No Vampires At Wimbledon For Gulbis

Julia Dent Contributor
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Ernests Gulbis really sunk his teeth into his post-match press conference when he confused “vampires” (aka Luis Suarez) and “umpires.”

The Latvian tennis player has been making headlines lately by angering feminists, smashing rackets and gambling away his prize money. (RELATED: Semi-Finalist In The French Open Gambled Away His Prize Money)

The No. 12 seed was asked if he agreed with John McEnroe to get rid of umpires so the players could call their own shots, according to the Wimbledon website.

“Get rid of vampires?” Gulbis asked.

“Have players call their own shots,” the reporter replied.

“I am for freedom of choice and I am for, let’s say, what’s on my mind,” Gulbis said. “I want to be able to say it. I don’t like when people go for popular decisions and popular answers and everybody is trying to be the nice guy. Not everybody is, you know.”

“Umpires? I thought something else. I thought vampires in the way the people who are surrounding and sucking the energy out of players. That’s what I meant.”

“Umpires, no. Without umpires, it wouldn’t work. I thought it was vampires.”

While getting rid of vampires (err … umpires) might make the competition less (more?) bloodthirsty, the stakes are still high at Wimbledon for Gulbis, and he’ll play Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine next.

Julia Dent