Ernest Gulbis has always been a tennis player who has struggled to find the balance between talent and unruliness. He has had peaks of incredible tennis followed by dark moments and because of his inconsistency, he has been overtaken in popularity by his countrywoman Jelena Ostapenko, who in 2017 won the French Open.
In the most awaited challenge of the Sofia Open in Bulgaria this week, in which he faced Serbian and former top-10 player Viktor Troicki, he was defeated after almost two hours of battle, 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3. He lived his best year in 2014 when he reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros and won titles in Marseille and Nice.
He, then, suffered injuries which also affected his results. His defeat in Sofia is the latest example of a good opportunity wasted by Latvian. In 2017, he had a promising run in Wimbledon. But, it proved to be an exception and his slide has continued.
Gulbis is a player with enviable talent, who could have had a different career evolution. But injuries, bad performances and perhaps wrong choices have shadowed his potential. Now, at 30, how many chances will Gulbis have to return to playing at a high level? We ask you.
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