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Lee
02-23-2007, 12:40 AM
http://www.thedesertsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070222/EVENTS10/702220368/-1/NLETTER10

Kuerten added to Pac-Life tourney

Leighton Ginn
The Desert Sun
February 22, 2007

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INDIAN WELLS - The Pacific Life Open announced its wild cards into the main draw Wednesday, with something old and something new catching the eye on the men's draw.

Three-time French Open champion and 2003 finalist Gustavo Kuerten was added to the 96-player main draw, as well as Southern California product Sam Querrey, the winner of the 2005 Easter Bowl in Palm Springs.

The Pacific Life Open is March 5-18 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Having suffered from a series of hip surgeries since his 2003 finals appearance at Indian Wells, Kuerten has dropped to his current ranking of 736.

However, the 30-year-old Brazilian is the last player to beat three-time defending champion Roger Federer in Indian Wells. Since the 2003 match, Federer has won 15 consecutive matches here.

Although his ranking is low, the charismatic Kuerten has long been a fan favorite.

"He was one of the more charismatic players out there," tournament director Steve Simon said. "He had truly an international following and transcended the international market place. He was popular no matter where he played. He's a great player and good to see him healthy, and it's good to have him back in the game."

The 19-year-old Querrey, from Thousand Oaks, earned his first ATP Tour victory at the Pacific Life Open last year, then pushed fellow American James Blake to three sets before falling 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the second round. Blake would reach the finals.

The other wild cards went to promising Americans Michael Russell and Alex Kuznetsov.


Wild cards for the men's qualifying draw were awarded to Ryan Sweeting and Jonathan Schneider. Three wild cards are left with one going to the winner of the pre-qualifying tournament scheduled for March 5-6.

American Bethanie Mattek leads a talented group of future stars receiving wild cards into the women's field, including Caroline Wozniacki, Asha Rolle, Lauren Albanese and Anna Tatishvili.

Wild cards for the women's qualifying draw were awarded to Lindsey Nelson, Cassandra Herzberg, Anne Yelsey, Kim Couts and Anastasia Pivavarova. The last wild card will be given to the winner of the pre-qualifying tournament held March 3-4.

tall_one
02-23-2007, 02:30 AM
it is nice that the big tourneys are willing to give Guga WCs :)

Billabong
02-23-2007, 03:24 AM
sooo happy:hug:

Eden
02-27-2007, 06:06 PM
Kuerten continues winning comeback

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (Reuters) -- Former world number one Gustavo Kuerten earned his first hard court victory for 18 months when he booked a place in the round-robin section of the Las Vegas Open on Monday.
The 30-year-old Brazilian, who played just one match last year following hip surgery, made light of gusting winds to beat South African Wesley Moodie 6-4 7-5 and seal his second win in three tour matches this year.
Kuerten, three-time French Open champion, dropped out of the world's top 1,000 before bouncing back to 804th after winning a match at the Brazil Open this month.
He will join German Benjamin Becker and Czech Jan Hernych in one of the eight round-robin groups, with the group winners then progressing to the quarterfinals.
"It's a really good feeling," Kuerten told reporters. "To be around again, back in tournaments. "It's more than one and a half years since I played four matches in one week. That's what I am looking forward to."
Kuerten, who has also been given a wildcard for the Masters Series event in Indian Wells next week, is more concerned with getting matches under his belt than getting wins at this stage.
"My level will rise a lot playing in tournaments," he said. "I am looking forward to see what happens, work on my game, not care too much about getting results but play from here to Miami with no major problems, and get more confidence."

http://edition.cnn.com/2007/SPORT/02/27/tennis.kuerten.reut/

Eden
02-27-2007, 06:07 PM
KUERTEN CONTINUES TO PROGRESS
Tuesday 27th February 2007

Former world number one Gustavo Kuerten clinched his first triumph on a hard court for 18 months as he secured his passage to the round robin section of the Las Vegas Open.
The Brazilian won his first competitive match since September 2005 at the Brazil Open last week when he defeated Filippo Volandri and continued his progress in Vegas as he overcame the challenge of South African Wesley Moodie to make it two victories in three tour matches this year.
Kuerten will now join German Benjamin Becker and Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic in the group stages with the eight winners progressing to the quarter finals.
"It's a really good feeling," he stated. "To be around again, back in tournaments.
"It's more than one and a half years since I played four matches in one week. That's what I am looking forward to.
"My level will rise a lot playing in tournaments. I am looking forward to see what happens, work on my game, not care too much about getting results but play from here to Miami with no major problems, and get more confidence."
Elsewhere, there were wins for Thomas Johansson and Feliciano Lopez who also take their place in the round-robin stage, but Briton Alex Bogdanovic fell short after slipping to defeat against American teenager Sam Querrey.
Querrey, who reached the quarter finals in Memphis last week, had too much power for Bogdanovic and always looked in control as he won out 6-3 6-2.
In the three group stage matches played, Spaniard Fernando Verdasco beat Paul-Henri Mathieu of France (3-6 6-3 7-5), American Paul Goldstein crushed another Frenchman Julien Benneteau (6-1 6-0), while Argentine Juan Martin del Potro overcame Russian Evgeny Korolev 6-3 6-2.

Source: http://www.skysports.com/skysports/article/0,,14-1253395,00.html

Eden
02-27-2007, 06:09 PM
:) :worship:

KUERTEN TAKES HEART FROM COMEBACK

After two years battling a hip injury so severe it saw the former world number one topple out of the ATP Tour's top 1,000, Gustavo Kuerten is wise to set himself only short-term goals for his latest comeback bid.

Kuerten's first round win over Filippo Volandri on home ground in the Brazil Open earlier this month was the 30-year-old favourite's first top-level tournament win in 18 months.
And now the three-times French Open winner is preparing to return to prominence having been rewarded for his determination with wild cards into next month's high-profile events in Indian Wells and Key Biscayne.
"It is a great feeling to be back in tournaments and it is more than one and a half years since I played four matches in a week, so it is those kinds of things I am looking forward to," said Kuerten.
"My level will rise a lot as I continue playing in tournaments. I am just going to see what happens and try not to care too much about getting results, just getting more confidence without major problems."

Yet despite his famously laid-back demeanour, Kuerten would be forgiven for having June on his mind, and a potential unlikely return to the beloved scene of his greatest triumphs.
Kuerten's last, injury-plagued visit to Roland Garros saw an ignominious four-set defeat to David Sanchez in 2005 which did scant justice to the reputation of the man they called the King of Clay.

Kuerten was just 20 years old and without a tour title to his name when he arrived at the famous tournament in 1997 with an infectious smile and a garish taste in yellow and blue bandanas.
Tournament organisers were willing to overlook Kuerten's novel dress code because they did not figure on the young Brazilian hanging around long enough for anybody to notice.
But after victories over three former champions - Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Thomas Muster and Sergi Bruguera - Kuerten, at 66th, had become the second lowest ranked Grand Slam winner, and a love affair was born.
Kuerten would claim further titles in 2000 and 2001, insisting Roland Garros remained the sum total of his Grand Slam dreams, and proving it by skipping Wimbledon to go surfing instead.

After his first win in France, he failed to open his champagne bottle and shrugged when he received his massive winner's cheque.
"There is nothing I want or need right now," he said.
"My life is perfect, as it was perfect before the tournament."

After his 2001 triumph, he used his racket head to etch a heart shape into Philippe Chatrier court, before collapsing onto his beloved clay surface as the Parisian cheers rang in his ears.
"I did it spontaneously, but now I will think about drawing a little heart after each match in Paris," Kuerten said shortly afterwards.
"I have a love affair going here. I always surpass myself at the French Open."
There have been few hearts in recent years, not since his last sustained assault on the title in 2004 when, already feeling the effects of his injury, he blew away Roger Federer in straight sets on his way to the quarter-finals.
But the sport, and Paris in particular, would benefit greatly by the re-emergence of one of its most flamboyant and personable figures. All Gustavo Kuerten asks is the opportunity to etch one more heart.

Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/07/02/27/TENNIS_Column.html

brazuca5copas
02-28-2007, 03:48 PM
Thank you so much, really nice !

Eden
03-02-2007, 06:23 PM
Kuerten content with progress

Former world number one Gustavo Kuerten missed out on a quarter-final spot at the Las Vegas Open on Thursday but said he was satisfied with the progress of his comeback.
The Brazilian had qualified for the round-robin stage but was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Jan Hernych. The Czech advanced to the last eight.
But having only played one match in 2006 after hip surgery, world No 804 Kuerten said he was pleased with his efforts.
"I was able to play well and hit the ball pretty good. I still have doubles and it will be good for me to finish the week strong and start again next week," he said.
"Today was the only day that I felt a little tired, but that is to be expected after playing singles and doubles yesterday."
The Brazilian's ranking is likely to soar over the next few weeks as he has been awarded wildcards into next month's two Masters Series events in Indian Wells and Miami, which both carry significant rankings points.
The 30-year-old said the process of rebuilding his game was the most important thing.
"It will not be my only concern to win matches," he said. "Obviously I will try to win but I will work on all the other things that are important for me."
Kuerten won three French Open titles in 1997, 2000 and 2001 but said that he would only be in Paris this year if he continued to make good progress.
"The French Open is so special for me, so I don't want to just go there to be there. I would rather get myself ready, maybe for the next year. I want to be 100%."

Source: http://www.supertennis.co.za/default.asp?id=206748&des=article&scat=supertennis/atp

brazuca5copas
03-07-2007, 01:30 AM
american ESPN did a chat with Guga today. To read all the chat must be an Insider, and I'm not.
http://*****.espn.go.com/chat/chatESPN?event_id=14909

Chat with Gustavo Kuerten!


Welcome to The Show! On Tuesday, the ATP's Gustavo Kuerten will join us to talk some tennis!
A three-time French Open champion, Kuerten will be making his first appearance since 2004 this week at Indian Wells. The former world No. 1 has won 20 career titles, his most recent coming in 2005.

Kuerten has struggled to overcome injuries of late, having undergone hip surgery in September 2004, and last year Kuerten was sidelined for all but one match.

Kuerten was a semifinalist at Indian Wells in 1999 and lost to Lleyton Hewitt in the 2003 final. Send in your questions now and join "Guga" for the answers on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

Buzzmaster: Guga will be here shortly! Keep the questions coming!




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Alexandre Cossenza: Hello from Rio, Guga! Happy to see your game coming along. My question is about your recovery from the hip problems. Have you finally come to the point where you wanted? Can you come out at the end of a match and analyze it ONLY in tennis terms (and not worry anymore about how your hip is bothering you) ?

Gustavo Kuerten: Yes I think I am at 20-20% to where I want to be. My leg does not bother me as much. I have been working a lot this month, and I think in the next few months I will be where I want to be,


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Sean: Guga, coming off the injury is there any surface that is giving you more trouble than others?

Eden
03-07-2007, 10:52 AM
Across The Net: Last Stand of the Lost Generation
Posted by Dan Martin on 03.05.2007

Carlos Moya, Tommy Haas, and Gustavo Kuerten are worth watching throughout 2007. Plus Players of the Week!

The Sampras-Agassi generation showcased a set of talented and accomplished players. Jim Courier, Goran Ivanesevic, Michael Chang, Michael Stich, Sergei Bruguera, Thomas Muster, and Richard Karjicek all won at least one Grand Slam title. Sampras set many all time records and Agassi won the career Grand Slam when he captured the French Open in 1999.

