For the second time in its young history the
Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur will play host to four players ranked in
the world’s top-ten. The popular tournament in the heart of Asia has
already announced the brilliant Juan Martin Del Potro, in one of his
first events back, the exciting Japanese star Kei Nishikori and Milos
Raonic, the man with the blistering serves.
Once again the specially built indoor courts at
Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, will be the host venue for the US$1,022,255
ATP 250 tournament, which takes place from September 20 – 28, 2014.
The organizer IMG report that 10th
ranked, and one of the most exciting talents and great characters in
world tennis, Ernests Gulbis, has confirmed that he will be coming to
Gulbis reached his current career high ranking
of ten following his brilliant run at the French Open last month, which
also took him to his first career Grand Slam semifinal. The 25 year old
Latvian very quickly became a crowd favorite with his style of play that
includes one of the best backhands in men’s tennis, and for his
personality on and off the court, which is highly appealing to tennis
fans wherever he plays.
“I have not played so much tennis in Asia and I
have never been to Kuala Lumpur before, so I am very interested to go
there and see everything,” said Gulbis. “I hope the people like me
because I am sure they will not know me very well.”
He started the 2014 season ranked 24 in the
world which had been a jump of 115 places from the year before. Gulbis
has won six career titles and two of them have come this year in
Marseille and Nice, which was the week before the French Open. This year
he has also been a semi-finalist at the ATP 500’s in Barcelona and
Rotterdam, and made the quarters in Doha, Acapulco and the ATP Masters
1000 events in Indian Wells and Madrid.