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The Articles and News Thread

Dissident
08-20-2002, 04:10 PM
We already have a picture thread, but we didnt have one for articles and news. So there ya go. :D
Have fun :wavey:

Dissident
08-20-2002, 04:10 PM
To start with, article from today´s newspaper:

Guga still not playing and sinking in the rankings
- Brazilian, currently practicing in Florianopolis, is number 46 on the Entry System

Gustavo Kuerten keeps on sinking on the ATP rankings, announced every Monday. Yesterday, Guga appeared ten positions below last week, as number 46. The reason was the loss of 175 points, for he didn´t play the Indianapolis tournament, in which he was runner-up last year. The brazilian tennis player won´t play this week either. He is preparing himself for the US Open, starting on August 26.

In the Race of the Champions, that take into account only this year´s results, Guga is ranked 65 – third brazilian in the list, behind Andre Sa and Fernando Meligeni. Sa, Meligeni and Flavio Saretta play this week the Long Island tournament, also in the USA, warming up for the US Open, last Grand Slam of the year. Saretta is already into the second round. Yesterday, he beat the spanish David Sanchez, coming back on a 3/6 6/4 6/2 match. In the round of 16 he will face the german Rainer Schuettler.

Meligeni won´t have it easy on the start. In the first round, he already gets to play Paradorn Srichaphan, runner-up in last week´s tournament in Washington. The winner of that match then faces Nicolas Lapentti, from Ecuador. Sa´s opponent is Ramon Delgado, from Paraguay.

Dissident
08-21-2002, 12:36 AM
Another article from another newspaper today.

Losing in the US Open, Guga can crash to number 80.
Sa passes Meligeni in the Race of the Champions.

The environment is of big concern and cheer for Gustavo Kuerten in Florianopolis. He, who by the beggining of the year was the world number 1 [my ps, they are wrong, he was number 2. But whatever... :o] and spread his love for his city world wide, got down other 10 positions in the Entry System ranking and is the new number 46. Guga, who underwent a hip surgery in February, is not practicing in the same places he used to. He now prefers the closed and private courts. Maybe he wont even call the press for an interview before his travel to New York this week. The last Grand Slam of the season starts on Monday, the US Open, and Guga defends 250 points from last year. If the worst happens, Guga can fall to around the 80s in the ranking.

Dissident
08-22-2002, 04:18 AM
08.16.02
From Gugas site

Guga wants to surprise us all in New York.

After a tough practicing week in Florianopolis, Gustavo Kuerten and his coach Larri Passos are both concentrated and focused on getting to New York, to play the US Open, as prepared as they could be.
The duo is working all by themselves, spending around three daily hours on court. Larri´s goal is to see Guga surprising everyone in New York.
"We are working on a solution. During the last tournaments, I could see how the players are preparing themselves to beat Guga, and we are working on some different plays, so then he can get there and take them by surprise." Larri explained.

The coach also said that his pupil´s production is progressing each day. "We are being succesful on our quiet practicing, and Guga´s performance is getting better. The last two days were really very good."

Guga, who wont have neither the Saturday off, said he is happy about his work. "We´ve been working hard, really focused, each day I feel the ball better in my racquet, and thats the way to go".

Dissident
08-22-2002, 04:42 AM
08.21.2002
GUGA HEADING TO NEW YORK THIS WEDNESDAY

First opponent is french Julien Boutter.

After almost two weeks of hard work in Brazil, Gustavo Kuerten and Larri Passos are leaving to New York this wednesday. The draws are already out, and Guga has to play the french Julien Boutter.

"Its a tough match, but like everything is in a tournament like this. I lost both the two matches we played, but I had some good practicing here, and Im very happy that I can play the last Grand Slam of the season. I like to play in New York, Im looking forward to it and with good memories of the matches I had there last year and in 1999." said Guga, who reached the quarterfinals on both ocasions.

Last year, the brazilian had a match to go into midnight, where he beat belarussian Max Mirnyi, 3 sets to 2, having only 13 unforced errors the whole match.

Another match we cant forget was in 1999, when he lost to the french Cedric Pioline, in four sets. The match had so hard fought points that, in a given moment of the match, Guga crossed the whole court to shake Cedric´s hand for one of his brilliant plays.

Larri, who had closed sessions of practice with Guga since they came back to Florianopolis, said eh laughed a lot when he knew Gugas opponent would be Boutter, 54th in the Entry System and 59th in the Race. "I think we were already preparing ourselves for this match without knowing, because our last work here in Florianopolis, this morning, we had highlights on the serve and volley and the serve return."

The coach also said that he is travelling happy, and that if it depends on the work they developed in these 12 days in Brazil, Guga is ready. "We spent something like 36 hours in the court and Guga did his job very well. All days in my life, even the ones when Guga was the number one, I would wake up thinking about going to work, and thats what we did. Now I just hope the match doesnt go for further than 4 hours, because three we spent in the court everyday."

Larri and Guga have already decided on a practicing session in Flushing Meadows for Thursday. "We are going now, to work there, with the tournament balls, the courts and the weather"

HEAD TO HEAD
Guga vs Boutter

2001 - Basel (indoor carpet)
Boutter df. Kuerten 7/6 6/2
2002 Australian Open (hard-rebound ace)
Boutter df Kuerten 3/6 4/6 7/5 6/3 6/3

Dissident
01-02-2003, 06:01 PM
*BUMP*

Let´s post all the articles here. Makes the things more organized. ;)

Dissident
01-02-2003, 06:10 PM
First article of 2003. :)

From Guga´s site. Translated by meself. :p

GUGA FINISHED THE PREPARATION FOR 2003 THIS TUESDAY

After a whole month of intensive practice sessions in coach Larri Passos´ academy, in Camboriu, Gustavo Kuerten finished this Tuesday his preparation for 2003 with the conviction that he´s ready for a long year of tournaments on the tour.

During four weeks, with breaks only on Sundays, Guga practiced hard and spent almost 12 hours on court in Larri Passos Tenis Pro, chasing the best preparation possible for the 2003 season, which begins, for the brazilian, on January 6th, in Auckland, New Zealand.

"I did the last session, before I leave for the circuit, this Tuesday. I finish this phase being sure that I´m ready to go. These were exhausting weeks, but they will pay off. They are the base for everything I will need for a long time of competition," said Guga.

Coach Larri Passos was happy about the hard work weeks in Santa Catarina as well. "The pre-season was excelent. Guga leaves Brazil very strong and really well prepared, ready to start the year with a bang."

