Gulbis bashes Canadian tennis fans on way out of Rogers Cup

Latvian Ernests Gulbis took a shot at Canadian tennis fans after being knocked out of the Rogers...

Latvian Ernests Gulbis took a shot at Canadian tennis fans after being knocked out of the Rogers Cup in Montreal August 9, 2013. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)

BRIAN DALY, QMI Agency

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Latvian tennis pro Ernests Gulbis doesn’t want you to think he’s calling Canadian tennis fans “stupid.”

But he has no problem suggesting every Canadian tennis player not named Milos Raonic is overrated.

After Raonic bounced him from the Rogers Cup in straight sets Friday, the outspoken European lit into Canadian players who have been greeted with frequent standing ovations and chants all week.

A record five Canadians made the second round in Montreal but Gulbis didn’t sound impressed.

“Honestly, some of them, I guess you know who, they don’t play really nowhere else,” said Gulbis, in an apparent reference to surprise semifinalist Vasek Pospisil, who has aggressively fist-pumped after most of his big winners.

Even if Gulbis wasn’t directly calling out Pospisil, his message was pretty clear.

“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.”

Gulbis would obviously prefer to see the locals show a bit more class, sort of like he did when he smashed his racket after losing a point to Raonic.

Thousands of centre court spectators showered the European with boos, which the 24-year-old European hadn’t forgotten post-match.

“They’re used to hockey here. It’s OK,” he quipped. “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.”

Gulbis immediately seemed to realize the quote might not go over too well.

“I can’t call a thousand people stupid,” he backtracked. “Don’t put it as a quote.”

Too late for that, Ernests.


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