Love him or hate him, Ernests Gulbis, who lost a tight four setter to Gael Monfils, is certainly an interesting character. His latest soundbite? Gulbis has said the top four are 'boring.'
"Tennis today badly lacks characters. I respect Roger [Federer], Rafa [Nadal], Novak [Djokovic] and [Andy] Murray, but for me all four of them are boring players. Their interviews are boring. Honestly, they are really boring. I often go on YouTube to watch interviews. I quickly stopped watching tennis interviews. It's a joke. It was Federer who started this trend. He has a superb image as a perfect Swiss gentleman. I repeat that I respect Federer, but I don't like the way that young players try to imitate him."
Gulbis has, predictably, drawn much criticism for his comments. Federer himself replied, "I know what Gulbis means. But it's not always our fault. We have to do so many press conferences, he does less."
Federer, with his slightly snarky comment, has a point. The top four constantly get asked the same questions over and over again, and therefore they answer the same way over and over again. But Gulbis is right, it is boring.
Gulbis might have a thick skin, but most people don't. When players do speak up and give an opinion on something, they often get criticised by media and fans. Sloane Stephens is a prime example of this. Her comments on Serena were interesting and honest, but she quickly had to apologise and retract her words after she was criticised and verbally abused for speaking her mind. It's unlikely she'll ever tell us what she really thinks again. If players are to speak more of their own opinions, we need to stop criticising them for it. The amount of backlash Gulbis has received for his comments just proves this. Good on him for speaking his mind, but we need to change if we want others to speak theirs.
On a lighter note, the Gulbis/Monfils match lived up to its hype. At one point, Monfils requested permission from the umpire to use his phone to film the crowd doing the wave.
He said the video might eventually make it to Youtube. Cute!
In upset land, Caroline Wozniacki left the court in tears after losing to Bojana Jovanovski. It's a shame; I really wanted to see more of that dress.
Avarene Rezai, who lost in three sets to Petra Kvitova, caused a stir when she announced she was back working with her father, who was once allegedly investigated by police for abusing her. Rezai initially cut contact with him, but now says they have reconciled
“We all deserve a second chance,” she said. “So for the time being, this works. I entrust everything to my dad [tennis wise]. Our relationship has changed. I think that everybody in this room has problems with their parents. We've all got problems with our respective families. I'm in the public eye so this is blown out of proportion a bit. We've all got problems. We always try and iron them out and move on. This is my objective with my family. It's much better than it was in the past in my mind, and I'm delighted to have made the decision I did.”
And from the land of Australia, (you all know I have to keep you up to date on it), 17 year old Ash Barty took out Lucie Hradecka in three sets for her first her Grand Slam win. Watch out, Stosur, Ash is hot on your heels!
Until tomorrow, Kait