This might be the best mixup during a press conference in years and I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more with certain language barriers. After beating Jurgen Zopp at Wimbledon, Ernests Gulbis had a weird/interesting conversation with a reporter about umpires. But, what Gulbis had thought he heard was “vampires.” His reaction when he finally realized what the question was originally about was pricelss.
“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.”