All of this success left the generation that followed with scant accomplishments. If Patrick Rafter is placed in the Agassi-Sampras generation and if Gustavo Kuerten is placed in the "New Balls" generation, then Yevgeny Kafelnikov's 1996 French Open title, 1999 Australian Open title, brief stint at #1 in 1999 and 2000 Olympic Gold Medal place Yevgeny as the most accomplished player of his generation. YK's career is indeed impressive, especially if one adds his multiple Grand Slam doubles titles, but it pales when compared to Jim Courier's career numbers of four Grand Slam titles and finishing 1992 at #1 in the world. Courier was the 3rd most decorated player of his generation. Thus, the lost generation did not set the world afire with Grand Slam titles or lengthy reigns at #1.

Carlos Moya won the 1998 French Open and was runner-up at the 1997 Australian Open. Moya spent a few weeks in 1999 at #1 and recovered nicely from career threatening injuries by finishing in the top ten from 2002-2004. Had Moya not been hurt in 1999, he likely would have won more Grand Slam titles. Moya is a big guy who moves incredibly well. He was coming into his own when the injury bug hit his career hard. He is 6'3" and has a big serve for a back court player. Moya also has one of the best forehands I have ever seen live or on television. King Carlos helped Spain win the Davis Cup in 2004 and finished the year ranked #5 in the world. Since that time, Moya's results have declined, but he is still considered to be one of the most charismatic players on tour. At thirty years of age, his best tennis is behind him, but Moya has reached two tournament finals (including a runner-up finish this week in Mexico) and one semifinal in 2007. Given that he finished five different years ranked in the top ten in the world, it would be fitting if Moya could have a strong clay court season and make a solid showing at the French Open.

Tommy Haas along with Nicholas Kiefer were expected to step into the big German tennis shoes that Boris Becker, Steffi Graf, and Michael Stich left. Haas has struggled with shoulder injuries his entire career. Haas was trained by Nick Bolleteri, but instead of reflecting the Bolleteri trend of bog forehand, two handed backhand players that started with Jimmy Aires, Aaron Krickstein, Andre Agassi and Jim Courier. Haas has one of the best one handed backhands in recent memory. Haas reached #2 in the world (somehow) in 2002. Haas has likely played his best tennis since January 2006. He pushed Roger Federer to five sets at the 2006 Australian Open, reached the quarterfinals of the 2006 U.S. Open, won three events in 2006, reached the semifinals of the 2007 Australian Open and dominated the event in Memphis last week. Haas won the title without facing a single break point. Andy Roddick, Haas' victim in the Memphis final, stated that Haas could realistically win a Grand Slam title. Haas charged into the semifinals at Dubai this week to take on another guy with a great one handed backhand who speaks German. The result: Roger Federer d. Tommy Haas 6-4, 7-5. Haas may be playing the second best tennis in the world in 2007, but his chances of going further and capturing a Grand Slam hinge on his ability to beat Federer. That may never happen, but Haas has the best chance of the lost generation to add one more Grand Slam to their collective accomplishments.

Gustavo Kuerten, if counted among the lost generation, is their standard bearer. Kuerten won the French Open in 1997, 2000 and 2001. Kuerten, known as "Guga", finished 2000 ranked #1 in the world and beat Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi back-to-back in order to claim that ranking. At Indianapolis in 2001, Guga was fresh off of a masterful victory in Cincinnati and looked to be solidly #1 in the world. Guga reached the Indianapolis final and looked to be a legitimate contender for the U.S. Open despite his clay court-only reputation. Due to weather, Guga had to play the semifinals and finals on the same day. He had done the same thing one week earlier in Cincinnati. Guga defeated 2001 Wimbledon champion the semifinals and faced Patrick Rafter in the finals. Guga hurt himself early in the first set and defaulted. Still he headed into the U.S. Open as the #1 seed with many good hard court results under his belt. Kuerten worked his way through to the quarterfinals of the 2001 U.S. Open, but struggled to do so. In the quarterfinals, Yevgeny Kafelnikov dominated a listless Kuerten. News slowly emerged that Kuerten had a bad hip. Such injuries are deadly in tennis due to the torque one produces by rotating the torso when hitting both forehands and backhands. Guga has had multiple hip surgeries and tried to come back several times. Despite beating Marat Safin at the U.S. Open in 2002, winning the 2002 Brazil Open and defeating Roger Federer at the 2004 French Open, the result of each comeback has always been negative in the long run. Recently, Kuerten won his first ATP level match in over 12 months. If Guga can rediscover his old form, he could be a major factor in Paris. This will likely take over one year of consistent tour play. If Guga can stay healthy and build confidence in 2007, look for him to make one last run on clay in 2008. Like Moya, Guga is charismatic and a fan favorite. It is good to have him back, but one must wonder what his career would have looked like had his hip not broken down.

Source: http://www.411mania.com/sports/other_sports/51453/Across-The-Net:-Last-Stand-of-the-Lost-Generation.htm

Eden
03-11-2007, 08:58 PM
Kuerten lacks the knockout punch

Tennis: Likeable Brazilian shows flashes of brilliance on return to big time, says Richard Evans

Sunday March 11, 2007
The Observer

A successful comeback in professional sport is one of the most difficult things to achieve and the evidence was there for all to see as the action got under way under cloudless desert skies in the year's first Masters Series event here in Indian Wells, California.

Of the present crop of players trying to relive past glories, only Martina Hingis seems to have cracked it. Having climbed back to sixth in the world rankings on the back of winning a title in Tokyo last month, the Swiss looked as good as ever while outplaying one of the tour's best newcomers, Caroline Wozniacki, 6-1 6-3 in the second round. Wozniacki, a Dane of Polish heritage, won the title in Las Vegas last week, but she had no answer to the touch and changes of pace with which Hingis unravelled her game.

Gustavo Kuerten, like Hingis a former world number one before hip problems set in, and Mirjana Lucic, a teenage Wimbledon semi-finalist, could only watch in envy after they had lost to rising young stars who have yet to taste the bitter frustration of being forced out of the game.
Kuerten played well in his first-round match against the big Argentine Juan Martin del Potro and served for the first set at 5-4, but he found that he had forgotten how nail down an opportunity. A weak backhand and a double fault allowed Del Potro back into the set and he ran away with the match 7-6 6-2.

'In the first set, despite the bad game at 5-4, I played well and moved well,' said Kuerten. 'But I still have this gap with the physical and my mind goes down a bit. It is tough, but I think it will get better.' Such has been the extent of Kuerten's absence from the game that he played only 17 matches in two years after hip surgery in 2004. But the problems had started before that, dragging this likeable, guitar-strumming Brazilian down from the heights of winning the French Open three times and then, significantly, the Tennis Masters Cup in Lisbon on a faster indoor carpet. After that season-ending triumph in 2000, 'Guga' was on the threshold of becoming a big world star. But it was not to be.

Source: http://sport.guardian.co.uk/tennis/story/0,,2031287,00.html

Billabong
03-12-2007, 01:40 AM
What is important is that he knows what to improve, so that's good:)

Eden
03-22-2007, 09:27 AM
Kuerten back on Brazil Davis squad

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- Three-time French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten was among eight players selected for consideration for Brazil's Davis Cup tie against Canada on Tuesday.

Brazil will face Canada April 6-8 in Group 1 of the Americas Zone. The clay-court matchup will take place in the southern Brazilian city of Florianopolis.

Captain Francisco Costa, a former player who took over the squad in February, also selected the country's three highest-ranked players: Flavio Saretta (102), Thiago Alves (119) and Ricardo Mello (127), the Brazilian tennis federation said. Only four will be chosen for the tie.

Kuerten, ranked 670th by the ATP and 22nd best among Brazilians, was summoned despite a 2-6 singles record this season, his first playing regularly on tour since hip surgery in September 2004.

He lost his doubles match in Brazil's 3-1 loss to Sweden in a World Group playoff last year.

The 30-year-old Kuerten, who was ranked No. 1 in 2000, won the last of his 20 titles in February 2004. He won the French Open in 1997, 2000 and 2001.

Costa, whose highest ATP rank was 140th in 2000, replaced Fernando Meligeni, who resigned as captain in December after complaining that the federation gave low priority to the Davis Cup.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/tennis/03/21/bc.la.spt.ten.daviscup.ap/

gigi51
04-09-2007, 12:40 PM
Tennis - Roland-Garros - 09/04/2007 - 11:35
Kuerten veut rejouer
Triple vainqueur entre 1997 et 2001, Gustavo Kuerten, 667e joueur ATP, a déclaré vouloir disputer Roland-Garros cette saison. Le Brésilien, opéré deux fois de la hanche en 2002 et 2004, aurait entamé une préparation adéquate pour arriver à Paris en bonne forme.

Kuerten, absent à Roland-Garros l'année dernière et tombé au 1er tour en 2005, a perdu le seul point du Brésil, en double, contre le Canada lors du 2e tour de la zone Amériques en Coupe Davis.

Article in french from eurosport.fr; Guga want to play RG he started a good preparation to be in good condition in Paris.:) and he's confident to get a Wild Card but if he won't have this he'll play qualies.:)

Billabong
04-10-2007, 01:54 AM
Guga should get a wildcard;) RG will give him one for sure:) He made history there;)

KingGuga'sQueen
04-13-2007, 04:26 PM
Guga should get a wildcard;) RG will give him one for sure:) He made history there;)

:yeah: Absolutely :yeah:

Billabong
06-09-2007, 12:13 AM
"Guga wants to come back Paris to earn of the faces", guarantees Larri

Elói Silveira, of Paris
Special for tenisbr@sil

Following the steps of that the same Guga said in Brazil, while it trains, stows in these days with the Larri Steps in one papo rápido and it it confirmed the idea of that the will exists yes to come back, but not an established stated period or a específico match for this. E it revealed until chateado with repórter of the site of Roland Garros, that would have exaggerated when cravar that the return would be in July, in matches in the Europe. "it did not say this accurately. It will come back to feel itself well. It was the same thing that here ", guaranteed.

For Larri, the situation of the Guga is difícil because it knows of the potential that has, but also of its físicas limitations ahead of a circuit each more athletical time. Same E was this justificatva not to accept the invitation of Roland Garros, although all the will to play the match that consecrated it. Após some rounds following the games, the trainer took off its conclusions and arrived until talking with the tenista in Brazil.

"You it today saw the game of (Rafael) the Nadal (in the tuesday, against the Carlos Moyá)? The Guga would not lose of this skill. The Guga would lose for 6/3, 6/4 and one 6/3, perhaps. But it does not want this, he does not want to come here and to lose for the Nadal. It has a pretty image. It wants to come back with the certainty that can earn of the faces ", said Larri. "Seeing the Federer also in the initial rounds, I spoke for it: today you it would come here and make very better that much of these faces ".

The motivation now in 2007 if is similar with the one of 97, when the trainer admitted to have papos in this nível with the player before exactly of it to blow up. "I remember little before, in Memphis, when it earned of (Andre) the Agassi and still nor was known, that I arrived to speak that it was playing as top 10 and it was thankful to me". Months later, the goblet of the Grand Slam for surprise of the world was in Paris raising.