Guga and Larri took the plane to Auckland this Wednesday, as Guga plays the ATP Tournament in the city next week. The other week, He plays the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Dissident
01-02-2003, 06:24 PM
And another one :)

Guga is on his way to New Zeland.
Jan 2, 2003

Florianopolis (SC) - Gustavo Kuerten is on his way to Auckland, New Zealand, where he plays, from Monday on, his first tournament in the 2003 season.

After a month of intense preparation for the new year, Guga got in the plane to Auckland late in the afternoon this Wednesday, fro Hercilio Luz Airport in Florianopolis, ready to start the competition and also to face the long flight.

Expert in travels to Oceania (;)), Guga chose the shortest path. From Florianopolis, he went to Buenos Aires, with a stop in Porto Alegre (my home town :D), and then straight to Auckland.

"Usually, we don´t go to Auckland, so we go straight to Australia and the trip is even more tiring. Maybe this time we have better luck. But the worst part is the adaptation to the time zone," said Guga, before the departure, in reference to the 15 hour gap between Brazil and New Zealand.

This is the first time Guga plays the Auckland ATP. The arrival of the three times Roland Garros champion in New Zealand is planned to this Friday. After playing the Heineken Open, Guga goes to Melbourne, Australia, for the first Grand Slam of the season.

Dissident
01-02-2003, 06:25 PM
Btw, that last one was from www.tenisbrasil.com.br
:)

Jessi
01-03-2003, 04:05 AM
Guga sounds very upbeat!

Kuerten ready to unwrap a few surprises

03.01.2003 By TERRY MADDAFORD Don't come looking for Gustavo Kuerten in his trademark Brazilian yellow uniform at next week's open.

In a switch from his preferred colours, the ever-popular Kuerten will step out at the Heineken Open with a fresh new look as he continues his comeback from the injuries which curtailed his playing schedule in early 2002.

Kuerten arrived in Auckland early this morning and is likely to play his first-ever match at the ASB Tennis Centre on Tuesday.

"I'm looking forward to playing in Auckland for the first time," said Kuerten. "I'm trying to get back on track and soon as possible. I'm looking forward to playing well and winning some matches.

"I have great hopes for the new season.

"This time I have taken more time off and will now use this tournament as an important part of my preparation for the Australian Open.

"But, I know it will not be easy," said the 26-year-old from Florianopolis in Brazil. "Like myself, there are many top players looking for good matches before the Australian Open.

"The field is very tough but every match I can win will be very good for me."

To his huge band of fans worldwide "Guga" is God.

"The Brazilian people inspire me. I'm sure it will be the same in Auckland. I have five or six friends who live in Auckland. I'm sure you'll see them and their flags."

With his well-documented passion for surfing, is he likely to nip out to Piha?

"Not this time. I prefer to stay on the court. Maybe I'll come back another time to go to the beaches and see the city."

Kuerten said playing at sea level would be an advantage.

"They are the same conditions as where I live."

His early-year dream?

"I would like to go on from Auckland and win the Australian Open.

"I'm sure everything will be alright. I'm just going to hang loose and have a good time in Auckland."

Winning in Melbourne seems a bit far-fetched but no one would question his determination or ability.

In six attempts, from 1997, he has come up well short, progressing beyond the first round four times but no further than the second. That is in stark contrast to the French Open where he has won three times.

Despite a disrupted 2002, Kuerten still picked up his 17th ATP title - beating Guillermo Coria in the Brazilan Open final in Costa de Sauipe after the Argentine had held match point.

It was Kuerten's first ATP win in his homeland and followed hip surgery in February and a season continually disrupted by injury.

Not surprisingly, his ranking dropped from No 1 (in December 2000) to 36 - his lowest since 1996.

Lee
01-04-2003, 02:28 AM
I just went to Guga's official web site and found that the site also has English, Spanish and French version. I am not sure whether I missed it before or just the new feature but anyway it's great for all Guga fans.

Dissident
01-04-2003, 04:18 AM
Hi Lee! :wavey:

It´s not a new feature, but last time I checked the articles were not updated very frequently in english. They come out too late, and many of them dont at all.
Thats why I translate. Let me know if it´s working now :)

Lee
01-04-2003, 04:25 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Hi Lee! :wavey:

It´s not a new feature, but last time I checked the articles were not updated very frequently in english. They come out too late, and many of them dont at all.
Thats why I translate. Let me know if it´s working now :)

I didn't do any comparison since my Portugese is sort of non-existence. The latest article there is about his new tennis suit in 2003.

Dissident
01-04-2003, 04:31 AM
see, its old. I just got a new one. Im working on it. :D

Lee
01-04-2003, 04:40 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
see, its old. I just got a new one. Im working on it. :D

OK! Then I better stay on!

What do you think about my avatar? I think I need to pick a few more and have TH size them.

Dissident
01-04-2003, 04:44 AM
01.03.2003

GUGA ALREADY IN AUCKLAND

From Guga´s site. blah blah blah :p

Gustavo Kuerten is already in Auckland, New Zealand, for the first tournament of the year, next week.

The player and coach Larri Passos arrived this Friday, and as usual, they didn´t waste any time.

They rested a bit from the trip, and then had physicall exercising, and led to a practice session on the tournament court, where Guga plays for the first time. He liked what he saw.

"I had never went further than the airport in Auckland before. It seems like the play conditions here are similar to Florianopolis, at sea level," said Guga, who just came out of four weeks of hard work in the pre-season.

"I made a long-shot work, and I know I´m ready for the whole year, but these last sessions will be very important to get it all started. These days here will pay off more on a short-run", he explained.

Coach Larri Passos said that his pupil has to focus in the Auckland tounament, forget what was done before and to know that he´s well prepaired. "These three days here before the tournament starts will be extremely important, they are of practicing sessions aimed at the competition, with set plays. And as soon as we know the opponent, they will be even more specific."

Now ranked number 37 in the world, Guga plays the Auckland ATP for the first time, as a warmup to the Australian Open, which starts on the 13th. The tournament, hosted by the ASB Tennis Center, is played on hard courts, and gives the champion 35 points in the Champions Race and 175 in the Entry System.

Dissident
01-04-2003, 04:45 AM
Originally posted by Lee
OK! Then I better stay on!

What do you think about my avatar? I think I need to pick a few more and have TH size them.

Its funny! Guga wanted to be a magazine model or something on that? lol. :)

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 04:51 AM
:eek: LOL, what? Guga could have done it, but never would I have thought he wantedto be a model.

