After falling in a tight three-set match to Milos Raonic in the Montreal quarterfinals, Latvian Ernests Gulbis criticizes the fans in attendance, as well as some Canadian players. Some fans clapped when he double-faulted.
“I don’t understand why you need to clap for a double fault,” he told reporters. “Simply, I don’t understand it. There can be emotions, but I think it’s stupid.”
He then tried to backtrack.
“I can’t call a thousand people stupid,” he said. “Don’t put it as a quote.”
Gulbis did praise Raonic for his play, but then said that other Canadians tend to play better at home are non-factors away. Another Canadian, Vasek Pospisil, will face Raonic in the semifinals.
“Honestly, some of them, I guess you know who, they don’t play really nowhere else,” said Gulbis. “Milos is a great player. But the rest of the guys, they play great in Canada because it’s like Davis Cup every match. People are clapping after a double fault, before a second serve to provoke a double fault. I don’t think it’s nice.”