Still in papo, Larri admitted that the classification of the Jonas Bjorkman to the eighth-of-end of this year found stranger. For who it does not remember, the Guga earned of the Swedish in the second round in 97, when it já it was a tenista twirled in the circuit. Today with 35 years and still in great form, it follows obtaining inimagináveis facts. "the case of the Bjorkman was strange. I ordered a message for the Guga speaking: e the Bjorkman? It is for laughing or to cry ".

Still in these days, here exactly in the press room, I talked with the Swedish and I asked on the duel of ten years atrás. It spoke: "At the time I remember that I was very disappointed with my defeat, because had lost for an unknown Brazilian. E I was in good form, but it played very. Só that I did not find that this was everything. It did not give to speak there that it would be número 1 or similar thing ".


Long 10 years - In this aniversário of first título of the Guga, it is not difícil to take a walk for the complex of Roland Garros and if to move some times when we find mentions to the Brazilian. Best of them está in it squares 1. Construída in round format, takes in the superior ring the name of all the champions since the first edition of the event, in 1891. E if you started the return for the missed side, are in that anxiety to skirt the estádio and to see the years of 97, 2000 and 2001, with the name of it lá.

In the same one it squares, the flag of strong Brazil tremula in the top, being seen of almost all the main street of the complex. In the press room, I repaired another day that wrote a text under of a beautiful photo of it well, já in 2000 or 2001, I do not know, estirado in squares, looking at for front, após to return to a ball probably impossível.

E walking for aí, he is really curious to know as the fact of being Brazilian automatically makes the people to ask for it Is always the same one: "But and the Guga, hein", either the security of squares Suzanne Lenglen, either Argentine, Spanish, French, Portuguese the journalist, either hostess of the massage, the girl of the reception of the press room, the simple couple that looked at in mine crachá well; e read "Brazil Tennis"...

Billabong
06-09-2007, 12:15 AM
Guga relembra Paris and says that it continues training firm
07/06/2007 to 18h25


Camboriú (SC) - Without being able to compete in Roland Garros in this year, exactly in the edition where it would commemorate the 10 years of its first heading in the Grand French Slam, Gustavo Kuerten guaranteed in this thursday, through official notice sent for its assessorship, that continues investing in the physical work with the objective to come back to compete in high level.

"It is clearly that I would like to be playing in Roland Garros. But I cannot be chateado, thinking about this every day. If I was not this year is because I want to be there, playing, in the year that comes ", affirms Guga, that exactly gained first of its the three historical trophies in Paris in day 8 of June. "Roland Garros is my favourite match. It was there that everything happened for me ".

Ten years later, Guga remembered the 1997 trajectory, where it stops conquering the heading needed to win three former-champions of Roland Garros. It earned, in the sequência of Slava Dosedel, Jonas Bjorkman, Thomas Muster, Andrei Medvedev, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Sergi Bruguera. "I arrived in Paris, in that year, with good expectations. It was playing well, it had finished to gain a Challenger in Brazil and had hopes to make a good campaign, but it did not imagine that it was to gain the heading. I started with two first well hard rounds, gaining of the Dosedel and the Bjorkman and later lode the game against the Muster, that was what it opened the doors for the heading ".

Between the new features, they were the departures of five sets. "I remember that it arrived a moment of the game where I found that it was not to aguentar. A departure of five sets in a Grand Slam had never played. There I obtained to earn and came the Medvedev, in a game that had that to be interrupted in the way. It was a departure very balanced, with us two having possibilities the time all, until I earned. Against the Kafelnikov, the game was does not stop it. He was duríssimo, it it did not give space to me, but in the only chance that I had, and was one only, I used to advantage ".

The decisive rounds had been still more special: "the semifinal was the first game where I faced one face more or less in the same situation of that, that never I had fond in that period of training in a Grand Slam. I prepared myself for a well hard game and earned well. Against the Bruguera, in the end, I made mine better game in the match. I entered very relaxed, tranquilo, knowing what to make, without only thinking that the decision of the heading was playing, thinking about freeing the arm, as the Larri (Steps) came saying the entire match to me "

The tenista spoke that when raised the trophy of champion it came a film in its head, of the trajectory of its career. "They had come images since when I started to play child well, passing for the youthful one, when I started to travel, until arriving at that moment, that was the concretion of all a work of many years. It was the accomplishment of a dream ".

Bigger icon of the tennis of Brazil, Guga continues in the fight to come back to play in high level, after having passed for two surgeries in the hip (2002 and 2004) and laments the lack of results of the Brazilian tennis and qualified projects in the country. "It is sad. It was not really used to advantage nothing in development terms and structure. The part of growth specialized in the sport, with more professional projects was well to desire. What it moved completely was the spreading of the tennis, the number of people playing and the sprouting of social projects. It lacked a qualified program so that we could have tenistas more of tip ".

On its return to the circuit, Guga said that thus that he will be ready, it will travel to compete. "I am in search of a regularity. I am working, making of everything the possible one to be well physically, with force in the right leg, without oscillations. Thus that it will have this certainty, I come back to compete. Still I have this dream to come back to compete in high level ".

brazuca5copas
06-09-2007, 02:47 PM
Thank's Seb !!!
Guga fly to Paris yesterday, he will be tomorrow in the final and according to brazilian tv.

Lee
06-09-2007, 04:09 PM
Will he present the trophy? They have Mary Pierce presented the trophy for women's champion today. It should be right for Guga as the presenter as it's 10 years ago he won.

brazuca5copas
06-09-2007, 04:33 PM
Will he present the trophy? They have Mary Pierce presented the trophy for women's champion today. It should be right for Guga as the presenter as it's 10 years ago he won.

Yes, He'll do the same that Mary Pierce. The guys from French Open doesn't confirm, it should be a secret but now everyone knows.
http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/profissional/roland_garros/ultnot/ult594u1690.htm

Lee
06-09-2007, 04:38 PM
Thanks Vanessa

:woohoo:

PennyThePenguin
06-10-2007, 06:09 AM
yaaay! it'd be worth watching the men's finals just for that :o

Eden
06-15-2007, 03:41 PM
Tennis: Gustavo Kuerten will not play Pan Am
Posted: 2007/06/15

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The Brazilian Tennis Confederation (CBT) announced Thursday that three-time Roland Garros champion Gustavo Kuerten will not participate in the XV Pan American Games, to be held in Rio de Janeiro in July.

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 14 (Xinhua) -- The entity released the rosters of Brazil's men's and women's teams for the competition. Guga, as the player is popular known, is not among the three men players drafted.

Kuerten had previously released a press statement saying that he would not play the Games, but CBT promptly denied the information. At the time, he stressed that the decision was taken with the consent of the Brazilian team's head coach Francisco Costa.

After the Confederation bounced back, the coach said that Guga is not ready yet to return to courts in a Pan Am, but he added that he expects the former champion to join the squad for the Davis Cup, against Austria.

The coaching committee, comprised of Costa, Joao Zwetsch and Thomaz Koch, drafted players Flavio Saretta, Thiago Alves and Marcos Daniel.

According to Costa, Alves and Daniel have been presenting the best recent performances among Brazilian tennis players, as the former occupies a higher position in the ATP (Association of Tennis Players) ranking, and the latter led the local ranking in 2006.

Saretta was chosen to fill up the roster due to his being experienced in important international competitions.

The women's team for the Pan Am Games will rely on Jenifer Widjaja, Teliana Pereira and Joana Cortez.

Source: http://mathaba.net/news/?x=555720

Eden
06-24-2007, 06:33 PM
Seems that we have to wait at least 3 more months until we will see Guga on the court again :sad:

That's what Charlie Bricker wrote in an article:


Ran into Larri Passos coming down the path to Aorangi and he says his No. 1 charge, three-time French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten, is still three months away from getting back on court.
That means the USTA can save a wild card for another American. Guga won't be ready for the Open. He cannot seem to get over his chronic hip problems. He tried coming back this year, playing Challengers and taking wild cards where he could get them, like the Sony Ericsson Open, but was a very deserved 2-8. After losing two and two to Raemon Sluiter in the first round at Key Biscayne, he went home to try to get well and hasn't played since.
Kuerten is 30 years old and ranked No. 667. He's earned nearly $15 million. So why is this man trying to play tennis?

Source: http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_tennisblog/2007/06/guga-at-least-3.html

PennyThePenguin
06-25-2007, 01:57 PM
:awww:

liptea
06-25-2007, 04:48 PM
when i was in brazil, i was convinced that i saw guga kuerten and then deb told me that he was actually in california. but i was so thrilled for like three hours.

anyway, maybe his lookalike is playing tennis and guga is actually just wandering the streets.

PennyThePenguin
06-26-2007, 10:37 AM
when i was in brazil, i was convinced that i saw guga kuerten and then deb told me that he was actually in california. but i was so thrilled for like three hours.

anyway, maybe his lookalike is playing tennis and guga is actually just wandering the streets.

:lol: niti. it'd be nice if that were true. it'd mean NO HIP PROBLEMS! because his lookalike's the one with the problems

Wojtek
06-30-2007, 02:37 PM
i miss guga so much :(

Eden
07-08-2007, 10:54 AM
i miss guga so much :(

Me too :sad:

Has anyone seen Guga in Wimbledon? He was there according to this article:


Elsewhere, things felt a lot better. “God has been really good to me,” Larri Passos said. Gustavo Kuerten was the world No 1 seven years ago, won the French Open three times and reached the quarter-finals of the 1999 Wimbledon, which sent them nuts in Brazil. Passos was his coach and the next best thing to the father that Kuerten lost aged 9 when Aldo Kuerten collapsed and died umpiring a junior match.

Kuerten, 30, who presented the trophy to Rafael Nadal on his third Roland Garros triumph last month, has been visiting the All England Club, stopping to confess that his efforts to return to the competitive front line after a debilitating hip injury are in vain. He said he intends to play a couple of exhibition matches – “to remind Brazilians and the world who I was” – and take the rest of his life from there.

Passos probably thought that he would never be back in a grand-slam tournament but he is coaching Tamira Paszek, a 16-year-old from Austria who reached the fourth round of the women’s singles yesterday – a partnership that began in remarkable circumstances and promises to become a tale as fascinating as that of Kuerten and the little man who never left his side.

Consider this: Paszek had been pictured with Kuerten in Paris when she was 13. Her father, Ariff Mohamed, born in Tanzania and raised in Kenya, wrote to Passos two years ago saying that he had a 14-year-old daughter with a talent for tennis and pleaded with him to come and see for himself.

“Larri has always been in my heart for what he did for Guga [Kuerten] and I wanted to tell him about my Tamira,” Ariff said. Passos, fascinated by such a request, flew to Austria, took one look at Paszek and enrolled her in his academy in Brazil. With her 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Elena Dementieva, the No 12 seed from Russia, Paszek joins Kim Clijsters, Jelena Dokic, Anna Kournikova and Martina Hingis as 16-year-olds to have reached this stage of Wimbledon in the past ten years.

Kuerten lost to Andre Agassi – the French Open champion at the time – in straight sets in that quarter-final in 1999, although Passos is certain that had he won, he would have taken the title. For Kuerten, Wimbledon was never quite the same again. In Portugal, at the end of 2000, his marquee year, he became the first player to win the Masters Cup, after the ITF and ATP came to their senses and decided to stage an end-of-season championship in harness rather than blow raspberries at each other and do their own things.

Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article2017641.ece

Lee
07-08-2007, 10:57 PM
Adam (Adee-gee) saw Guga in Wimbledon. Guga walked right pass him and that idiot Adam went frozen and forgot to ask a pic or talk to Guga. By the time his brain worked again, Guga already went into the player area. :smash:

Eden
07-17-2007, 10:29 PM
What a missed opportunity *sigh* I never thought Adam would be that shy ;)

Hagar
07-22-2007, 09:49 AM
So does that mean that Guga calls it a day? Damn it.

Lee
07-22-2007, 11:28 PM
So does that mean that Guga calls it a day? Damn it.

No, he still plans to return to the tour.

Hagar
08-01-2007, 02:47 PM
No, he still plans to return to the tour.

I so hope it can work out. Damn, I really thought 2007 would be the year of the come-back.

brazuca5copas
08-18-2007, 12:35 AM
According to this article Guga can play US Open in doubles.
http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/diaadia/ult138u32663.htm

PennyThePenguin
08-18-2007, 02:03 PM
:yeah: looking forward to that :D

Miss Mojo Risin'
08-18-2007, 03:13 PM
According to this article Guga can play US Open in doubles.
http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/diaadia/ult138u32663.htm

Thanks so much. Great news. :banana: :banana:

Lee
08-18-2007, 06:22 PM
Thanks for the news.

Miss Mojo Risin'
08-20-2007, 01:54 PM
Adam (Adee-gee) saw Guga in Wimbledon. Guga walked right pass him and that idiot Adam went frozen and forgot to ask a pic or talk to Guga. By the time his brain worked again, Guga already went into the player area. :smash:

Does anyone know if there's any pictures of Guga in Wimbledon?

Lee
08-20-2007, 03:06 PM
Does anyone know if there's any pictures of Guga in Wimbledon?

I don't know.

Eden
08-23-2007, 09:21 AM
Brazil adds former No. 1 Kuerten as reserve for Davis Cup
Aug. 21, 2007

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Three-time French Open winner Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten will be a reserve on Brazil's Davis Cup squad that will face Austria in the Davis Cup World Group playoffs next month.

The winner of the Sept. 21-23 tie in Innsbruck will advance to the World Group.
Kuerten, ranked 661st by the ATP, has a 2-7 singles record this season, his first playing regularly on tour since hip surgery in September 2004.
"Guga's presence is always important," Brazil captain Francisco Costa said Tuesday.
Costa, a former player who took over the squad in February, selected Flavio Saretta, Ricardo Mello, Andre Sa and Marcelo Melo for the tie against Austria, the Brazilian tennis confederation said.
The 30-year-old Kuerten, ranked No. 1 in 2000, won the last of his 20 titles in February 2004. He won the French Open in 1997, 2000 and 2001.
Brazil is trying to return to the World Group for the first time since 2003.

Source: http://cbs.sportsline.com/tennis/story/10311913/rss

Haile Selassie
08-23-2007, 11:30 AM
Great.
Thanks for the article.

Eden
09-14-2007, 12:32 PM
Kuerten contemplates retirement if he fails to become competitive again

The Associated Press
Published: September 12, 2007

SAO PAULO, Brazil: Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten said for the first time that he may retire from professional tennis if he fails to stay competitive in 2008.
"My goal is to try to gain more confidence and feel conformable for the singles tournaments, and I think next year I need to be feeling that way and competing at a high level," the 31-year-old Brazilian said in a press conference on Wednesday. "If I can't, I'll probably opt to do other things and plan the end of my career."
Kuerten, ranked 662nd by the ATP tour, has a 2-7 singles record this season, his first playing regularly on tour since hip surgery in September 2004.
He said he will try to play in "two or three" more tournaments this year.
"The goal today is to extend my career," he said.
Despite the lack of good results in recent years, Kuerten had always dismissed the option of retirement.
Kuerten will be a reserve on Brazil's Davis Cup squad that will face Austria in the Davis Cup relegation-promotion playoffs Sept. 21-23. Brazil is trying to return to the World Group for the first time since 2003.
The Brazilian, ranked No. 1 in 2000, won the last of his 20 titles in February 2004. He won the French Open in 1997, 2000 and 2001.

Source: http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/09/12/sports/LA-SPT-TEN-Kuerten-Retirement.php

Eden
10-13-2007, 12:22 PM
NOT KUERTENS FOR GUGA YET

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Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten is hoping to return to the ATP singles circuit in 2008.

The Brazilian is flying to Madrid on Friday to play in the doubles of the Masters Series with Carlos Moya, but he is aiming to make a singles comeback after having to rely on wild-cards for the past two seasons.

"I still believe I can return,'' said the 31-year-old, who has been hit hard by injuries in recent years.

"I want to play singles next year.

"Although I will not play in as many tournaments as I used to, I still feel pleasure when training, competing, taking Brazil's name abroad.

"I truly miss being part of the circuit and want to keep myself active, competitive. I'm going to Spain very motivated. This is one another challenge in my career.''

Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/07/10/11/manual_121149.html

PennyThePenguin
10-13-2007, 12:51 PM
guga's still got so much drive left in him :hearts: :hearts: :yeah:

Lee
10-14-2007, 01:09 AM
Vamos Guga! :bounce:

Billabong
10-16-2007, 11:42 AM
How can you not admire this guy:worship:
They lost a very tight match to Nalbandian and Canas, 12-10 in the third set:eek: Great fight though, hopefully this is the start of something positive:)

Wojtek
10-21-2007, 04:30 PM
Vamos Guga

Eden
10-31-2007, 05:28 PM
Can anyone translate this one please? :) All I understand is that it has to do with the investigations on the ATP tour


Guga pede investigação séria da ATP, no caso das apostas

Número um do mundo durante 43 semanas, o tricampeão de Roland Garros Gustavo Kuerten pediu, nesta sexta-feira, que a ATP faça uma investigação séria e que o problema das apostas e resultados manipulados seja resolvido, o mais rápido possível.

“É importante haver uma boa investigação, não só no tênis, mas em todos os esportes, em que há uma lacuna muito grande para os mais interessados se aproveitarem. Este problema tem que ser resolvido rápido, para não correr o risco de manchar o nome do esporte,” disse Guga, que está em Florianópolis, onde participou do 4º Encontro dos Projetos Esportivos do seu Instituto, o Instituto Guga Kuerten.

Guga também falou que nunca foi abordado por agentes de apostas e que sabe que o jogo em que derrotou o italiano Filippo Volandri, no Brasil Open, por 6/3 6/1, em fevereiro, está sendo considerado suspeito. “Nunca fui abordado e nunca recebi nada de ninguém. Sempre que entro em quadra, entro para ganhar. O que me lembro, no Brasil Open, é que o Volandri estava machucado e não tinha muitas condições de jogo.”

Source: http://guga.com/?show=NoticiasBR&idioma=BR&menu=7&submenu=1&item=noticias&idnot=4577

Lee
11-01-2007, 02:33 PM
Eden, I asked MTF's resident sports writer from Brasil and here's his reply :lol:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=6207273&postcount=136945

for anyone don't know who's virex, he is Brasilian, and no surprise, named Gustavo. He writes for tennisbrasil (the web site) and also a sports magazine. He loves his work for the magazine hates the one in tennisbrasil

Eden
11-02-2007, 06:12 PM
Thanks for the link Lee and to Gustavo for the translation :)

whisper*
11-07-2007, 02:07 AM
Translated :)

What THE GUGA has been up to lately

Nov3rd07 GUGAs plans for 2008

Guga still does not have plans for 2008 Of The On-line Tribune C

ome of one season frustrating and coexisting doubts on its future in the tennis, Gustavo Kuerten uses to advantage the year end to relax in Santa Catarina and not to think about you square them.

It was the Imbituba in this Saturday and conferred of close the Brazilian stage it WCT, the world-wide elite it surfe. Former-number 1 of the world still said not to know that matches will dispute in 2008. "the principle, game alone in the year that comes.

I am of vacation and seeing what I go to make in the next season. This year I arrived until Madrid and, later, I go to congregate itself with the Larri (Steps, trainer) to see the calendar of the next year ", discloses.

When standing out that it will not come back to play this year, the catarinense of 31 years discourages those that waited to see it in Aracaju, in an event of exhibition in December. Limited for the injury in the hip that moved away it from the fight for the first positions of ranking world-wide of tennis, Guga already not surfa as before, but does not hide the passion for the preferred pastime, that the aid to relax.

In the WCT of Santa Catarina, the tricampeão of Roland Garros lived Brazilian a different experience in ground: it was not the center of the attentions of the public. "Here, the Kelly Slater has one appeals very great. For that it conquered, he infects the people. It is a great example, is one face that arrives at the reach of all ", says the tenista on the world-wide octacampeão, that already until visited the house of Guga.

In the hour to give a pitaco on who this year will be the champion of the WCT, the Brazilian was politically correct. "Mick (Fanning) goes to finish being the champion. But if Kelly (Slater) to earn, goes to be deserved ". The information are of the Esporte.com Globe.

whisper*
11-07-2007, 02:12 AM
Anna K., with some kind words to and about GUGA!!!

Kournikova waits that Guga follows playing

Russian Tenista is in Rio De Janeiro for session of photos of a mark of footwear

tenista Anna Kournikova is in ground Carioca for a session of photos, as star of the campaign of grife of footwear American K-Swiss. In press conference in the Copacabana Palace, in the afternoon of this tuesday, the Russian athlete demonstrated euphoria to the speech of the Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten. - I know that in last the three or four years it suffered with injuries, but he am a person who has very charisma. It played so well, its style was very empolgante, and waits that it continues trying. With certainty, it it inspired many young in Brazil.

Coincidence or not, Kournikova disputed its last Grand Slam in 2003, when still it had 22 years. For the world it are, the Russian more is requested by the beauty of that for the results in it squares. It never gained a match of simple of the WTA, but on the other hand she conquered 16 matches of pairs. Its better rank in ranking of simple was 8º place in 2000. For the pairs, already it was in the top in 1999.

http://globoesporte.globo.com/ESP/Noticia/Tenis/0,,MUL171930-4434,00-KOURNIKOVA+ESPERA+QUE+GUGA+SIGA+JOGANDO.html

whisper*
11-20-2007, 11:02 PM
20/11/2007 - 20h56 Of eye in matches of simple, Guga already trains in the next week Of the UOL Sport In São Paulo

After disputing matches of pairs, Gustavo Kuerten comes back to focar only the competitions of simple in the next season. Still far of the good form that took it to the leadership of ranking world-wide, the Brazilian initiates in the next week the training to eye in the great matches.

Tricampeão in Roland Garros, currently the Brazilian occupies 676ª position in ranking of entrances of the ATP. After a modest performance in the beginning of the year in simple, Guga disputed matches in pairs, but also it did not get success. "I want to play simple, not to be alone in the pairs and to play the great matches", affirmed the tenista during an event of awarding of the Institute Gustavo Kuerten.

During the ceremony, that counted more than on the presence of 600 people, between them the tenistas Andres Sá and Marcelo Melo, Guga made question to homage its brother new Guillermo, who died in last day 7. "[ does not have as not to feel the lack of the GUI brother who had 28 years ] and not to remember the joy of it, still more at these moments.

The Institute comes if becoming one of my great objectives and goes dividing my time between squares them and the IGK ", said. With the objective to come back to compete well in the next season, Guga initiates physical work in the week that comes in the academy of its Larri technician Steps.

whisper*
11-20-2007, 11:07 PM
Almost like the one above!!!

