Ernests Gulbis confuses umpires for vampires in press conference
LONDON -- The more opportunities Ernests Gulbis gets to sit in front of a microphone the better. The No. 12 seed earned a tight straight-set win over Jurgen Zopp in his first round at Wimbledon. Then he spent a good portion of his press conference talking about vampires. Kind of.
Gulbis was asked whether he had heard John McEnroe's comments about wanting to eliminate umpires from the game and let the players call their own lines. Except Gulbis heard it as a question about "vampires." Thinking that McEnroe was analogizing player entourages with blood-sucking vampires, Gulbis answered the question earnestly and, well, colorfully.
When the reporter asked a follow-up question it finally dawned on Gulbis. "My God. 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. So please delete [my answer]."
You can watch the entire exchange here.