It's not hard to tell that Ernests Gulbis is the son of an actress.
The 25-year-old Latvian seems supremely comfortable in the spotlight, a place he's found himself quite often recently.
During last month's French Open, Gulbis earned a ton of ire for his comments about female tennis players. And, as tennis fans know, these are hardly the first controversial statements made by Gulbis.
Gulbis fell to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals in Paris, which marked the farthest he has advanced at a Grand Slam tournament. He was awarded $557,000 for his finish and, accordingly to him, he promptly blew his winnings.
In several interviews, Gulbis says after the French Open he returned to Latvia and went to a casino with his cousin. At this point the story gets murky, but it seems clear that he blew all or part of his winnings on blackjack.
He told Gazzetta dello Sport that he lost the entirety of the $557,000:
"After losing to Djokovic, I returned to Latvia with my cousin and I went to the Casino: I bet all prize money won in Paris and I lost it."
However in another interview Gulbis says he actually lost part of that total. When the interviewer says he loves Gulbis' "maverick" image -- which is something Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray most definitely do not have -- Gulbis responded that "it's not image at all."
Fortunately for Gulbis he comes from a wealthy family and has accumulated nearly $5 million in career earnings. So despite his blackjack woes he's unlikely to go into debt anytime soon.
While Gulbis would be well-served to tone down his sexism (which, as Maria Sharapova pointed out, may have been an act), he could inject tennis with a dose of disregard that the sport hasn't seen since John McEnroe.
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