Guga delivers prizes in social project and says that it comes back to treinos 20/11/2007 to 18h39 Florianópolis (SC) -

Gustavo Kuerten announced in Florianópolis that will come back to the treinos toward season 2008 in the week that comes. Its declaration after came in this tuesday the ceremony of delivery of prizes of 5º Prize IGK - the Great Social Play -, project that the catarinense created. Its deceased new brother, Guillermo, also were remembered in the event.

"This is plus a conquest of the IGK. Every year this event moves, but of this time if it became more special. It does not have as not to feel the lack of the GUI and not to remember the joy of it, still more at these moments. The Institute comes if becoming one of my great objectives and goes dividing my time between squares them and the IGK ", counted Guga.

"But in the week that comes already will be training, in the academy of the Larri, for the season of the year that comes. I want to play simple, not to be alone in the pairs and to play the great matches ", declared the former-number 1 of the world, reaffirming its will to come back to squares them.

Guga wrote a text for Guillermo and, to the side of the brother Rafael, it delivered to the trophy Guillermo Kuerten, of the special category of the Prize, to the Alice mother. It enters a delivery of prize and another one, pupils of the APAES of different regions of Santa Catarina and pupils of the Esportivos Projects of the IGK, if they had presented in palco, all with related subjects the joy.

"This sample pra people that if everybody to make a bit, give to make some thing and I always believed very this. It is impressive what they obtain to make and this goes infecting, "said Guga, that also delivered the trophy to journalist Viviane Bevilacqua, for its substance" a Worthy Oldness.

" Between the journalists, in the category television, he won Edmilson Ortiz, with the substance "Surfe for Blind people," and in the fotojornalismo the champion was the Maurício Vieira, with the photo "Love Without Limits."

The category Social Projects premiou the Association João Pablo II, with the "School of Candle and environment," and the Educative Action, the teacher Raquel Pacheco, with the "Hygienic cleaning of the quantity of our library."

whisper*
11-20-2007, 11:14 PM
Here is a good website that always has something about The GUGA! He has said this is one of his favorite sites... :)
More info about his nite out with pic!

http://www.clicrbs.com.br/clicesportes/jsp/default.jsp?tab=00003&newsID=a1683432.htm&subTab=00611&uf=2&local=18&l=&template=&section=noticias

whisper*
11-20-2007, 11:19 PM
This is back from 2001 or so....BUT really good q and a with The GUGA!!!

Lots more here!!! http://www.latinosportslegends.com/2001/Gustavo_Kuerten_interview.htm

Q - You like to surf on the Internet every day. What are your favorite web sites?
A - Of course, my favorite is my website, www.guga.com.br. I log on it very often to chat with the fans and read what they think. I also surf on www.globo.com to

see the Brazilian news, especially on sports. I also go to www.clicrbs.com.br to read my local newspaper from Florianopolis and on www.camerasurf.com.br to see the waves.

Lee
11-22-2007, 11:13 PM
http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2007news/guga_awards.asp

PLAYER NEWS
Florianopolis. Brazil
November 22, 2007

Kuerten Makes Emotional Appearance at Institute Ceremony

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/2007/250x180/kuerten_awards.jpg

Former World No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten made an emotional appearance at the fifth annual Gustavo Kuerten Institute Awards ceremony in his hometown of Florianopolis earlier this week.

The ceremony praised the efforts of people, who work for social inclusion and spread solidarity in the Santa Catarina state of Brazil.

The evening was made more poignant as less than two weeks ago his 28-year-old brother, Guilherme, who suffered from cerebral palsy, died.

“This evening, every year, is very special,” said Kuerten. “It is a moment where we can award and also enjoy everything that our projects have learnt along the year, but this time it is even more special, because we can’t help missing my brother Guilherme, who truly enjoyed the event and being handicapped, also took part in several of the projects we work on.”

Kuerten, with his older brother Rafael, presented the special trophy of the evening to his mother Alice. The trophy was dedicated to late younger brother.

“This year’s name of the event is Happiness, and Gui was the perfect translation of pure happiness,” said Kuerten. “Even without speaking he was able to show happiness all the time.”

Kuerten was invited onto the stage by popular Brazilian singer Raimundo Fagner to sing Guga’s favorite song ‘Noturno’.

“It is an honor for me to have Fagner here and it is an even bigger honor to sing with him. I hope I haven’t embarrassed him,” said Guga afterwards.

Kuerten’s girlfriend Leticia and fellow tennis players Andre Sa and Marcelo Melo also attended the event.

The Gustavo Kuerten Institute has helped more than 25,000 people since it first opened seven years ago. The Institute works with projects for people with special needs and with sports projects for children who are socially challenged.

Next week Kuerten intends to be back to Larri Passos’ Academy, to start preparing for the 2008 season. “I want to play singles and not only play doubles, so next week I am gonna be on court getting ready for the next season.”

The 31-year-old, who has been slowed by a continuing hip problem, was limited to only nine ATP level matches (2-7) this season.

Eden
11-24-2007, 09:00 PM
Thanks for posting Lee :)

Lee
11-24-2007, 10:15 PM
You're welcome, Doris!

whisper*
12-19-2007, 04:10 PM
Yep he is back with DIADORA!

translated from terra.com.br

The tenista Gustavo Kuerten announced, in this tuesday, that will come back to use uniforms of the Diadora. The Italian company, who supplied esportivo material the catarinense in the beginning of its career, will be again its partner from season 2008. "We have a very strong linking since the beginning. It was a marcante trajectory during my better years in the circuit and very of my image it is on, since the first time that I gained Roland Garros ", affirmed former-number one of the world.

Guga if related to its victory in the Opened one of the France of 1997, when it appeared for the world with blue tennises and a showy blue shirt and turns yellow. It came back to conquer the heading in squares them of gross sand of Paris in the years of 2000 and 2001. The new commitment of Guga with the Diadora has five years of duration. It is marked for day 3 of January, in Florianópolis, a parade of launching of the Collection Guga Kuerten. "It was with them that I started my career and with them that I go to finish."

In the first phase of its partnership with the Italian company, the catarinense was close to losing the Games Olímpicos de Sydney, in 2000, exactly because of the supplier. The tenista wanted to act with its uniform, but Comitê Brazilian Olímpico (COB) determined the use of Olympikus clothes. After much controversy and quarrel, were made right that Guga would defend Brazil with a uniform produced for the supplier of the COB, but without its printed mark. With a white shirt, the Brazilian lost in the fourth-of-end for the Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who finished being with the gold medal. Years later, the tenista would be sponsored by the same Olympikus whose mark if had refused to exhibit. In the last years, former-number one of the world came acting with clothes of a proper mark in its rare presentations in the professional circuit.

Lee
12-19-2007, 06:48 PM
:scratch: What happens to his own clothing line?

Eden
01-05-2008, 11:48 PM
Kuerten seeks French Open return

RIO DE JANEIRO: Triple French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten said on Friday that he had a “99%” chance of playing at Roland Garros this year.

“I love Roland Garros. It's where I have had the best performances of my career,” the 31-year-old, who was crowned French Open champion in 1997, 2000 and 2001, told Brazilian media.

Kuerten has been dogged by injuries in the last two years and hardly played at all in 2007 being eliminated in the first round of the US Open and Miami Masters.

The former world number one has slumped to 680 in the current rankings. – AFP

Source: http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2008/1/6/sports/19931397&sec=sports

Eden
01-06-2008, 05:59 PM
Seems that we have to say good-bye to Guga after the end of this season :sad:


Report: Brazil's Kuerten to play his last season in 2008
The Associated Press
January 6, 2008

SAO PAULO, Brazil: Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten will play his farewell season in 2008, the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported Sunday.

The 31-year-old Brazilian plans to play only in a few tournaments before retiring, but said he wants Roland Garros to be among them.

"I want to play in tournaments that are special for me," Kuerten said Friday. "I've been practicing and there are only a few details to finalize my schedule."

He also was expected to play in the Brasil Open and the Master Series in Miami, the Estado said.

Last year, Kuerten said for the first time that he may retire from professional tennis if he fails to stay competitive in 2008.

Ranked 680th by the ATP tour, Kuerten had a 2-7 singles record last season, his first playing regularly on tour since hip surgery in September 2004.

The Brazilian, ranked No. 1 in 2000, won the last of his 20 titles in February 2004. He won the French Open in 1997, 2000 and 2001.

Source: http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/01/06/sports/LA-SPT-TEN-Kuerten.php

Lee
01-07-2008, 12:05 AM
http://img2.menstennisforums.com/753/thumbs/sad024.gif

PennyThePenguin
01-07-2008, 11:45 AM
:awww:

gugadaman
01-07-2008, 07:09 PM
Tênis
| 06/01/2008 | 06/01/2008

| 19h44min | 19h44min


Office of Guga denies retirement in 2008

The tennis pro only stop playing if it is not in a position to compete


The advice of the press, Gustavo Kuerten denied that the tennis player is planning his retirement in 2008. The information that Guga would like to close his career at Roland Garros was reported by the newspaper "O Estado de S. Paulo", signed by a major tennis journalists specialists in the country.

Informing the advice of the tennis player is that the timetable for Guga is still under discussion. Guga not playing a match of simple since March 2007 - in the Masters Series in Miami - which precludes the entry of the tennis player in the key of the major competitions if it is not by invitation of the organization.

As the invitations are announced only on the dates of the completion of the upcoming events, and that is still needed to negotiate these, it is virtually impossible to say that the tennis player will participate in a Grand Slam, or even in other major tournaments of the ATP calendar.

The version released in September collective interview that remains is: Guga only retiring in 2008 if not qualified to play in a good competitive level. Focusing on departures from simple, the tennis player is intensifying its preparation in the physical training with Larri Passos.

http://www.clicrbs.com.br/diariocatarinense/jsp/default.jsp?uf=2&local=18&section=Esportes&newsID=a1727910.xml

kai.
01-09-2008, 12:26 PM
Noo.. :eek: :sobbing:

Eden
02-10-2008, 12:10 PM
Kuerten to play at Brazil Open in farewell tour
2008-02-10

BRASILIA, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Former French Open champion Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten will begin his farewell tour in professional tennis at the Brazil Open on Monday.
He will face the current No. 75 in the world, the Argentine, Berlocq in the first round.
"I love to play on this court. The climate is humid, just like I like it, and I have many special memories from here. I am happy to be here. After weeks of training, I am ready to enjoy this tournament," said the three-time French Open champion in 1997, 2000 and 2001.
The groups of the tournament were drawn on Saturday. Guga, the winner of the 2002 and 2004 tournaments, entered the main draw directly due to a personal invitation from the organizers. The No.677 in the world will be the only Brazilian in his group.
The other two Brazilians already guaranteed to play in this year's tournament are Thomaz Bellucci, the world No. 183, and Marcos Daniel, the world No. 110. Bellucci who will have to face off against veteran Nicolas Lappentti, from Ecuador. Daniel will play against Aussie Peter Luczak.
The qualifying round began on Saturday, and will end on Sunday with four main draw berths on offer. The tournament begins on Monday in Sauipe, Bahia

Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-02/10/content_7585220.htm

*julie*
02-10-2008, 05:10 PM
:wavey: Hi there. I don't post here but I have always liked Guga and am :sad: he's gonna end his career soon. Anyway, let's enjoy his last months on the tour. ;)

There is an interview of Larri Passos from a french website:
http://www.coach365.fr/carnet-intime/article_220234_-Guga-va-faire-un-truc-.shtml

TENNIS / LARRI PASSOS :

« Guga va faire un truc ! »
Rédaction Coach 365 - vendredi 08 février 2008 - 14h23

Gustavo Kuerten va bien. Et le prouve. Secondé par son entraîneur, Larri Passos, le Brésilien entame une tournée d’adieu qui s’achèvera à Roland-Garros en mai prochain. Rencontre avec notre envoyé spécial au Brésil, Eric Frosio.

