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Ernests Gulbis is a dynamic tennis talent and a man of his word. If he has to lead the way to provide more fireworks in men's tennis, he will do so.
First, he played some excellent tennis in defeating three quality players: Feliciano Lopez, Fabio Fognini and Andy Murray. If this were a game of Risk, he captured Western Europe.
But the real story is his attempt to fill the void of boring stars at the top of the ATP. In May, Gulbis voiced his displeasure, saying in an interview through SI.com, "Tennis today lacks characters. I respect Roger [Federer], Rafa [Nadal], Novak [Djokovic] and [Andy] Murray but all four are boring players. ... Their interviews are boring, they are rubbish. It's a joke."
Now he is providing the bulletin board material by taking shots at Canadian players and fans, as reported in the Toronto Sun:
Milos is a great player. But the rest of the guys, they play great in Canada because it’s like Davis Cup every match. People are clapping after a double fault, before a second serve to provoke a double fault. I don’t think it’s nice.
If that were not enough fireworks, he took further shots at the fans, also in the Toronto Sun:
They’re used to hockey here. It’s OK. But, honestly, I don’t understand why you need to clap for a double fault. Simply, I don’t understand it. You know, there can be emotions, but I think it’s stupid.
It's probably not the wisest reaction for a player to chide the intelligence of a country's fanbase. He provided rousing commentary, but he is also the deserving winner of this week's burnt bagel award.