Ernests Gulbis eager to make main draw cut for Australian Open

Tennis: World No. 145 Gulbis hopes to return to the top-100 as he wants to directly enter into the Australian Open.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Ernests Gulbis eager to make main draw cut for Australian Open

Latvian tennis star Ernests Gulbis hopes to return to the top-100 before the season ends as his goal is to make the main draw cut for the Australian Open. The Latvian dropped out the top-200 in the second week of this season.

However, the 30-year-old has since climbed up to No. 145 in the world. Gulbis, a 2014 French Open semi-finalist, reached his career-high ranking of No. 10 four years ago. Gulbis will continue his rankings rise when the ATP list gets updated next week.

The Latvian beat Swedish rising star Mikael Ymer in the Intrum Stockholm Open first round 6-4 6-3. Gulbis won two qualifying mathes over the weekend to earn a place in the Stockholm main draw. The Latvian plays next against world No.

30 Denis Shapovalov -- who beat qualifier Peter Polansky. "Hopefully, I can get into the top-100 at the end of year and make the main draw for the Australian Open," Gulbis told Tennisportalen after his win over Ymer. Gulbis hasn't played at Melbourne Park since 2016.

The Latvian opted not to play this year's Australian Open qualifying. However, the 30-year-old did feature the qualifying events of the remaining three Grand Slams. Gulbis managed to qualify for the French Open and Wimbledon -- but failed to do so at the US Open.

The Latvian made the second round at Roland Garros, before reaching the round-of-16 at The All England Club Also read: Roberto Bautista Agut, Julia Georges set to defend Auckland titles

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