Lee
01-04-2003, 04:53 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Its funny! Guga wanted to be a magazine model or something on that? lol. :)

I bet he can do better than JMG!

Actually, the photographer is a French guy and he did all these b/w photo for French players and other great tennis players too. I posted a number of them in JCF forum before.

Lee
01-04-2003, 04:55 AM
I just pick this one from Guga's web site. He's so cute when he's a little boy!

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 05:00 AM
Ooh, that's Guga? He was a cute kid! :)

Dissident
01-13-2003, 01:27 AM
Im gonna post some articles I found now. They are all in portuguese, but Ill post them here anyway. I dont have time to translate all now, but Ill edit them to the translated version later. ;)

Dissident
01-13-2003, 01:28 AM
Brazilian conquers fifth title on hard court
12 Jan 2003, 12:14 am
www.tenisbrasil.com.br

Auckland (NEw Zealand) - Considered as a claycourter in the beggining of his career, Gustavo Kuerten is proving in the last years that he can also be a top player on hard courts. With his title in Auckland, the brazilians has now 5 trophies in 8 finals over the fast surface.

Guga reached a final on that surface for the first time in 1997, right after conquering the French Open. Against North-american Chris Woodruff, in the Toronto Masters, he lost in the third set.

Kuerten could only come back to the final match of a hard court competition during the 2000 season, in the Miami Masters. Despite the defeat to Pete Sampras, in four sets, Guga was showing signs that the first title on the surface was coming. And it came in Indianapolis, with wins over Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin.
In that same year, Guga won the most important title on the hard surface untill now, The Lisbon Masters Cup. After defeating Magnus Norman, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Pete Sampras, Guga beat Andre Agassi in the final, and ended the 2000 season as the world number one.

In 2001, Guga continued his good campaign on hard courts. In the Cincinnati Masters, he defeated Tim Henman and Patrick Rafter to win another trophy. A week later, he reached the last match in Indianapolis but, due to tireness, had to withdraw when Rafter led 4-2 in the first set.

Last year, after a tough start, Kuerten regained his form on hard courts. After reaching the round-of-16 in the US Open, defeating Marat Safin in the second round, he won the Brasil Open. On that ocasion, he beat argentinian Guillermo Coria, 2 sets to 1.

Dissident
01-13-2003, 01:29 AM
"Without mistakes", Guga starts the year on top
12 jan 2003, 11:35 am
www.tenisbrasil.com.br

Auckland (New Zealand) - Gustavo Kuerten´s win in Auckland did not only thrill the brazilian crowd, but Guga himself. Currently ranked 37th, Guga confessed, after beating slovakian Dominik Hrbaty in the finals by 6-3 7-5, that he had a match "with no mistakes".

"I played a match worth of being a final. To win, that´s the way it´s gotta be. The guy started up aggressive, but I had already played very well against Zabaleta, got the rhythm of the court and I leave the first tournament of the year with a trophy," said Guga, who classified the clash with Hrbaty as "very difficult".

In the last two matches among them, one during Davis Cup 2000, in Rio on clay, Kuerten had been defeated. "It was a very difficult match. I had never beaten Dominik, now I did, and I start the year on top," analysed Guga, who will be among the top 30 of the world next week.

Guga used the conquer to, as usual, praise his coach Larri Passos, that, according to him, "was with me also in the tough moments we had last year. Here´s a special thanks to my coach," he said.

Larri gave back some good words, praising Guga´s tactical consciousness during the final. "That was a huge win for Guga. He played very well, attacked in the right moments and didn´t play two times the same play. Our tactic was to attack Hrbaty while we could. Guga could have been defensive, but he really hit it hard, playing with a lot of confidence"

According to Guga´s press crew, the player is already in melbourne, Australia, for the first Grand Slam of the year, to be played during the next two weeks. Guga starts off against Hicham Arazi, of Morocco, who he defeated in four out of five times they played.

Dissident
01-13-2003, 01:29 AM
Guga thanks the brazilian crowd in Auckland.
11 Jan 2003, 11:25 pm
www.tenisbrasil.com.br

Auckland (New Zealand) - Having a brazilian flag around him, Gustavo Kuerten took his time to tribute to the brazilian people who watched the final this saturday. Facing the around 20 brazilian people in the stands, Guga thanked them, and said he was proud to represent them.

"I´m really proud to be brazilian, and it´s wonderful to get here, on the other side of the world, and see there are brazilian people cheering for you," he said, with a wide smile in his face. "I love to play like this, with people shouting. I´m really happy."

Still facing the crowd, Kuerten asked the organizers to excuse him to speak in portuguese: "Valeu, galera. Foi show. Agora vem o Aberto da Austrália, mais uma competição difícil. Obrigado por tudo. Valeu mesmo, galera". ["Thanks, guys. It was great. Now comes the Australian Open, another tough competition. Thanks for everything. Really great, guys."]

Currently ranked 37th in the Entry System, Guga thanked the event organizers and classified his match against slovakian Dominik Hrbaty as "complicated". "He is a great player, I had never beaten him, so it was really complicated to beat him. He always plays well here and congratulations to him for reaching the final," he said.

"I would also like to thank all the tournament directors, who had a lot of work this week due to the rain, and to everyone who came to watch the matches. It was very cool to play here, and I hope to come back other times".

Dissident
01-13-2003, 01:30 AM
Title takes Guga to sixth place in the Race
12 Jan 2003, 6:01 pm
www.tenisbrasil.com.br

New York (USA) - In additon to putting him back among the 30 best in the Entry System, the title in Auckland also took Gustavo Kuerten back to the top ten in the Champions Race.

With the win in New Zealand, Guga got his first 35 points and got the sixth spot, right after korean Hyung-Taik Lee. The top spot is still with austrian Stefan Koubek, winner in Doha and quarterfinalist in Auckland.

This is the best place for Guga in the Race since December 2001, when he had the 2nd place. In 2002, after undergoing a hip surgery, the brazilian finished the season in 36th. In 2000, catapulted by the conquer in the Masters Cup, Guga won the Race.

Check the top ten in Race:

1st Stefan Koubek (AUT) - 58
2nd Paradorn Srichaphan(THA) - 43
3rd Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) - 38
4th Jan-Michael Gambill (USA) - 38
5th Hyung-Taik Lee (KOR) - 37
6th Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) - 35
7th Kristof Vliegen (BEL) - 25
8th Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) - 25
9th Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) - 24
10th Dominik Hrbaty (SLV) - 24

Dissident
01-13-2003, 01:31 AM
ATP confirms Kuerten as 29th of the world
12 Jan 2003, 5:33 pm
www.tenisbrasil.com.br

New York (USA) - The title in Auckland gave Guga a climb of eight positions in the Entry System announced this Sunday. The news, anticipated by tenisbr@sil, was confirmed by ATP.

