A hilarious misunderstanding between Ernests Gulbis and a journalist at a press conference Monday led to a phenomenal discussion about vampires.
The Latvian player sat down with the press following his first-round win over Jurgen Zopp at Wimbledon, and it didn’t take long for things to get weird. The No. 12 seed was asked what he thought about the sport getting rid of umpires and solely depending on players to call their own lines.
That wasn’t what Gulbis heard, though.
“Get rid of vampires?” Gulbis replied.
Gulbis went with it beautifully, responding for approximately a minute about his honest take on the question before he finally realized this wasn’t about “Twilight” at all.
“Get rid of umpires? My God I thought something else. I thought vampires,” Gulbis said with a laugh. “Vampires in the way that people who are surrounding and sucking the energy out of players. That’s what I meant. Umpires. That would be a better comparison. Umpires? No. Without umpires it wouldn’t work.”
At least we can all rest easy knowing that Gulbis is not an advocate of vampires in tennis. Whew.