Latvian tennis professional Ernests Gulbis is a fantastic example of what someone can achieve with pure hard work. While he never came through any vaunted academies, Gulbis has had to work for everything he has earned as a professional. He won his first ATP Tour titles in 2008, playing alongside Rainer Schuttler in the U.S. Clay Court Championships.
His first ATP Singles title came at Delray Beach when he defeated Ivo Karlovic in an excellent final. So far, he has picked up an impressive 6 ATP titles to his name, and has also impressed at Grand Slam level.
In 2014, he achieved his career-best Grand Slam result when he reached as far as the Semi Finals of the 2014 French Open. His best beforehand was the 2008 French Open, when he reached the Quarter Finals.
He has reached as high as 10th in the ATP Singles rankings, too, becoming the first Latvian to do so. Achieving this in 2014, the Latvian has enjoyed some highs and lows since but is easily seen as one of the best players on the European circuit outside of the very elite. At only 30, too, much greater success could still come along.