With the campaign in New Zealand, the brazilian scored 175 points and surpassed eight players this week: frenchmen Paul-Henri Mathieu, Nicolas Escude and Fabrice Santoro, american Jan-Michael Gambill, britain Greg Rusedski, russian Mikhail Youzhny, spanish Tommy Robredo and ecuatorian Nicolas Lapentti.

With 1095 points, Guga is not ranked 29th, right behind north-american James Blake. This is the brazilian´s best ranking since August 5 2002, wheh he had the 19th spot.

Kuerten started the 2002 season as a second place, but went down in the rankings with the USA Hard-court season. Without being able to play his best, Guga left the top 50 and could only bounce back in the US Open, where he reached the round-of-16. After that, he won the Brasil Open and was a runner-up in Lyon, which put him back into the top 40.

Dissident
01-13-2003, 01:32 AM
GUGA wins Auckland.

From Guga´s site

Brazilian gets the 18th trophy of his career

With a brilliant show in the Center Court of the ASB Tennis Center in Auckland, Gustavo Kuerten won, this Saturday night (Sunday in New Zealand), the 18th title of his career, as he defeated slovakian Dominik Hrbaty, 6-3 7-5.

Fourth seed in his first competiton this year, Guga didn´t give much chance to the slovakian, 51st in the ranking, to whom he had never beaten, and didn´t lose his serve once in all the match.

In the first set, players were on serve 3/3 when Guga got the first break. On 5-3, with a ball netted by Hrbaty, Guga closed the set.

Right after, three times Roland Garros champion Kuerten kept the same strong rhythm and already in the second game he had the first break point. He couldn´t convert it and players kept serve untill 6-5 when Guga got to the match point and with a ball out from the opponent, raised his arms to celebrate the conquer of his 18th title and the 5th on hard courts.

"It was a really tough match. I had never beaten Hrbaty, now I did and I´m starting the year on top (ten). I played a match worth of being a final. To win, that´s the way it´s gotta be. The guy started up aggressive, but I had already played very well against Zabaleta, got the rhythm of the court and I leave the first tournament of the year with a trophy," said Guga, who still on court thanked coach Larri Passos. "Here´s a special thanks to my coach, who was with me also in the tough moments we had last year."

Touched, Larri also celebrated a lot. "That was a huge win for Guga. He played very well, attacked in the right moments and didn´t play two times the same play. Our tactic was to attack Hrbaty while we could. Guga could have been defensive, but he really hit it hard, playing with a lot of confidence"

With the win, Guga grabs 175 points in the Entry System ranking, in which he was ranked number 37, and 35 to the Champions Race, in which he will be among the best players next week.

The tennis player now travels to Malbourne, Australia, where he plays the first Grand Slam of the year, Australian Open. He starts off against moroccan Hicham Arazi.

GUGA _

. Got the 18th title of his career, 5th on hard courts
. Played his 25th final, 8th on hard courts
. Won for the first time a tournament in Oceania
. Has three Grand Slam titles (Roland Garros)
. Has one Masters Cup title (Lisbon)
. Has five Masters Series titles (Monte Carlo twice, Roma, Hamburg, Cincinnati)
. Is ranked 37th in the Entry System
. Finished the 2000 season as world number one
. Was the first South-American to finish a season as number one in the world rankings
. Stood for 43 weeks as number one
. Topped the Champions Race as well, in 2001, for 14 weeks
. Has also 8 titles in doubles
. To win Auckland, defeated, respectively, Martin Verkerk, Michael Russell, Guillermo Coria, Mariano Zabaleta and Dominik Hrbaty.
. Is coached by Larri Passos since 1989


GUGA _ ALL THE FINALS

1997 _ Roland Garros /clay _ Guga d. Sergi Bruguera
1997 _ Bolonha / clay _ Felix Mantilla d. Guga
1997 _ Masters Series Montreal / hard _ Chris Woodruff d. Guga
1998 _ Stuttgart / clay _ Guga d. Karol Kucera
1998 _ Mallorca / clay _ Guga d. Carlos Moya
1999 _ Masters Series Monte Carlo / clay _ Guga d. Marcelo Rios
1999 _ Masters Series Roma / clay _ Guga d. Patrick Rafter
2000 _ Santiago / clay _ Guga d. Mariano Puerta
2000 _ Masters Series Miami / hard _ Pete Sampras d. Guga
2000 _ Masters Series Roma / clay _ Magnus Norman d. Guga
2000 _ Masters Series Hamburgo / clay _ Guga d. Marat Safin
2000 _ Roland Garros / clay _ Guga d. Magnus Norman
2000 _ Indianápolis / hard _ Guga d. Marat Safin
2000 _ Lisboa / indoor hard _ Guga d. Andre Agassi
2001 _ Buenos Aires / clay _ Guga d. José Acasuso
2001 _ Acapulco / clay _ Guga d. Galo Blanco
2001 _ Masters Series Monte Carlo / clay _ Guga d. Hicham Arazi
2001 _ Masters Series Roma / clay _ Juan Carlos Ferrero d. Guga
2001 _ Roland Garros / clay _ Guga d. Alex Corretja
2001 _ Stuttgart / clay _ Guga d. Guillermo Canas
2001 _ Cincinnati / hard _ Guga d. Patrick Rafter
2001 _ Indianápolis / hard _ Patrick Rafter d. Guga
2002 _ Brasil Open / hard _ Guga d. Guillermo Coria
2002 _ Lyon / indoor carpet _ Paul Henri Mathieu d. Guga
2003 _ Auckland / hard _ Guga d. Dominik Hrbaty

vaiva
01-14-2003, 11:44 AM
MHM, could not read some of the last articles, but here's a tiny one to make things easier for those who speak English :)

http://www.tennisreporters.net/commentary_GK_011303.html

Could this year be the one for Guga?
By Dave Worsley

After what can only be called a sad record for Gustavo Kuerten at the Australian Open, the charismatic Brazilian has a chance to create a little bit of history and perhaps stick a dagger into the hopes of Australia along the way.

Never before has Guga, 26, had such good preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year. But then Guga has never surpassed the second round of the Aussie Open either. In fact, his record stands in Melbourne stands at four wins, six losses.

