A certain player once again spoke candidly about his views on his fellow players, this time including not just Rafael Nadal but also the rest of the top 4 players. Ernests Gulbis spoke with L’Equipe in his usual frank manner. The Telegraph published an op-ed about the interview. Here are excerpts from the article. Read the full article here.
“Tennis today badly lacks characters,” said Gulbis, whose French Open came to an end when he lost to Gaël Monfils on Wednesday afternoon.
“I respect Roger, Rafa, Novak and Murray but, for me, all four of them are boring players. Their interviews are boring. Honestly, they are c—.”
Gulbis’s comments, published in the French newspaper L’Equipe, will resonate with many of tennis’s broadcasters and promoters, as well as the fans who still flock to see John McEnroe stage mini-tantrums at seniors events around the world.
“It is Federer who started this fashion,” he said. “He has a superb image of the perfect Swiss gentleman. I respect Federer but I don’t like it that young players try to imitate him. When I hear them answer like Roger, I am terrified by phrases like, ‘I had a little bit more success at certain moments and that is how I won.’
“If I win, the guy on the other side of the net, I have sent him home. I do not want to hear in an interview a guy who I will not name, but who I know well that he thinks all his opponents are a—holes, putting on an act.
“I would like interviews to be more like in boxing. When they face each other down at the weigh-in they bring what the fans want: war, blood, emotion.”
There is something to be said about being bold enough to express one’s opinion, but there is a fine line between being bold and being disrespectful. Perhaps “boring” could be “routine”? You tell us – are Rafa’s interviews boring?