« Bienvenue chez moi ! » Larri Passos a le sens de l’accueil. Les portes de son ranch de Camboriu à peine ouvertes et voilà l’entraîneur de Gustavo Kuerten qui fait le guide. Plantée dans les collines verdoyantes de l’état de Santa Caterina, à une centaine de kilomètres de Florianopolis, son académie n’est pas une usine à champions comme chez Bolletieri. Simplement un joli club avec une dizaine de courts en terre-battue, une salle de gym et un réfectoire. « Le lieu idéal pour moi car il se dégage de cet endroit des vibrations très positives », savoure Guga, qui prépare une tournée d’adieu qui s’achèvera le 25 mai, à Roland-Garros. En attendant, c’est un Larri Passos motivé qui nous a expliqué comment il préparait son poulain avant le dernier bain de foule de sa carrière…

Comment se sent Gustavo Kuerten avant d’entamer dès le 11 février à Costa do Sauipe (à Bahia) la première étape de sa tournée d’adieu ?
Il est bien. Il travaille très dur depuis plusieurs mois pour cette échéance. Là, on est ici, au milieu de ces collines et je sais que l’énergie est positive. C’est le lieu idéal pour qu’il se prépare et qu’il se concentre. En ce moment, il me fait plaisir. Je sens qu’il va faire un truc lors de cette tournée !

Après deux ans d’absence, plus personne n’y croit !
Lui y croit et moi aussi, je vous assure ! Guga a encore la flamme ! Et il le faut pour endurer toutes les souffrances que lui inflige son corps.

Plus de deux heures de massages ont été nécessaires pour qu’il puisse aller sur court et s’entraîner. Pourquoi ?
Depuis ses deux opérations à la hanche, son muscle fessier s’est retrouvé atrophié. Il n’y a pas grand chose à faire, à part travailler dessus tous les jours. Ce n’est pas facile car cela le fait souffrir mais Guga est un vrai champion, il me le prouve tous les jours.

Qu’en est-il de son tennis ?
Il est très bien. Il sert mieux qu’avant, avec plus de kick et son revers est toujours le meilleur. C’est vrai qu’il est moins rapide et véloce qu’avant mais il va compenser en jouant de manière encore plus agressive et en montant plus souvent au filet.

Vous croyez qu’il peut rivaliser avec un Top 10 ?
Si son physique lui permet, je n’ai aucun doute là-dessus ! Le niveau n’a pas vraiment évolué depuis qu’il a arrêté. Certains gars qu’il battait facilement sont toujours bien classés. Aujourd’hui les joueurs se respectent trop et la hiérarchie est toujours la même. C’est dommage.

Avez-vous déjà envisagé de collaborer avec un autre professionnel sur le circuit ?
Pour l’instant, c’est hors de question. Je ne peux pas travailler, ou envisager de travailler, avec quelqu’un d’autre que Guga. C’est seulement après Roland-Garros 2008 que je pourrais étudier la question. Ce que je peux vous dire, c’est que Gasquet me voulait en 2005. Il est revenu à la charge il y a quelques mois aussi, mais ce n’était pas possible. En tout cas, je l’aime bien ce garçon…

Eric Frosio à Florianopolis


Here is the translation (my english is not perfect)


"Guga's gonna do something"

Guga is fine and proves it. Helped by his coach, Larri Passos, the Brazilian starts his farewell season which will end in Roland Garros. Eric Frosio, journalist, met him in Brazil.

- How does Guga feel before his first round of Costa di Sauipe?
He's fine. He's been working hard for several months now. Here, we are in the middle of the hills and the energy is positive. It's the best place for him to prepare himself and concentrate. At the moment, he makes me happy. I feel he's gonna do something during the season.

- After 2 years out, nobody believes it.
He believes in it and I do too, I swear. Guga still has the fire. And he needs it to bear all the pains of his body.

- More than 2 hours of massages were necessary for him to go on the court. Why?
Since his two operations of the hip, his buttock muscle is atrophied. There is not much we can do about it except working on it everyday.

-How is his tennis?
Very good. He serves better than before, with more "kick" (???) and his backhand is still the best. It's true that he is not as fast as before but he will compensate by playing more agressively and going to the net more often.

- Do you think he can compete with a top 10 player?
If his fitness allows him too, I have no doubt about it! The level hasn't really evovled since he stopped. Some guys he was beating easily are still high ranked. Today, the players respect each other too much and the hierarchy is always the same. That's a shame.

- Have you ever considered working with another pro on the tour?
For the moment, it's out of question. I can't work or even consider working with somenone else than Guga. I will consider it only after Roland Garros. What I can tell you is that Gasquet wanted to work with me in 2005. He asked me again some months ago but it was not possible. Anyway, I kind of like this kid...

Lee
02-11-2008, 12:09 AM
Thanks for the article and the translation, julie! :hatoff:

Eden
02-11-2008, 04:17 PM
Thanks for the translation and sharing this article with us :)

Eden
02-13-2008, 01:50 PM
Kuerten loses in last match in Brazil

Wednesday February 13, 2008 1

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) -- Gustavo Kuerten lost for the second time in as many days at the Brasil Open on Tuesday, playing his last match as a professional in his home country.

The three-time French Open champ lost 7-5, 6-1 to Argentina's Carlos Berlocq in a first-round match.

On Monday, Kuerten and countryman Andre Baran lost 6-3, 6-3 to Italy's Fabio Fognini and Filippo Volandri in doubles.

The 31-year-old Kuerten, who was ranked No. 1 in December 2000 but hasn't won a title since 2004, announced last month he will retire from professional tennis after the French Open, which starts May 26 in Paris.

"It's sad to see your career come to an end," said a teary-eyed Kuerten, who has struggled with a chronic hip injury. "I tried. I played a good first set, but afterward I just didn't have any strength left in me.

"I have lived many great moments and this is one of them. But I can no longer play. I'm sorry but I can't."

Source: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/tennis/02/13/bc.ten.brasilopen.ap/index.html?section=si_latest

Eden
02-14-2008, 08:54 AM
Brazil prez honors tennis' Kuerten

3-time French Open champ plans to retire this year
Wednesday February 13, 2008

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva congratulated three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten on his achievements on Wednesday and said it was a shame injuries were forcing his retirement.

Hobbled by a chronic hip injury, Kuerten has said he will quit after the French Open, which starts on May 25.

This week he lost his first-round singles and doubles at the Brasil Open, his last professional matches on home soil.

Kuerten is "the greatest idol (Brazilian) tennis has ever produced," on a par with former Wimbledon champion Maria Ester Bueno, Silva said in a statement.

Kuerten "encouraged millions of Brazilian youngsters to practice sports," Silva said. "It's a shame to see him say goodbye to competition."

He's "an extraordinary Brazilian that brought many glories to the country and that we all learned to admire."

The 31-year-old from Florianopolis began his pro career in 1995, and earned his greatest success on the red clay at Roland Garros, where he was champion in 1997, 2000 and 2001.

He reached No. 1 in 2000 and became the first South American in ATP rankings history to finish the year on top.

He won 20 singles titles, his last on home clay at Costa do Sauipe in 2004.

On Tuesday, he told the fans there his hip just wouldn't let him play up to his former level.

"I can no longer play," he said. "I'm sorry but I can't."

Source: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/tennis/02/13/brazil.president.kuerten.ap/index.html?section=si_latest

Tytta!.
02-14-2008, 10:39 AM
:tears: :tears: :tears: :tears: :tears:

Fee
02-21-2008, 10:21 PM
Guga accepts Miami Wildcard

http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=534798

Tytta!.
02-21-2008, 11:14 PM
:worship:

PennyThePenguin
02-22-2008, 11:26 AM
:woohoo:

Lee
02-24-2008, 04:03 AM
http://tennis.com/features/general/features.aspx?id=118922

Kuerten the game's colorful grinder




It’s quite a time to be a men’s tennis fan. You’ve got a classy No. 1, a ferocious No. 2, and a Djoker at No. 3. Add to that a strong supporting cast of characters such as a petulant Scot, a brash American, an Ali look-alike, and a mental midget from Russian. But there’s been one player sadly missing from this colorful mix, and he’s about to take his final curtain call.

That’s right, it’s curtains for Kuerten. This week, the 31-year-old from Brazil began his last season on tour in front of his home fans in Costa do Sauipe, getting off to an inauspicious start by losing his first-round matches in both singles and doubles. “It’s sad to see your career come to an end,” he said. “But I can no longer play. I’m sorry, but I can’t.”

Guga, as he’s been affectionately known almost since the time he turned pro in 1995, has been hampered by a chronic hip injury that required surgery in 2002 and 2004. Tennis’ long-forgotten but much beloved surfer is scheduled to play just six tournaments this year, a farewell tour culminating with the major that solidified his place in the record books, Roland Garros.

As the International Tennis Hall of Fame continues to induct one-Slam wonders (not naming names, but suffice to say the latest inductee, who gets his props in July, did not receive my vote), Kuerten is a legitimate all-timer. He won three French Open titles (1997, 2000, and 2001), along with 17 other singles titles, reached No. 1 in 2000, and pocketed over $14 million in prize money. As of the end of last year, he had a 358-191 singles record. While Kuerten failed to get past the quarterfinals of the other three Grand Slams, he proved his hard-court prowess by winning Masters Series titles in Indian Wells and Miami.

It’s a shame that Kuerten’s best years didn’t overlap those of the current crop of stars. Kuerten has a 2-1 record against Roger Federer – their last meeting, the 2004 French Open, Kuerten won in straight sets, and he also beat Federer in 2003 at Indian Wells. Guga never played Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic—and I hope he doesn’t during his last few events, which could get ugly. These farewell tours are always a bit of a farce, if not downright sad, as former greats struggle to beat the Mardy Fishes of the world (no disrespect).

I prefer to remember Kuerten at the peak of his powers. It was a pretty dark time in tennis, when Pete Sampras was on his way out, and guys like Lleyton Hewitt and David Nalbandian were competing for Wimbledon gold. The courts were fast, the rallies boring. Kuerten, his hairdo changing by the season, from military crew to crow’s nest, stood out as a beacon, a compelling figure with a stylish attacking game that demanded your attention.

Back then, Kuerten cultivated the vibe of a laid-back surfer dude. Hardly the look of a world-beater, he had a pencil-thin body. When he walked, his arms and legs swung jerkily back and forth, and his head rocked side to side. He was the embodiment of a bobblehead.

Which made what happened next such a surprise. With his long, roundhouse strokes, Kuerten unleashed powerful shots that belied his almost comedic appearance. Indeed, Kuerten’s relaxed demeanor was more image than reality. Larry Passos, his long-time coach who brought Guga to prominence, once said that while Kuerten brought his surfboard virtually everywhere he went, he rarely surfed. Unlike Brazilian soccer players, including Ronaldo, who are famous for their flair and infamous for their aversion to training and even running on the pitch during a game, Kuerten was a grinder.