Kuerten will face Moroccan Hicham Arazi in his first-round match.

"I raised my level so much from the first match of the tournament," said Guga of his Heineken Open title run in Auckland. "The confidence I got from the level of tennis I had this week is good for the Open, so much better than in the past I didn't expect to win when I arrived this week."

But since 1990 only two players who have won a pre-Australian Open tournament have gone on to win in Melbourne – Petr Korda after winning Doha in 1998 and Pete Sampras after winning Sydney in 1994. However Guga thinks this can change. "You never know. I think I have had some good matches and maybe I can do well ... at least better than in the past, which has not been so good," he said. ."

Perhaps Guga could become the first South American-based player to win in Melbourne since Guillermo Vilas in 1980, although, officially, it was the 1979 event. Guga is one of the few top players not suffering a major injury, as his surgically repaired hip appears to have healed fully. With no Sampras, Tommy Haas, Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski or defending champ Thomas Johansson in the Open draw, and last year's finalist Marat Safin looking shaky, the chances for Guga to reach the final look good if he can find a way past the super-motivated Aussie, Lleyton Hewitt, in the third round.

Dissident
01-14-2003, 03:22 PM
*bump*
just translated the first two articles up there... the rest is coming up next

Dissident
01-14-2003, 09:08 PM
Two more were translated. ;)

Billabong
01-15-2003, 02:47 AM
G. KUERTEN/H. Arazi
6-4, 7-6, 6-3

MODERATOR: Questions for Guga.

Q. Were you worried after playing so much last week that maybe playing here, you would be a little bit tired coming out there to play today?
GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Well, not really. I mean, for me it's always difficult to find my rhythm in the beginning of the year. I was very satisfied the way I played last week. You know, just got my game going very early in the year, it really never happen. So is the first time. I was thinking much more that side than the tiredness, no time to practice and all this.
As you face like Arazi, a tough guy in the first round, it's always tough. It's like a trick, you know, for sure, I didn't have the best practice to play well my first round, but also I come up with a great shots just when I need, just because of winning a couple match last week.
So I feel just -- it's a better way, you know, coming with this advantage, but on the other hand having much more confidence in your game. I think the confidence is more important for me than the tiredness that can happen during the tournament.

Q. The blue shirt is sort of the color of the sea. Is this because you're peaceful now and it's very calm?
GUSTAVO KUERTEN: It's like the sea, the heaven, too. It's peaceful, quiet. I think it's looking nice, too. I saw in the TV, it's looking very well. I feel myself comfortable. It's bring me luck, too, so far. It's still a good run. So far it's really been helping me.
I hope especially the Brazilian guys, they like, too, because the Argentinian guys say it's the Argentina colors. I think they're not really going to care too much about this.

Q. Do you think you have a better chance here or at the US Open for a hard court tournament? Any difference?
GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Well, at least I always get myself playing better at The Open, US Open. But the conditions here are not bad, especially this year. It's not pretty fast. I think I can adapt my game to play well here, too. I just need a couple of matches going through. Now I got to face like a good challenge for me. I never pass over the second round on this tournament. Will be for sure important match to try to win and get myself with better chance. I think as far as I win two matches, I always step up and play better.



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This sounds great!!! Go Guga, you will beat Stepanek!!! concentrate and you'll win!!!!!! GOOOO GUGA!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :cool: :cool:

I hope so much Guga can win and finally reach higher than 2nd round... and we all know he's able to!!! and he can beat hewitt too!! I'm confident!! GO GUGA!!!

Lee
01-15-2003, 04:41 PM
Originally posted by Dissident
"Without mistakes", Guga starts the year on top
12 jan 2003, 11:35 am
www.tenisbrasil.com.br

Guga starts off against Hicham Arazi, of Morocco, who he defeated in four out of five times they played.

:confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:

Dissident
01-15-2003, 07:12 PM
What is it that you dont understand, Lee?

If it is the head-to-head, I guess they counted something the ATP didnt, coz they are saying he won 4 in 5 since a couple days... :confused:

And if it is the "on top", it´s supposed to mean in the top with other players. Not number one. I tried to keep the article the same as it was in portuguese, and thats how they wrote it.

Lee
01-15-2003, 07:26 PM
The 4 out of 5 part. Probably as you said, they count something that the tour are not counting.

Dissident
01-15-2003, 07:30 PM
http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/headtohead/head2head.asp?player1=kuerten&player2=arazi

Kuerten, Gustavo 4-1 Arazi, Hicham

2001 Monte Carlo TMS, Clay, F
Monaco Clay F Kuerten 6 3 6 2 6 4
2001 Miami Ericsson Open, Hard, R64
FL, U.S.A. Hard R64 Kuerten 6 1 6 7 6 4
1998 Hamburg, Clay, R16
Germany Clay R16 Kuerten 6 1 4 6 6 2
1997 Stuttgart Indoor, Carpet, R32
Germany Carpet R32 Kuerten 6 3 6 7 6 3
1996 Furth, CH, Clay, S
Germany Clay S Arazi 2 6 3 6

There ya go ;) A chalenger in 1996 is the key.

Dissident
01-15-2003, 07:31 PM
Btw, all the articles are translated. Sorry it took so long. ;)

Billabong
01-15-2003, 11:48 PM
Guga, please win!! it would make my day so much happier, after learning Martina, my favorite WTA player, may never come back..
GO GUGA!!!

Lee
01-15-2003, 11:53 PM
Hi! Can anyone take the net cam pix for Guga today? I try but may not be able to stay all the time during his match. He's schedule to start at 11am which is 5pm in my area and it's cooking and dinner time for me.

Dissident
01-16-2003, 12:17 AM
I´ll do it Lee.
Or at least I´ll try. :p

Lee
01-16-2003, 12:18 AM
Thanks Diss! I am taking the warm up pix now!

Lee
01-16-2003, 12:20 AM
They have 3 net cams in Vodafone. There is only one in MCA last time Guga played.

vaiva
02-18-2003, 11:23 PM
the link (http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=7924&bannerregion=)

Winning At Love: Kuerten Puts His Heart Into His Life

By Brad Falkner
02/19/2003

At his best, three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten is so superbly skilled, he makes beating the best opponents on Roland Garros’ famed Court Central look as comfortable as cooking for his family in a backyard barbecue. Despite his success on the Grand Slam stage, Kuerten continues to live in the same Florianopolis home where he grew up. The man who has gained international acclaim always remembers his roots.


