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Guga Returns to Tournament Play at Copa Petrobras

Wojtek
11-12-2006, 10:25 AM
Former ATP World No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten will end a ninth-month hiatus next week when he plays the Asuncion Challenger as part of the South American Challenger Circuit, the "Copa Petrobras." The three-time Roland Garros champion has received a wild card into the singles and doubles draws.



Kuerten has played just one singles match this season: a first-round loss to fellow Brazilian Andre Ghem in Costa do Sauipe in late February. Since then Kuerten's only appearance has been a Davis Cup doubles match against Sweden in late September. (He and Andre Sa lost in four sets to Simon Aspelin and Jonas Bjorkman.)

In 2005 Kuerten finished outside the Top 100 for the first time in 10 years as injuries (including hip and foot complaints) and poor form restricted him to just 16 matches from 10 tournaments. In 2006 he has continued his rehabilitation from his September 2004 hip surgery.

"On Saturday by the end of practice I was sure about my good condition and felt prepared to compete again," Kuerten said. "I'm very motivated and my adrenaline is running high. I've been playing sets in the last three weeks and playing this event will help me a lot. Like I said before, I was going to announce when I feel good and this is what just happened".

The Copa Petrobras circuit has passed through Bogota, Montevideo, Aracaju, Buenos Aires, each with $75,000 in prize money plus hospitality. The Copa Petrobras will finish in Rio de Janeiro with a Masters event featuring winners of each stage plus two wild cards.

Wojtek
11-12-2006, 10:25 AM
Go Gustavo

Horatio Caine
11-12-2006, 10:27 AM
I hope he can begin to compete again without pain :yeah:

Nathaliia
11-12-2006, 10:31 AM
Good luck to Guga... and this is the thread in Challengers Section when we are following all the news about the whole tournament:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=88973

buzz
11-12-2006, 11:56 AM
I really hope this is a new beginning for Guga. No set backs anymore please!!

Klaas_nalbandian
11-12-2006, 11:58 AM
Vamos GuGa hopefully he can play without much pain

Katastrophe
11-12-2006, 04:21 PM
Great news Guga! :woohoo:

Fergie
11-12-2006, 04:22 PM
Good luck Guga! :yeah:

jazar
11-12-2006, 06:06 PM
its about time guga came back. good luck to him. hopefully he will back at the top of the game where he belongs

Homo_Esperanto
11-12-2006, 06:55 PM
I wish Guga all the best myself.

Really enjoyed watching him, especially his epic games at Roland Garros with his thrilling style and fightin spirit.

Not only because i am nearly born myself at the same time, in the same year:cool: I wish him all the best in his comeback ambitions.

Though i doubt it in a way, i wish him a comeback in "Canas Style"

Vamos GUGA

We need a personality like you

guga2120
11-12-2006, 07:11 PM
:dance: , i hope he comes back close to good health, i would love to see him on clay next year in top form.

MarieS
11-12-2006, 07:16 PM
Guga :rocker2:

Kip
11-12-2006, 07:51 PM
Guga! :worship:

KFB
11-12-2006, 07:53 PM
Good luck!!!!!!!

shotgun
11-12-2006, 07:55 PM
Only hope that the hip doesn't start bothering him again, that's all I ask.

lau
11-12-2006, 08:00 PM
I wish him the best luck..., and the best health.
After three (right?) hip surgeries, at his age, unfortunately it`s not only a matter of whether he can play tennis or not at a professional level, it`s a matter of health too.

Eden
11-12-2006, 08:02 PM
I hope he can begin to compete again without pain :yeah:

I totally agree :)

Good luck Guga :yeah: Good to have you back :)

shotgun
11-12-2006, 08:05 PM
I wish him the best luck..., and the best health.
After three (right?) hip surgeries unfortunately it`s not only a matter of whether he can play tennis or not at a professional level, it`s a matter of health.

Two surgeries officially.

Although he has been to the U.S. this year to get some treatment, there have been (denied) rumours of a third surgery, but no one outside his circle knows the exact truth, which has been a frequent thing in this whole process of recovery.

lau
11-12-2006, 08:08 PM
Two surgeries officially.

Although he has been to the U.S. this year to get some treatment, there have been (denied) rumours of a third surgery, but no one outside his circle knows the exact truth, which has been a frequent thing in this whole process of recovery.
I heard Frana saying there were 3 surgeries. Maybe he has got some information about it..., or maybe he made a mistake :lol:
Anyway, thanks for the information. I really miss Guga, and I hope I can watch him play (and win) again soon. :)

doris_hdz
11-12-2006, 08:15 PM
good luck Guga:kiss:

shotgun
11-12-2006, 08:20 PM
I heard Frana saying there were 3 surgeries. Maybe he has got some information about it..., or maybe he made a mistake :lol:

Apparently Frana has some inside info then. :lol:

Action Jackson
11-12-2006, 08:21 PM
Just hope the big man can play without pain that is all I want.