I swear there is more bitchiness in men's tennis than women's. Ernests Gulbis, who has just helped send Latvia to World Group I for Davis Cup 2014, has given his thoughts on Novak Djokovic.
Ernests and Novak used to be friends; Ernests once even said Novak inspired him to work harder. The two used to hang out as juniors before Novak got really good. Ernie, as we all know, kept on partying.
According to a French website and translated by @Nole1989, Ernests has said he no longer likes Novak.
"I don't like Djokovic that much. We know each other since I'm 12. He was a normal guy then, but since his first big success he changed, his eyes changed. We never fought, but I felt he changed because of success. And I don't like people like that. I like strong characters that don't change because of success or money. That's why I be careful not to change myself".
It sounds like a bit of jealousy might be the case here... or perhaps it's like when your friend gets a new boyfriend and suddenly they never come out partying and are so not fun anymore. Regardless, Novak has clearly changed for the good of his tennis career and Ernie... hasn't. Oh well, he's still cute right?!
EDIT: A big thank you to the commenter below who found most of the interview here. Here are some more highlights from the interview, where he talks about Federer, Wawrinka, money, girls, money and more money!
To be honest I actually like to provocate others sometimes. I said few times about Nadal and other top players that they are boring in their interviews and such. Everybody just acts the same, everybody's the same. I don't want to be like all the others, I want to be different.
To be completely honest, I like women from post-soviet states the most - Latvia, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine. Russian speaking women because I don't have any problems with the language and of course Latvian speaking too. Language bonds people - you can't open up in a language you don't master.
You pay for plane tickets, your coach, eating - you have to pay for everything. And it just seems like if you play GS and get 20 000 dollars for losing in first round that you have 20 000 in your pocket and it's all good. If I you were from USA or England then if you play well, tennis federation helps, gives money, supports you. Raonic, for example, gets like half a million a year from tennis federation to cover all his expenses and everything he wins he gets to keep.
Everyone has their own reasons for playing tennis. Someone plays for the fame, others for records or money. When you reach your goal, you need to find another reason to continue to play for. Roger definitely played for money for some time. Then he got the money, he played for the fame, got the fame and played for records. Now that he has fallen in the rankings I think he plays to prove that he can make a comeback. I don't know if he can manage it, but you always have to have some kind of motivation.