After two weeks of pre-season on clay, Guga is now practicing on hard courts.
GUGA ALREADY PRACTICING ON HARD COURTS
Translated by me.
Guga getting ready for the first tournaments of the season
Gustavo Kuerten is already practicing on hard courts, same surface from the first challenges of the year, in New Zealand and Australia.
After two weeks of pre-season on clay, Guga is now practicing on hard courts, two weeks before he travels to Auckland, using the court that got ready just next week, located in the Larri Passos Tennis Pro, in Camboriú.
"This year, we have more time for the pre-season and we could start with two weeks on the clay. I think it´s vital that we start the work on this surface, even if the season starts on hard courts, because the clay makes the player work more on the mental, making him hit more balls. In addition to that, clay keeps the player stronger, both physical and mentally," explained Larri.
Guga believes he won´t have such a hard time adapting to the hard courts now.
"Now-a-days it´s a lot easier to me to play on fast courts. Of course it´s different from the clay, but it´s no longer a big mistery. I learned a lot in the past years and now each day the preparation goes towards getting more specific to that surface," said Guga, who is working in his third pre-season. "The daily work is still the same, very hard, hitting the gym, the pool, spending a lot of time on court. The only difference is that we changed from the clay to the hard."
Guga and coach Larri Passos go to Auckland on January 1st. The competition starts on the 6th, and the Australian Open, in Melbourne, starts on January 13. Both the tournaments are played on fast courts.