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By Chris Oddo | Friday, March 21, 2014

 
Ernests Gulbis' smashed racquet

It was another rough and tumble affair for Ernests Gulbis in Miami on Friday, as the smashed racquet clearly indicates.

Photo Source: Tennis TV

Gulbis: Verb, To smash a Wilson racquet violently, often times out of anger, but sometimes out of boredom. As in, “Dude, he Gulbised that racquet something fierce.”

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Yep, that's right, Ernests Gulbis, perhaps regretting the fact that he didn't smash, er Gulbis, a racquet during his quarterfinal loss to John Isner at Indian Wells last week, just had to do it. During a long, heated battle with Julien Benneteau, Gulbis finally let his anger get the best of him after missing this backhand to hand Benneteau a break point.

***Somewhat rude, given that the Latvian had to take a timeout to get a new racquet during a crucial juncture of the match.

They are still playing as this post was published. After Gulbis failed to serve out the match at 5-3, Benneteau will serve to stay alive.

***Update: Benneteau has just broken serve and will serve for the match leading 6-5 in the decider, with the crowd decidedly behind him.

***Update #2: Benneteau wins 6-4, 4-6, 7-5

 

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