• Gulbis incurs game penalty in loss to Monaco

    4/17/13 6:22 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Gulbis incurs game penalty in loss to Monaco Juan Monaco benefits from an Ernests Gulbis meltdown and advances to the Monte-Carlo third round on Wednesday. Next up for Monaco is world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

    Even during his hottest of hot streaks, Ernests Gulbis has one of the most volatile tempers on tour.

    Gulbis, who had won 17 of his last 18 matches, incurred a game penalty in the third set en route to a 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 loss to Juan Monaco during second-round action at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Wednesday. Monaco kept a level head and converted six of 14 break chances to prevail in one hour and 58 minutes.

    For a while this match featured nothing more than straightforward dominance by Monaco. The 20th-ranked Argentine dropped only six service points in the first set and did not lose a single game. He broke for 1-0, 3-0, and 5-0 before serving it out in routine fashion.

    Gulbis seemed to be on the fast track to a tame exit when he dropped serve again to fall behind 1-0 in set two. The Latvian ultimately lost eight games in a row before finally getting on the scoreboard with a hold for 1-2. Finally into the match, Gulbis earned his first break of the day for 3-3 and was momentarily off to the races. Gulbis ended the set on a five-game winning streak to force a decider in style.

    The world No. 56, however, never came close to maintaining his momentum. Having already broken a racket in the first set, Gulbis was docked a point penalty serving at 0-1 in the third after kicking a ball into the stands. He dropped serve a few points later with an ill-advised drop-shot. One more broken racket resulted in a game penalty and put Gulbis in a 3-0 hole as Monaco got a free pass on serve.

    Monaco showed signs of cracking when he failed to serve out the match at 5-1, but his opponent could not quite fully recover from a funk that was both mental and physical. Monte-Carlo's No. 14 seed finished off the proceedings with a hold at 5-3 as Gulbis' unforced error count--mostly off the forehand side--ballooned to 53. Gulbis had one break point to get back on serve but made a return error after strong serve by Monaco.

    Next up for Monaco is world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who overcame Mikhail Youzhny 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

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Conspirator , 4/17/13 6:44 PM

It seems that Gulbis is back to his self-destructive ways. I guess he's decided to stop playing decent tennis and just have meltdowns in matches.

Nativenewyorker , 4/17/13 6:54 PM

Good grief. That was just childish.

cherylmurray , 4/17/13 8:46 PM

He looked in an evil mood the moment he stepped onto the court. Throwing tantrums at his age is not cool.

ed251137 , 4/17/13 9:09 PM

How is saving a break point at 5-3 an EASY hold?

I think the chair umpire would have been lenient had it been any other player. In fact I can't even remember Safin being given a game penalty and we all know the type of stuff he did. I've seen a lot worse.

chr18 , 4/17/13 9:55 PM

tennis players react to the game penalty on facebook -

RickyDimon , 4/20/13 6:32 AM


ed251137 , 4/20/13 7:07 AM

lol. That was funny. My favorite part was the Gilbert nicknames.

cherylmurray , 4/20/13 7:03 PM

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