The ‘Big Four’ of the tennis world — Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal — have been branded as ‘boring’ by the Latvian tennis player, world No. 40 Ernests Gulbis, who wants them to start using insults and abuses to liven up their interviews.
Gulbis has said that the tennis of today lacks character, adding that although he respects the tennis stars, they are boring and give dull interviews, the Mirror reports.
Stating that he has stopped watching tennis interviews on YouTube as they are a ‘joke’, Gulbis said that he does not want to listen to a player who puts on a nice appearance during interviews despite personally viewing each of his opponents as unimportant.
Gulbis, the son of a millionaire banker, blamed Federer for starting this ‘boring’ fashion, saying that the Swiss star has a superb image of the perfect gentleman, which, however, he does not want other young players to emulate, and instead wants them to trash talk like boxers.
According to Gulbis, the interviews should be more like boxing, where opponents face each other at the weigh-in by bringing war, blood, emotion, which the fans love, adding that such things are missing in tennis, where, he said, everything is clean and white with polite handshakes and some nice shots.
Gulbis further said that tennis fans also want to see broken racquets and hear outbursts on court. — Agencies