Ernests Gulbis (LAT) Player Profile

by The Insider on July 5, 2008 · 2 comments

in Player Profiles

Name: Ernests Gulbis
: Latvia
Birthdate: 30-Aug-88
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.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Ricky July 9, 2008 at 4:06 am

Gulbis doesn’t like to follow in his serve as much as possible. He is content to slug it out from the baseline until he gets a short ball, at which point he has no problems coming into net and finishing points. Rarely does he follow in his serve, however.

Also trying to take advantage of Gulbis’ second serves is not at all the way to beat him. Gulbis hits his second serve harder than anyone I have seen and his second is better than several players’ first.

Finally, constant attacking of the Gulbis backhand is not the way to go. Gulbis’ forehand is a much more powerful weapon, but his backhand is much more solid and free from errors. If you want to get mistakes out of him, keep it to the forehand and just make sure you keep it DEEP, otherwise you are dead. You want to attack his backhand with approach shots, yes, but if you just looking to draw an errors from the back of the court, hit it deep to the forehand side.


Aaron L. August 1, 2008 at 6:50 am

I agree with Ricky, unlike with what others may say, his backhand is a steady shot and fairly deadly when your at the wrong position and he decides to hit it with accuracy. His forehand splays around once he is fatigued. He has an amazing dropshot and great feel for the ball. He needs more practice and He’ll be an amazing tennis player to watch! 😀 I’m a fan after watching him play Blake 4R at Cincinatti 2008!


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