Tennis - Latvian tennis has come into the spotlight once again with Jelena Ostapenko winning the French Open. But let's not forget Ernests Gulbis, the mercurial Latvian tennis star who reached the semi-finals of the French Open three years ago.
In an interview to Sport 360, Gulbis says he will continue to play tennis as the game helps him understand himself and will stop playing the moment he feels it does not help him anymore. "Tennis is a great part of our lives, it can be very frustrating, it can be very inspiring, it’s a beautiful thing.
But for me it’s an instrument of self-understanding and I think that anything you do in your life should be some kind of instrument to better understand yourself. That’s the most important thing, to understand yourself through the things that you do.
You have to understand that everybody has their own path and everybody has their own understanding in this path, how they understand themselves, how they understand the world around and how you deal with this. I’m going to try to live my path, to have fun out of it, and just to enjoy it as much as I can.
There are times of course when it’s very frustrating but it’s also part of it and if you understand it on a deeper level, if you can analyse what comes out of it, then you can keep on doing this. As soon as I understand that I can’t gain anything from doing this thing I’m going to stop doing this.
I’m not doing this for earning money or for earning popularity. I’m doing this because I know that this makes me right now a better man – going tennis and going through the struggles and that’s the most important thing.
And as soon as I understand that okay that’s it, this instrument, tennis as an instrument will not help me anymore to become a better man I’m going to stop.” Gulbis, who has now dropped out of the Top 200 in the rankings, says winning and losing helps him understand how people treat him and how he treats others.
"You understand very much yourself from all the highs, all the lows, from all the self-analysis, from all the struggles, from winning, from losing, from people’s behaviour, for example how people treat you when you’re winning, how people treat you when you’re losing.
You start to understand how you’re treating people when you’re winning or you’re losing. You see these things, why something is changing. And as soon as you think about it, this process of thinking makes you in some way, I wouldn’t say better or worse, but you evolve into something.
Not necessarily better or worse, it’s not for me to judge if I’m becoming better or worse, but just at the end of the day, just interesting, let’s leave it at that.” Also Read - How Nadal Can Become World No. 1 After Wimbledon