Ernests Gulbis has described 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer as 'boring'
Ernests Gulbis has labelled the sport's big four 'as boring' saying post-match interviews should be more like boxing
Last Updated: 30/05/13 2:03pm
The 24-year-old Latvian says he has 'no wish to appear nice', and says Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray should try to give more interesting press conferences.
He told French newspaper L'Equipe: "I respect Roger, Rafa, Novak and Murray but, for me, all four of them are boring players. Their interviews are boring.
"Honestly, they are no good. I often go on YouTube to watch interviews but with tennis, I quickly stop. It is a joke.
"It is Federer who started this fashion. He has a superb image of the perfect Swiss gentleman. I repeat, I respect Federer but I don't like it that young players try to imitate him.
"When I hear them answer like Roger, I am terrified by phrases like: 'I had a little bit more success at certain moments and that is how I won.'
"I have no interest in appearing nice. On the court, it is a war. Off court, no problem. I have a good relationship with most of the players. But I want to say what I think. And if my prognosis is that I am going to win the match, it doesn't bother me to say so.
"I would like interviews to be more like in boxing. OK, maybe those guys are not the most brilliant on earth but, when they face each other down at the weigh-in, they bring what the fans want: war, blood, emotion.
"That's missing in tennis, where everything is clean and white with polite handshakes and some nice shots.
"The people want to see broken rackets and hear outbursts on the court.
"The system is much too bureaucratic. It would need that the top players agree to change things. But they are rather happy that the smaller players are treated badly and that they don't have enough money to pay for good coaches."
Gulbis, the world No 40, is well-known for being idiosyncratic on the ATP Tour but has never really made the most of his talents.
His highest career ranking is 21 and he has won three titles on the main tour - all on hard court.
He has his own private jet while his father is one of the wealthiest people in Latvia.
Ernests Gulbis was one of Sky Sports' outside picks for the French Open.