I decided that it was about time to open a cheering thread for Gastão at MTF.
Huge potencial, huge progress this year.
"Pepe" is a former Top-10 Junior, won the Eddie Herr International, won a Futures event at the age of 16, was a training partner for Federer for two weeks, while he was 16 - Gastão, not Federer
Injuries got to him, and prevented rapid success in the following years, but by the end of 2010 skies cleared for Gastão.
He is now coached by Jaime Oncins, former great Brazilian player, great support of Gastão's progression these last months.
He started the season outside Top-600, next week he will be into Top-300. Already won two Futures, got to the final of another. Got to the quarters of Bucaramanga CH and now is in SF of Guadeloupe CH, huge victories this week so far (Bollelli, Reister, Bohli). Next week Qualy of Miami.
I really think we'll hear a lot about him in the near future.
Go, Gastão, one of the rising stars of Portuguese tennis!