Name: Ernests Gulbis
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Residence: Jurmala, Latvia
Plays: Right Handed
Highest Singles Ranking: 46 (8-Oct-07)
Highest Doubles Ranking: 160 (25-Jun-07)
Scouting: Gulbis is one of the players on the rise in a fast way. I saw Earnests play juniors a few years ago and he is a big fella with an even bigger serve. His main weapon has to be his serve but the remainder of his game is also improving, this is the key reason why his ranking is also on the continuous rise. I predict Ernests to be in the top 20 by the end of the Australian Open next year.
As I mentioned Ernests has a very big serve and he likes to follow it into the net as much as possible. Currently, you need to stay on top of your returns and really trying to get some penetration on his second serves. Ernests also has quite a big forehand that he likes to really go after and hit, so you would need to really focus on his backhand side and just play consistent from the back of the court and you should have a good chance. All this is easy to say when you have a 200km serve coming down at you consistently, but in this case it is really not about the pace, but more about the height he gets on his serves. Because Ernests come down from a fair height when the ball bounces down the other end you will always seem to be hitting returns from over your head.