Before his second-round exit at the French Open, 40th-ranked Ernests Gulbis delivered a fierce volley to the world’s top four players: “You’re too safe and too boring.”
Speaking to the French daily, L’Equipe, Gulbis had this to say ahead of his tough four-set defeat to Monfils:
“I respect Roger [Federer], Rafa [Nadal], Novak [Djokovic] and [Andy] Murray but, for me, all four of them are boring players. Their interviews are boring.”
Gulbis seems to long for the days of Connors and McEnroe, rather than the mild-mannerisms of Roger Federer and Andy Murray.
Murray, for one, says he dumbs down his public appearances so as to steer clear from possible media malfeasance. In an interview with GQ, Murray was quoted as saying:
“I always try to give honest answers. But they are fairly boring so I don’t have to deal with the aftermath of any scandals.”
Johnny Mac lent a bit of support to Gulbis’ assertions:
“I don’t disagree that it would be nice in a way,” he said, “people going at it a little more viciously. [But] it’s like it’s not their styles. I guess they find it hard to show it. I’m not sure what there is underneath the surface.”
To his credit, Nadal actually sounded off against tournament officials Friday calling the scheduling a “joke.”
Gulbis will have time to catch up on his favorite Harlequin Romance while the boring top four continue to duke it out at Roland Garros.