This is a short interview that appeared in the Peruvian paper El Comercio where Gaudio talks about Lucho:
GASTON GAUDIO WOULD LIKE TO PLAY WITH LUIS HORNA IN THE LATTER´S FAREWELL TO PROFESSIONAL TENNIS.
The Argentine player is a friend of Lucho´s, and the Peruvian´s victim in Acapulco 2006. Horna has announced that he will retire from tennis after the Lima Challenger.
- “Hey, Lucho”, he says affectionately, feints a hug and strokes his bald pate.
Gastón Gaudio and Luis Horna have been friends ever since the Peruvian started to train in Buenos Aires. The Gato - witness and victim of the Peruvian´s first title (Acapulco 2006) - says that he himself is in the final stages of his career, and that he would like to play with Lucho in his last match as a professional tennis player in the 2009 Lima Challenger.
How do you feel about Horna´s retirement?
- “As a tennis player I regret that Lucho is retiring because we´ve shared almost the whole of our careers, we´ve played against each other, we´ve had our battles, and it will be a great loss for the sport. But as a friend I´m pleased for him if he´s happy, and if he wants to be able to enjoy other things, being with his family, or being in Lima, it´s understandable”.
Do you recall any important duel with him?
- “We have more shared memories as friends than as tennis players. We haven´t played each other more than a couple of times. But we would dine out, for instance. He lived in Buenos Aires a long time because he trained there, and we have shared experiences as friends”.
Would you like to take part in his last match?
- “I´d love to play the final against him, it would be great”. (According to the draw they could face each other in semifinals).
At what stage in your career are you?
- “In the final stages”.
How many years do you have left?
- “I´ll see how I finish next year, and after that I´ll decide”.
What motivates you?
- “Every time I watch the tournaments where I´ve played all my life on TV, it makes me want to be there again”.
So would you like to relive Paris 2004?
- “No, I would like to be in France in 2010. To have won Roland Garros is priceless, but that´s in the past”.
So maybe we´ll see you there in 2010?
- “I´d like that, it´s motivating. I know it will be difficult, but now I have to work to get into the top 100, and then we´ll see”.