- Latvian tennis player Ernests Gulbis retired after a successful tennis career.
- Gulbis, hailing from a privileged background, pursued tennis from a young age and became a Top 10 player.
Ernests Gulbis, now a retired Latvian professional tennis player, was born on August 30, 1988, in Riga, Latvia. Gulbis entered the professional tennis scene in 2004 and bid farewell to his career in 2024. Throughout his journey, Gulbis showcased a formidable game style, known for his razor-sharp forehand and an imposing two-handed backhand, which troubled the greatest in the game
His journey from a budding tennis enthusiast to a renowned professional player is a testament to his dedication and passion for the sport. The former Top 10 player hailed from a wealthy business family yet consciously chose tennis as his career profession. Let’s delve deeper into his journey.
Ernests Gulbis’ family background
Gulbis’ upbringing was rooted in an environment of privilege and the artistic influence of his parents. His father, Ainars Gulbis, a successful investment businessman, and his mother, Milena, a theater actress, provided him with a supportive and nurturing upbringing. Raised as the second of five children, Gulbis grew up surrounded by a rich sporting heritage.
Notably, his paternal grandfather, Alvils Gulbis, was a distinguished member of the Soviet Union basketball team, underlining the family’s athletic legacy. Furthermore, Gulbis’s family connections extend to tennis, with his younger half-sister Laura also pursuing a professional career in the sport.
Ernests Gulbis’ tennis journey
Gulbis’s journey in tennis commenced at the tender age of 5. At 12, he embarked on intensive training at the Nikola Pilic Tennis Academy in Munich, honing his skills and laying the groundwork for his future professional endeavors. Despite minimal participation in junior tournaments, Gulbis officially transitioned into the world of professional tennis at just 15 years old, marking the onset of his illustrious career.
Throughout his professional tenure, Gulbis etched his name in tennis history, clinching six ATP singles titles and attaining a career-high singles ranking of world no. 10 in June 2014. Among his notable achievements are his semifinal appearance at the 2014 French Open and impressive performances at Wimbledon and the US Open.
He reached the fourth round of the US Open and Wimbledon in 2007 and 2018 respectively. Gulbis’s commitment to the sport propelled him as one of Latvia’s most celebrated athletes and earned him a career prize money of $7.7 million.
When Ernests Gulbis defeated Roger Federer
A defining moment in Gulbis’s career unfolded at the 2014 French Open when he delivered a stunning upset by defeating the formidable Roger Federer in the fourth round. Seeded 18th, Gulbis exhibited remarkable resilience emerging victorious over the 4th seed in a thrilling five-set encounter with a scoreline of 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
This is the first time Federer has lost in the fourth round of a Grand Slam in over one and a half decades. The monumental triumph not only showcased Gulbis’s exceptional skill set but also served as a watershed moment in his career, earning him widespread recognition and acclaim within the tennis fraternity.
Ernests Gulbis’ retirement from tennis
After more than two decades of gracing the tennis courts with his talent and tenacity, Gulbis bid farewell to the sport in 2024. His retirement announcement came following a period of inactivity, reflecting on a career marked by both triumphs and challenges. Gulbis leaves behind a lasting legacy in the history of Latvian men’s tennis characterized by his indomitable spirit and dedication to the game.
Ernests Gulbis officially retired.
Former top 10 and Grand Slam semifinalist, his last match was more than one year ago. pic.twitter.com/rj8IVF18Uc
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) February 12, 2024
He had once famously told his coach, “The only time I’m happy is 10 minutes after I won a match, and then I am already worried about the next match.” As he embarks on a new chapter beyond the confines of a tennis court, Gulbis’s contributions to the sport along with his humble and down-to-earth personality continue to resonate among his many tennis fans worldwide.