Clearly, Kuerten is not your typical international sports star. The charismatic Kuerten is a confident champion and sensitive soul; a man who values family and friendship much more than the collection of championship trophies he has won.

The man affectionately referred to, as "Guga" is an Icon in Brazil and many other countries around the world. However he remains a down-to-earth guy, who prefers spending his spare time hanging out with his family or going surfing with his friends (to whom he remains fiercely loyal) than relishing the rewards of stardom.

Kuerten's loyalty to those around him is particularly refreshing, especially in an age where top players change coaches and management rather routinely. To put it simply: Guga is humble when it comes to his personal accomplishments and most proud of his Brazilian heritage. Or as his favorite soccer chant goes "Sou Brasileiro con muito orgulito, con muito amor" (which roughly translates to: "I am proud to be Brazilian, with much love").

It is difficult for most American tennis fans to fathom the kind of fan fare and attention that Guga receives in Brazil. Guga’s popularity in Brazil is ten fold that of Aggassi or Sampras here in the States. His popularity is equal to that of the soccer-crazed country's affection for World Cup superstar Ronaldo. The ESPN affiliate in Brazil even has a show dedicated solely to Guga’s every move, aptly called "Guga’s Footsteps."

The show follows Guga around the globe at every tournament and covers the current events and happenings in each of the cities on the tour where Guga is playing that week. Each segment of the show includes interviews from Guga’s legions of fans worldwide.

To understand Kuerten's character, it's important to realize that his lifestyle has not changed all that much since he become the first Brazilian man to win a Grand Slam singles when he captured the Roland Garros crown in 1997. He has kept the same coach, publicist and photographer since he launched his career.

Diana Gabanyi, Kuerten’s hard-working publicist, who has been with Guga since his days as a relatively unknown junior player and looks out for him as if he were her younger brother.

"Guga's character has not changed since I first met him," Gabanyi said. "He is still the same caring person as before. That is one of the reasons that he so beloved here in Brazil."

Guga still lives in the same house that he grew up in Florianopolis and is most at home among his family.

"He loves the family atmosphere," said Lia Benthien, who covered Kuerten extensively for the ESPN program "Guga's Footsteps". "He tries to keep his life exactly as it was before he won the French Open in 1997. Guga is a humble guy who comes from a simple family. He does not want any of that to change."

No story about Gustavo Kuerten is complete without understanding the impact of members of his extended family — including coach and surrogate father Larri Passos.

Widely regarded as one of tennis' top coaches, Passos was selected as "Trainer of the Year" by the Italian press in 1997. Passos' commitment to Kuerten is rooted in the promise he made to Kuerten's father, Aldo Kuerten, who died in 1985 while serving as chair umpire in a junior match.

"If anything happens to me, take care of Gustavo," Aldo Kuerten told Passos before he passed away. "Make him a champion in tennis and life."

Aldo Kuerten picked the right man to serve as his son's mentor. Passos has spent Guga's career honoring the promise he made to his father as coach and player have developed a father and son bond.

During the trophy presentation after Kuerten saved a match point to defeat Guillermo Coria in three grueling sets in the final of the 2002 Brazil Open, Kuerten shared his feelings for Passos with the sold-out stadium crown.

"He (Passos) has been more than a father to me," Kuerten said. "Thank you Larri for everything that you have done for me."

The stoic front Passos tries to maintain during matches cracked at that comment as Passos shed tears during Kuerten's speech.

"In my opinion Guga is a champion because of Larri," Benthien said. "Not only for his technical instruction, but more for the emotional support and character development that Larri’s guidance has offered Guga."

Passos himself is quite a character, a charming and funny man who shares Guga's optimistic outlook. While waiting for massages in the locker room in Bahia, Brazil, I pointed out I had been assigned an unlucky locker number 13 and that he was fortunate to be assigned a lucky locker number seven. Passos quickly corrected me.

"No, number 13 is lucky," Passos said with a wink and a smile. "That is the number of our favorite practice court at Roland Garros."

Passos' priorities aren't confined to professional tennis. When Kuerten won the 1998 Stuttgart championship, he gave Passos the Mercedes-Benz CLK 230 that is awarded annually to the tournament champion. Instead of keeping the car for himself, Passos sold the car to buy vans for his academy Balneario Camboriu, which is Passos' charity organization in Florianopolis that assists children from poor families with their education and tennis. The vans are used to transport the children from school to the academy, where the children are fed meals, assisted with homework, and then taught tennis.

The training comes at one price: the children must maintain good grades to stay in the program.

Of the many roles Kuerten plays, philanthropist seems to be the best fit. Perhaps this comes in part from having a mother, Alice Kuerten, who was a social worker and a younger brother, Guilherme Kuerten, who was born with severe Cerebral Palsy. Guga has continued his career-habit of giving his tournament trophies to his younger brother, who proudly displays them, and in turn Guilherme continues to inspire Guga on the court.

"Guilherme is the point of union for the family," Benthien said. "When Guilherme is sick Guga plays poorly."

Guilherme was the catalyst for Kuerten creating the Gustavo Kuerten Institute (GKI), which the Kuerten family founded August 17th 2000. Kuerten’s mother is the president of the institute. Alice is a proud parent whose influence has a had a profound impact on her son's actions.

"A person who has the opportunity to attend a good school and lead a worthier life, has the duty of looking to his fellow man, help him and do good," Alice Kuerten said. "I always taught that to my children, and I believe that’s a need of the human being. I'm happy that they have assimilated the idea very well and that they practice their solidarity acts in a natural way. Guga has the gift of being a great athlete and plays well and wherever he goes he shows the great human being that he is. That is a great honor for me."

The goal of GKI is to raise money for other charities that help people with disabilities. GKI also helps grow the game of tennis in Brazil. Before GKI was founded, Kuerten donated $200 for every singles and doubles match that he played to the Association of Parents and Friends of the Handicapped, the program Guilherme attends daily.

While Kuerten is involved in serious endeavors off the court, he still finds time to indulge the playful, fun-loving side of his personality. An admitted practical joker, Guga was at his best during Brazil's 2002 Davis Cup World Group Qualifying tie against Canada.

Kuerten and teammates Andre Sa and Fernando Meligeni invited the Brazilian junior Davis Cup team to watch them practice. At night, Kuerten and Meligeni continued the team practice of sneaking into one of the junior players' hotel rooms and trashing the room in what’s known as the "Vendaval", which is the Portuguese term for "a twister."

Later that evening, after the dust had settled, it was music time as the Brazilian Davis Cup team, including team captain, performed live at the hotel for family and friends.

