Ernests Gulbis fondly nicknamed "The Gull" or "Ernie" is a Latvian professional tennis player. Gulbis' professional training in tennis began at the age of 12, when he was enrolled at the Niki Pilic Tennis Academy in Croatia. The highlights of his career up to 2006 included reaching the finals of the Oberstaufen Challenger and Tampere Challenger. Gulbis announced his arrival on the Grand Slam stage in the 2007 French Open by defeating the British veteran, Tim Henman. In 2008, Gulbis won his first ATP Tour doubles title at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, teaming with Rainer Schüttler. In 2010 he won his first ATP Tour singles title in Delray Beach, defeating Ivo Karlovic in the final. He won his second ATP title in July 2011 after defeating Mardy Fish in the final of the 2011 Farmers Classic tournament. A fourth round appearance at the 2007 US Open, a quarterfinal appearance at the 2008 French Open, as well as several other ATP World Tour semifinal appearances are some of the highlights of his illustrious career. Gulbis has also played in three Davis Cup ties for Latvia in 2009, winning all seven of the rubbers in which he participated.