Many fans will point to Kuerten’s run to the French Open title in 2001 as his crowning achievement. After defeating Alex Corretja, Kuerten showed his appreciation for his fans by drawing a heart in the clay. The moment perfectly captured Guga’s charisma—his winning smile and playful attitude. But it was another tournament that showed his mettle and sealed his fate as one of the best players of his generation.

In 2000, the year he won five titles, Kuerten qualified for the season-ending Tennis Master Cup in Lisbon. In front of rabidly supportive Portuguese fans, Kuerten, who almost pulled out early in the week with severe thigh spasms and back pain, played three amazing matches in the span of 48 hours. After beating Yevgeny Kafelnikov to advance to the semifinals, Kuerten out-aced No. 1 Pete Sampras, then recovered to defeat Andre Agassi in straight sets. No one had beaten Agassi and Sampras back-to-back in a decade (Stefan Edberg did it in 1990). The win, which came on a hard court, propelled Kuerten past Marat Safin to become the first South American to finish a year at No. 1.

For all that Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic have accomplished, each of them is still waiting for their gut-check moment where they are pushed to the brink with lots at stake. (Maybe Federer’s came against Nadal in the Wimbledon final last year, but I suspect we’ll see more from Federer as he chases Sampras’s record.)

So as Kuerten takes his final bow, all smiles and bobbling head, remember that this isn’t just some laid-back goofball. Lisbon proved that. It was the finest act in Kuerten’s stellar 13-year-long career.

http://tennis.com/uploadedImages/Editorial/General/2008_02_12_Kuerten_article.jpg

Tytta!.
02-24-2008, 11:20 AM
:tears: :tears: :tears: :tears: :tears:

Thanks Lee :smooch: :tears:

Eden
03-05-2008, 07:35 PM
Could someone please translate or give a short summary of this article? Thanks in advance :)

GUGA: “Aqui em Floripa vai ser ainda mais emotivo”

Gustavo Kuerten já avisou: “Aqui em Floripa vai ser ainda mais emotivo e cativante. Os laços familiares, as raízes e as pessoas bem próximas serão o diferencial de todos os outros campeonatos da turnê de despedida.”
O aviso foi dado nesta quarta-feira, no Resort Costão do Santinho, durante o lançamento do Aberto de Tênis de Santa Catarina, o último torneio oficial que Guga jogará no Brasil, antes de se despedir do circuito, em Roland Garros. O evento será realizado de 12 a 20 de abril nas quadras de saibro do Resort, integrando a categoria Challenger e distribuindo U$ 35 mil em prêmios.
“Vai ser um privilégio jogar em casa. Foi uma boa experiência que eu tive em Sauípe (há três semanas iniciou a sua turnê de despedida no Brasil Open, na Costa do Sauípe). É um presente que estou me concedendo para poder desfrutar da minha trajetória, para muitos amigos que me viram jogar desde pequenininho. Isso tem um significado bem diferencial para mim e também o reconhecimento das pessoas e da cidade. Assim como eu me identifiquei com Floripa, a cidade também ia comigo. Eu acabei levando a cultura e a maneira de ser daqui, pelo mundo afora. Vou poder retribuir tudo o que isso representou.”
Mesmo emotivo, Guga falou que não há motivos para preocupações com ele. “Senti que o pessoal ficou preocupado na Bahia, com toda aquela emoção. Para mim, essa experiência lá, esse choro, representou toda a felicidade que eu tive nas quadras, muito mais do que qualquer tristeza. Estou super tranquilo. Foi muito bom ter tido essa experiência de lá e aqui deve ser ainda mais emotivo e mais cativante.”
Antes de jogar o Aberto de Santa Catarina, Guga dispturá o Sony Ericsson Open, em Miami e já está se preparando para a disputa do único torneio que jogará em quadra rápida. “A minha rotina está sendo igual a de antes, com treino, fisioterapia, preparação física. Ainda estou com a cabeça nesse dia-a-dia, o que é bom, porque não fico pensando muito nessa coisa da despedida.”
Sobre resultados, Guga antecipou que não tem expectativas, mas que espera ganhar algumas rodadas em Santa Catarina. “Prefiro não ter essa expectative, porque todos os jogadores estão em ritmo de competição e jogando muito mais do que eu. O que eu tenho é mais conhecimento de jogo e experiência Consigo jogar num nível bom, mas é por um período curto. Tenho plena consciência de que vou tentar representar da melhor maneira possível, tentar fazer bons jogos, aproveitar o momento, quem sabe até venha uma surpresa e se fosse escolher, poderia ser aqui, porque em Roland Garros, com jogo de cinco sets, vai ser mais complicado.”

CALENDÁRIO Intencional da Turnê de Despedida
24/03 – Sony Ericsson Open / Miami (Masters Series – quadra rápida)

14/04 – Aberto de Tênis de Santa Catarina / Florianópolis – Resort

21/04 – Masters Series Monte Carlo (saibro) –

05/05 – Campionati BNL d’Italia (Masters Series – Roma - saibro) –
OU
12/05 – Masters Series Hamburgo (saibro) –

26/05 – Roland Garros (Grand Slam - Paris – saibro) –

http://guga.com/images/noticias/2223.gif

Source: http://guga.com/?show=NoticiasBR&idioma=BR&menu=7&submenu=1&item=noticias&idnot=4597

Tytta!.
03-05-2008, 07:55 PM
Let me do it now :D

Tytta!.
03-05-2008, 08:12 PM
Guga basically said when he plays in Florianópolis there's going to have much more emotion because his family is from there and also many close people and that's the difference of all the other tournaments he chose to play. He said it's an honour to play at home. Guga said people were worrying about him in Costa do Saiupe because all of the emotion going on, etc, but he explained all those tears showed all his happiness he's had on court, much more than any sadness. He feels calm and all the emotion will be back even stronger there. He sai d his preparation to the only harcourt tournament he's going to play (Miami) is the same and that his mind is still focused in all the matches and that makes it easier to not think about saying goodbye. About good results... He said he doesn't expect anything, but hopes to win some matches in Florianopolis. He also says he knows all the other guys have been playing a lot and he plays well only for a short period of time but he has the experience and he's gonna try his best. He said maybe there's a surprise and if he could choose, he'd rather it be at home because it'd be tough in RG with best of five matches.

Eden
03-05-2008, 08:17 PM
Thanks for the quick work :hatoff: :hug:

I read that Hamburg is listed in the tournaments. Is it confirmed that he will play there?

Tytta!.
03-05-2008, 08:20 PM
Oh, true. Hmmm, I don't know but I think so.

Eden
03-05-2008, 09:36 PM
It would be so great if he would play there as I would finally getting the chance then to see him :dance:

Tytta!.
03-05-2008, 10:16 PM
Awww, yayy. :D I got to watch him last year in Florianopolis and it was awesome. :)

Hope you have lots of fun :hug:

Lee
03-06-2008, 01:54 AM
Thanks Eden for the article and Re for the translation.

Tytta!.
03-06-2008, 01:26 PM
anytime :hug:

Eden
03-08-2008, 05:31 PM
Guga announces new tennis tournament, counts on his experience

2008-03-06

BRASILIA, March 5 (Xinhua) -- The latest tournament in the tennis world, the Santa Catarina challenger, was revealed on Wednesday by the host and creator, Gustavo Kuerten.
The tournament will be the third one on the list of the farewell tour of Guga. The competition will take place in the city where Kuerten was born, Florianopolis. The tournament will begin on April 14th and will be the last appearance of Guga as a professional tennis player on Brazilian soil.
"This tournament will be a privilege. It will be one last opportunity. I am giving myself this present. Being able to play in Florianopolis in front of all my friends and family will be great. The tournament will have a special meaning to me," said the former world No. 1.
The challenger, which is considered to be lower level competition by the Association of Tennis Professionals, the ATP, will be a great chance for Guga to win a game in his farewell tour. Although the athlete suffers from chronic pain in this quadricep, Guga hopes that his experience will help him to victory.
"Nowadays, it is difficult to expect a victory in a challenger like this. Your competitions are guys that are ranked between 150th and 200th worldwide. They are in much better shape than I and have much better coordination than I. I do, however, have years of experience and knowledge of the game that these guys don't have," explained Kuerten.
Guga began his farewell tour with the Brazil Open. However, he was eliminated in the first round and was in visible pain due to his quadricep. Before the competition in Florianopolis, Guga will play in the Masters Series in Miami towards the end of March.
After his last game as a pro in Brazil, the tennis player will head to the Masters Series of Monte Carlo, Rome and Hamburg. His last appearance in the ATP tennis world will be at the Roland Garros, which begins in the end of May.

Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-03/06/content_7726740.htm

Tytta!.
03-08-2008, 05:48 PM
Thank you :hug:

Eden
03-19-2008, 02:57 PM
Kuerten given wild card to play at Monte Carlo Masters
The Associated Press
March 19, 2008

PARIS: Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten was given a wild card to play at next month's Monte Carlo Masters.

The 31-year-old Brazilian is playing in his tennis farewell tour. In January, he announced that he will retire after the French Open, which starts May 26 at Roland Garros. He won there in 1997, 2000 and '01.

"His farewell tour in Europe starts in Monaco," Monte Carlo Masters tournament director Zeljko Franulovic said Wednesday.

Kuerten, who held the No. 1 ranking in December 2000, won the last of his 20 ATP Tour titles in 2004, before he had hip surgery.

"I'm really excited to play the Masters Series in Monte Carlo," Kuerten said via video link. "It's one of the most charming tournaments."

Monte Carlo is the first Masters series event of the season on clay. The weeklong tournament begins April 20.

Kuerten won there in 1999 and 2001.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/03/19/sports/EU-SPT-TEN-Monte-Carlo-Masters-Kuerten.php

Tytta!.
03-19-2008, 03:01 PM
:banana: Thanks, sweetie :smooch:

Lee
03-19-2008, 07:34 PM
:banana:

Wojtek
03-23-2008, 06:35 PM
Great news

Eden
03-26-2008, 04:40 PM
Kuerten' says farewell to Key Biscayne

By JASON LIESER

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

KEY BISCAYNE — When Gustavo Kuerten plotted his farewell tour for this season, the Sony Ericsson Open was an obvious tournament to include.

Kuerten, a Brazilian who was ranked as high as No. 1 in 2000, chose the event because of its prestige, but the manner in which he earned a berth in the main draw was not glamorous. He has suffered hip injuries since 2004, and may not have been in this week's field had he not been awarded a wild-card exemption.

"I'm not able to compete with the guys," Kuerten said Tuesday. "I went to Indian Wells last week and tried to get going a little bit, get myself in better shape. But still it's been really tough for me to play on this level, especially these kinds of tournaments. I probably can play around 60 or 70 percent of what I was playing before."

More than anything, this has been a season of memories for Kuerten and his brightest in South Florida came during the 2000 Miami Masters. Then 24 and in his prime, Kuerten surged to the championship match before falling to Pete Sampras.

"The year I played the final here was a big step in my career," Kuerten said. "So these kind of memories I have from this tournament, it's great tennis, great atmosphere, and this brings the best feelings when you are out there."

Kuerten plays France's Sebastien Grosjean in the third stadium court match Wednesday, with the winner advancing to face Radek Stepanek.