At the end of his career, Gustavo Kuerten may be remembered most for his heart-felt triumphs at Roland Garros; or for being the first player to beat Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi back-to-back in the semifinal and final of a tournament; or for becoming the first South American to earn the ATP Tour's year-end No. 1 ranking.

But to those who know him best, Kuerten will perhaps be remembered as a person who understood what is really important in life: helping to make the lives of others a little bit better.

"What surprises me the most about Guga is that he does not get attached to material things," Rogerio De Souza said. "For him, the real value of things are within a friendship that he worships from the time he wasn’t known, the relationship with his family and by helping deprived people. Guga is very humane."

Gustavo Kuerten Interview

Tennis Week: "Given your hip surgery last February, how do you feel right now?

Gustavo Kuerten: "I am feeling very good right now. My confidence is growing every match I play and physically I am improving everyday too."

Tennis Week: "Do you feel any added pressure playing in front of Brazilian or South American crowds?

Gustavo Kuerten: "No. I feel very happy to know that people like me and it gives me extra motivation to play when I am in Brazil. It is like a pay back to the fans"

Tennis Week: "What is the most rewarding part of your tennis career and what do you attribute your success to?"

Gustavo Kuerten: "I love playing tennis and I love what I am doing. I guess you have to put your heart in everything you do."

Tennis Week: "Do you listen to any particular music to get pumped up prior to playing?"

Gustavo Kuerten: "I listen to music all the time, but not specifically before a match. I love Bob Marley, he is my favorite. Music makes you relax, makes you remind yourself of home for example when you are listening to Brazilian music."

Tennis Week: "What are your favorite things to do in your spare time?"

Gustavo Kuerten: "Surfing, playing the bass, having barbecues with my friends."

Tennis Week: "What is your goal for the season?"

Gustavo Kuerten: "To be able to compete with good rhythm and confidence and complete the season."

Tennis Week: "Is it true you began playing tennis with a two-handed backhand?"

Gustavo Kuerten: "Yes, I started with a two-handed backhand, but when I was 13 and started to work with Larri he changed it (to a one-handed backhand)."

Tennis Week: "If you weren't a professional tennis player, what career would you choose?"

Gustavo Kuerten: "I don't know. I could be a teacher. I like working with kids."

Tennis Week: "What is your philosophy?"

Gustavo Kuerten: "Don't worry, be happy."

vaiva
02-18-2003, 11:28 PM
I knew that Guga is a very friendly and adorable person and that he is very popular in Brasil but never realised he is THAT nice and THAT popular.

Enjoy the reading :)

TennisHack
02-19-2003, 03:36 AM
Originally posted by vaiva
Tennis Week: "If you weren't a professional tennis player, what career would you choose?"

Gustavo Kuerten: "I don't know. I could be a teacher. I like working with kids."

Tennis Week: "What is your philosophy?"

Gustavo Kuerten: "Don't worry, be happy."


Aww, Guga! Totally lifted and brightened my day :) We are all the richer for having such a beautiful soul on this planet :)

Mrs. B
02-19-2003, 08:56 AM
:)

Dissident
02-19-2003, 12:56 PM
LOL @ the brazilian say there: "Sou Brasileiro con muito orgulito, con muito amor". :D
The translation is correct, but it was supposed to be written "Sou brasileiro COM muito ORGULHO, COM muito amor" ;)

And that ESPN Brasil program really exists. Its very good, called "Nas pegadas do campeão", which would be translated as "The champion's footsteps".

The article is really nice! Thanks vaiva!

Mrs. B
02-19-2003, 05:38 PM
:wavey: Hi, Dissident!

It's easier to say hello to you here than at JCF's thread. :D

Todo (sp.) ben?

Dissident
02-20-2003, 03:24 AM
Hey Mrs B!
You were back when my computer was gone I guess!
How was your trip? I bet you had tons of fun. Welcome back. We all missed you a lot..

Mrs. B
02-20-2003, 08:55 AM
Yeah, read about your computer blues. Hope things are better now, atpw is not the same without you. It's sometimes slow to get into Juanqui's thread these days so i wander around and i've been peeking over here and been reading some of your stuff, (and arguments) great, as usual. Can't catch up with all your posts at JCF's though, it's too long, and i had problems with my connections back in the islands. Needless to say, i had a fab time, but it's too cold here now in Switzerland, i should have stayed there longer, at least i'm not stuck indoors! :( ah well, as Eddie Vedder would sing, "no matter how cold the winter...there's a springtime ahead. " And we have a little fun tournament tomorrow night, doubles, so at least i could play again. I feel so rusty!
But it's great to have access here again whenever i want to. I missed u guys a lot, too! :)

Dissident
02-21-2003, 01:33 AM
Good luck with your tournament!
If you still want Pearl Jam stuff, send me a pm and Ill give you some links for mp3s over the net. ;)

Lee
02-25-2003, 05:52 AM
Carlos Moya on being friends with Guga Kuerten

"Even 10 years after we retire from tennis I will be friends the Guga and that is not something I can say about every tennis player."



I have to say this is quite a compliment for Guga from Moya.

Lee
02-25-2003, 05:59 AM
I just notice that Moya and Guga are much alike. Moya is just 15 days older than Guga, both turn pro in 1995, are 6'3" and right handed. And of course, both are excellent clay court players.

Lee
02-28-2003, 11:52 PM
Brazil struggles to find another Guga
2003-02-27 01:05:19 GMT (Reuters)

