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Women Need To 'Think About Kids,' Says Male Tennis Star

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ERNESTS GULBIS
Latvia's Ernests Gulbis returns the ball during the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Friday, May 30, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

PARIS (AP) — Ernests Gulbis says he hopes his two younger sisters don't become professional tennis players because women need "to think about kids."

The Latvian player, who advanced to the fourth round at the French Open on Friday, says "a woman needs to enjoy life a little bit more. Needs to think about family, needs to think about kids."

Gulbis will be playing in the second week of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since reaching the quarterfinals at the 2008 French Open. He will next face Roger Federer.

Gulbis says life on the tennis tour is difficult, more so for women who want children.

He says female tennis players can't think about having kids until they are in their late 20s, and "that's tough for a woman, I think."

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