By Tatiana Ramil SAO PAULO, Feb 27 (Reuters) - It is not going to be easy for
Brazil to produce another Gustavo Kuerten. Although Latin America's largest nation has 170 million
people and thousands of children dream of emulating "Guga" as
soon as they pick up a tennis racquet for the first time,
experts believe that Kuerten's success is strictly a one-off. "Guga has made his mark in history. It isn't easy to imitate
but it's not impossible either," said Brazil's Davis Cup captain
Ricardo Acioly. The 26-year-old Kuerten is Brazil's most successful player
in terms of titles and the first to top the ATP rankings. He has 18 singles titles, including three at the French
Open, and is now trying to fight his way back to the top of the
rankings after an injury-hit season in 2002. Until the surfing fanatic from Florianopolis came along,
Brazil's only success had been in the women's game, where Maria
Esther Bueno's collection included three Wimbledon singles
titles. The 22-year-old Flavio Saretta, Kuerten's Davis Cup team
mate, admitted that he did not even dare to dream of emulating
Kuerten. "Guga is a genius, he's never left the country to train,
he's kept the same coach for his whole career. it would be
madness to think about getting where he has got to," said
Saretta. Another admirer is Leonardo Kirche from Sao Paulo, who has
recently won under-18 tournaments in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru,
and, according to Acioly, is one of the new hopefuls alongside
Franco Ferreiro, Bruno Rosa, Alexandre Bonato and Diego Cubas. "Guga is an example for all of us, on and off the court,"
said Kirche, 18. "In my opinion, he is among the three best in
the world alongside (Andre) Agassi and (Lleyton) Hewitt because
he has all the shots." DOUBLE ACT Acioly said that a combination of attributes had helped
Kuerten to achieve success. "He has the aptitude, he's talented, he's determined, he
likes challenges and he likes a fight in his life," he said. Kuerten's coach Larri Passos, who has been involved with
Kuerten since 1989, agreed that their double act would be
difficult to follow. "We want everything that we are doing to be a mirror, as an
example of how to train," he said. "We hope that the young
players don't just think that talent alone will make them
champions. "The most difficult thing is to go beyond the limits. But
that's what you have to do. Guga is used to doing it since he
was young. You have to pass your limit to stand out in
competition." Another problem, according to Acioly, is the perennial one
-- a lack of infrastructure in the country. Although Kuerten has sparked a wave of enthusiasm for the
sport in Brazil, tennis courts are few and far between and
trying to get a game -- even in a private club -- is an enormous
exercise in patience. "The preparation of our infant and youth players is not
adequate," said Acioly. "We lack infrastructure, we lack
investment." Brazilian Tennis Confederation (CBT) president Nelson Nastas
said Brazil should follow the example of neighbours Argentina
and invest in public courts. "We don't have enough public courts in Brazil. Argentina
produces more players because they have public courts. The
government and the sponsors need to invest more."

Catsou
01-10-2004, 05:25 PM
Hi Guys :wavey: My first time here I just found a article on Guga thought you'll like it . Enjoy!

(from The New Zealand Herald)

Tennis: The pride of Brazil

09.01.2004
By TERRY MADDAFORD
Turning up in Auckland as defending champion has been the kiss of death for many of the world's best players.

Gustavo Kuerten has the odds stacked against him when he takes to the court next week to defend the Heineken Open title he won last January.

The last player to successfully defend was New Zealand's Onny Parun in the 1975-76 season.

In the past 12 years eight players have returned to the ASB Tennis Centre. None have gone all the way.

Defending champions Thomas Enqvist (1995) and Dominik Hrbaty (2001) returned only to go out in the first round the following year to players who had come through qualifying.

Blurb1: Heineken Open champion Gustavo Kuerten will next week attempt what no player has achieved in more than 25 years. Terry Maddaford reports.

QuoteBox1: The money is not important for me. Like other players in the top 50, I have a good amount of money.

Caption2: PICTURE / DEAN PURCELL

Caption1:

GUSTAVO Kuerten arrived in Auckland a year ago with no great expectations.

A little over a week later he flew out to Australia as the Heineken Open champion.

Yesterday he arrived back in the same relaxed mood - but with the added warning for the 31 other players who will play main draw from Monday.

"I have good expectations," said the laid back 27-year-old Brazilian who must beat history as much as his opponents to win this time. No player in more than quarter of century has successfully defended here.

Although his sights are set initially on the Open, he has a much bigger goal for later in the year.

"I want, very much, an Olympic medal," said "Guga" who was beaten in the quarter-finals in Sydney four years ago.

"I missed a medal by one round. I would love to go to Athens and win a medal."

To have that chance he must retain his ranking, which means good results in the first months of the New Year.

Next week's tournament at the ASB Bank Tennis Centre is but the first step.

"It was a good way to start my year last time. Maybe I can do it again. I went from Auckland to Australia where I made the second round, which is as good as I have ever done there.

"My tournament in Auckland was the start of three good months for me. I feel the same way now. I have been practising a lot.

"The start of the year is always difficult. You never know who is going to play or how well.

"It is important to play one or two tournaments before the Grand Slam," said Kuerten.

He again opted out of the year-opening ATP tournaments in Doha, Chennai and Adelaide to come to Auckland early.

"The cut-off for the tournament in Auckland is now so tough because players want matches before the Australian Open."

And the chance for some early prizemoney?

"The money is not important for me. Like other players in the top 50, I have a good amount of money.

"For me, the game is more important," said Kuerten who, in earning more than US$14 million, is ninth on the all-time money list.

"It is more about having the ability and being able to play than how much money you have."

Since 2000 he has devoted much of his off-court time - and money - to the Institute Guga Kuerten, a foundation that works closely with the under-privileged in Brazil.

Overseen by his mother - "mum, she is the boss" - the foundation assisted 1600 children last year.

"We had many programmes," said Kuerten with obvious pride. "Our programmes helped children in sport, music, their schoolwork and art.

"We work mostly with poor children and those with handicaps," said Kuerten, whose younger brother, Guilherme, is intellectually disabled.

"For the first time we had a prizegiving last year. It was a great party. We had a lot of fun."

His dedication is mirrored in the long relationship he has had with his coach Larri Passos, who has been with Kuerten since 1989.

Now, it is back to what he also enjoys - playing a sport he has been so much part of since he turned pro more than eight years ago.

The former world No 1 steps on court to defend his Heineken Open title at No 15 and as the third seed behind the man he spent more than an hour practising with yesterday - Argentine Guillermo Coria.

One speaks Spanish, the other Portuguese, but on opposite sides of the net yesterday the language was universal.

Second helpings

The records of the Open champions in the following year.

1991: Karel Novacek lost first round to Jacco Eltingh

1992: Jamie Yzaga lost semis to Alexandra Volkov

1993: Volkov lost second round to Jackob Hlasek

1994: Magnus Gustafsson did not play

1995: Thomas Enqvist lost first round to Yzaga

1996: Jiri Novak lost semis to Kenneth Carlsen

1997: Jonas Bjorkman did not play

1998: Marcello Rios lost first round to Andrei Pavel

1999: Sjeng Schalken lost quarters to Gaston Gaudio

2000: Magnus Norman did not play

2001: Dominik Hrbaty lost first round to Gilles Elsener

2002: Greg Rusedski did not play

2003: Gustavo Kuerten ???


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sports/tennis/tennisstorydisplay.cfm?storyID=3542684&thesection=sport&thesubsection=tennis&thesecondsubsection=

luckystar
01-10-2004, 09:18 PM
thanx for the articles! they're nice!