Source: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/content/sports/epaper/2008/03/26/web_sony_notes_0325.html

Tytta!.
03-26-2008, 04:53 PM
:awww: :tears: :awww: :tears: :awww: :tears: :awww: :tears: :awww: :tears:

whisper*
04-01-2008, 07:38 PM
http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2008news/miami_latinos.asp

Eden
04-02-2008, 06:51 PM
I know it's a few days late, but I thought to post Guga's interview after his match against Grosjean in Miami nevertheless:



SONY ERICSSON OPEN

March 26, 2008

Gustavo Kuerten

MIAMI, FLORIDA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Was it what you expected?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Yes. I think especially the second set, I was really happy the way I played. I was very nervous the beginning. You know, playing an opponent like him, he put me right in a tough situation, but I knew I was practicing well. I had some good feeling warmup. I knew I would play well. And the second set was great. I could enjoy a lot. I saw myself with many chances.
It's hard sometimes, because when you see yourself like that you must have something else, especially in the physical, and for me it's tough. So I had to take too much risk, and even one or two breakpoints I had to miss some shots that I was a little bit too tired already.
But I think the goal was done. I had some good feelings about my tennis game again. I hit some shots that I was doing it before, creating some angle on the courts, hitting the ball hard.
So this is always what I expect from these last matches. And today I think I really had a great day and much better than the last one I played.

Q. You've had some big moments here. You made it to the final and everything. This is presumably your last match here. What's it feel like?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Yeah, I think over the week I could enjoy a lot, not only during the match. And the first set I thought maybe would be too fast him and not to be able to enjoy so much. But then luckily I was wrong. Then I had some great feelings in the second.
So it's good. It's good coming out of here and playing some good tennis. I think I played much better than even last year when I was here. So this makes myself looking back see everything I got on this tournament as a result and as experience emotionally and everything around. I think this year especially I try to remember all of that and try to take these feelings with me for longer.

Q. The match with Sampras, would you say that's your highlight of memories of all your memories of this tournament? What do you remember about that day?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: I would say that year in the world, I had a great match against Andre, too, in the semifinal. And then playing Pete in the final, that was the first time I had that experience in my life. That day in the final I remember the atmosphere on the court was really amazing. Not only we played some great tennis, a match that lasted for three or four hours, but people getting involved and really being part of the match. So that's what I always enjoy on tennis.
For sure it was not only one of the greatest memories for me in this tournament, but in the world.

Q. How important is it for you to see another great player come out of Brazil? Do you plan to be involved in that?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: I think would be awesome. We hope to help more kids there and maybe Larri Passos getting -- going to find some new talents and help kids. He's working with four or five kids back there that I think they have some potential to be good players.
Every country, it always helps when you have someone between the best players, some idols, you know, an icon that the kids can be inspired. So I'm looking forward to see how can I help the Brazilian tennis in the world to try to be involved.
I think my life is very connected with tennis, so I will be around for sure to see how can I manage to really do something that is helpful. Hopefully we can take advantage of these last years and see if maybe in the future three or four years we have someone in the top 50. I think it would be awesome already for Brazil.

Q. What kind of discomfort are you in with your hip? Is it very, very painful? Are you worried that maybe later you're going to need surgery or something?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: It's very painful. But I think it's more once I get to the limit, like today, that I try to get myself on the physical test to do all that I need to. I don't believe for normal life I have to worry too much.
But to be able to play and perform like the guys, for me it's really difficult. It would be impossible. That's probably the main thing that makes me decide to stop.

Q. Before the serve you were actually adjusting your hip, or do you have to do something with your hip?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Yes, adjust a little bit. It keeps going away a little bit (smiling).

Q. Slipping?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Like it's sliding a little bit to the side, so I have to put it back. I need a hand there. If someone hold for me, that would be great (smiling).

Q. You're such an emotional player. Are you at all worried that when you get to Roland Garros it's going to be almost overwhelming for you with emotion?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Day by day I don't think too much about it. Maybe once in a while you start to thinking around. But I prefer to let it be and see how it will happen.
I had a great experience back in Brazil to play my last match on the ATP Tour there. It is very emotional. And probably the French will be the same way, or maybe even more because it will be my last match on the tour.
So I prefer to skip from these thoughts. Try to keep myself worried about my game, see if I can improve still a little bit here and there. I mean, how it's going to happen, just be natural and see what happens, and then I for sure will enjoy it. It's been -- this tournament and already in Brazil it's been a lot of fun.
I think it is a great decision that I did to play at least few more tournaments for myself and to be able to enjoy. For the people to watch me once more.

Q. Can you talk about the decision to play this one? Is it just because there are so many Brazilians here and you have so many memories here?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Yes, it's many things together. I think I've been playing this tournament for many years. I lost here in the quallies when I was really young. Saw myself in the final then. That year was probably the biggest step through in my career on this surface, once I played the final in this tournament. Always with the feeling and the crowd that are involved and the atmosphere in the city, too, it's really nice.
The weather, so that always made myself feel confident and playing well. So these are the reasons that I really wanted to be back and just remember. Of course, I could remember many good feelings that I had back in the past.

Q. Are you keeping the door open to the Olympics or is the French definitely it?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Yeah, the Olympics, I'm trying. But I think it's going to be hard to get a wild card there, so so far I'm still thinking that the French will be the last match.
But if I have a chance to be in the Olympics, I think it would be great for me. It would be the third Olympics, and that would be a great accomplishment for myself.

Q. What kind of work are you going to do to prepare for Hamburg, Monte-Carlo, and the French?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Keep going on the physiotherapy a lot. Work on the gym. Trying to get on the court as much as I can, too. But there's not that many hours, around one hour is the maximum I've been playing for every day.
Doing some special exercise. I was already at Indian Wells, trying to work out. See if I can get a little bit better. I know my limitation today doesn't help me too much. I thought this last month I really improved, but it's very little by little, and it's there so it's unbelievable.
But I think it's only three, four months more I'm going to keep on my mind to make it happen. And see, at least play this level of tennis, I think my goal would be accomplished.

Q. Are there any favorite Brazilian restaurants in Miami that you go?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Porcao.

End of FastScripts


Source: http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=24341

shotgun
04-10-2008, 02:52 AM
Guga was denied a WC in both Rome and Hamburg, so he decided to accept a WC for the Barcelona event.

http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/diaadia/ult138u35485.htm

So his last few tournaments will be:

- Florianopolis challenger
- Monte Carlo
- Barcelona
- Roland Garros

Eden
04-11-2008, 04:38 PM
Thanks for the info :)

Too bad that he won't play in Hamburg. That means I'm not be able to see him :sad:

Lee
04-11-2008, 05:15 PM
:awww: Doris. Any chance for you to go to Roland Garros?

Eden
04-11-2008, 06:07 PM
No, unfortunately not :sad:

Lee
04-11-2008, 06:34 PM
:hug:

brazuca5copas
04-18-2008, 11:43 PM
Guga has a new girlfriend !!!! Her name is Carol and she is a beach volley player. They was together in the media during a Julio Iglesias's concert in Florianópilos. In this article she said "We are together but is too early to say if is serious or not."

http://globoesporte.globo.com/ESP/Noticia/Tenis/0,,MUL415861-4434,00-GUGA+E+CAROL+FORMAM+NOVO+CASAL+DO+ESPORTE.html

Eden
04-19-2008, 08:29 PM
In his retirement, Guga looks for inspiration from Courier

April 19, 2008

Brazilian tennis great Gustavo Guga Kuerten will retire in June, said the Brazilian tennis great on Friday.

"The other day, (Jim) Courier called me and asked me. 'how is it knowing you going to retire,' he said that in the beginning," stated Guga, the former world No. 1 of the ATP for 43 weeks in 2001.

"It is good to have your freedom and not having to show up for practice," he added. "I am going to try to relax, meet up with friends and go to the lake. If I am able to find something that gives me the same satisfaction of being on the court, then I will be fine."

On Thursday night, the netman lost in his home town tournament of the Santa Catarina Challenger to his compatriot Franco Ferriero. It was his last game as a pro on Brazilian soil.

The player will end his farewell tournament in France at Roland Garros, where he won three times.

After Paris, Guga will need to find something to do to fill up his spare time. For this reason, he has been in contact with Courier, another former world No. 1, who retired from the sport in2000.

The 31 year-old Guga will be retiring after suffering from a chronic injury in his quadriceps. Despite the pains, he is toughing it out so that he can complete his farewell tour and give his thanks to all his fans worldwide. As of now, he is ruling out any possibility of playing in the veterans' tour.

"I don't plan on playing in the veterans' tournament, but you never know. It is still early to decide. When I am 45 and am still able to play, maybe I'll think about it, as long as I don't have to play against Pete Sampras," said Kuerten jokingly.

Next week, Guga will begin his tour in Europe as he enters the Masters Series of Monte Carlo.

After his loss in the Santa Catarina Challenger, Guga claims that it will take some time to soak up all the emotions that he lived on Thursday night.

"It may take weeks, months or even years for me to fully appreciate all these emotions," added the athlete.

Source: http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90779/90868/6395456.html

Eden
04-19-2008, 10:05 PM
Gustavo Kuerten Helped Launch the South American Renaissance

by Dan Martin

Gustavo Kuerten was recently recognized by the ATP’s Latinos in Miami. It is unfortunate that Guga’s career is ending in a protracted injury induced decline. One of my favorite memories in tennis was watching Guga practice and play live in the Indianapolis’ semifinals on what was to be championship Sunday due to poor weather. Guga was ranked #1 and had just dominated the field in Cincinnati. He was looking like one of the favorites headed into the U.S. Open. Guga was awesome on the practice court and cast off Goran Ivanisevic to reach the final. He looked solid headed into a rematch of his one-sided victory over Patrick Rafter in Cincinnati from the previous week.

All of the excitement of seeing a #1 player in the world exuding confidence and playing awesome tennis was dampened by an injury induced retirement as he trailed Rafter 2-4 in the first set. I figured Guga was simply being cautious and that the talented, powerful player I watched that day would be a major factor in men’s tennis for years to come. Instead Guga literally limped to a quarterfinal loss at the 2001 U.S. Open to Yevgeny Kafelnikov and never really regained the form that had propelled him to #1 in 2000. Guga has had his share of highlights since 2001 including a 2002 U.S. Open victory over Marat Safin, winning the 2002 Brazilian Open over Guillermo Coria and defeating Roger Federer in straight sets at the 2004 French Open en route to the quarterfinals. Consistency never did return to Guga’s game as chronic hip injuries undermined the tennis that had produced 3 French Open titles between 1997 and 2001.

Guga’s Role in the South American Renaissance

Guillermo Vilas of Argentina was a peer of Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg in every sense of the word. Vilas won the 1977 French and U.S. Open titles. He won a total of 16 titles in 1977 and likely should have finished the year ranked number 1. Vilas also won the Australian Open in 1978 and 1979. Vilas was runner-up at the Australian Open in 1977 and at the French Open in 1975, 1978 and 1982. Of course, Borg did not play the 1977 French Open, but Grand Slam titles on red clay, green clay and grass give Vilas a distinguished career that was also marked by great longevity.

Ecuador’s Andres Gomez won the 1990 French Open in impressive fashion. He defeated Thomas Muster in straight sets the semifinal round and Andre Agassi in four sets in the championship match. Gomez defeating Muster and Agassi back to back on clay while dropping only one set was no easy task. Such a victory was the crowning of a solid career for Gomez. As a contemporary of Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander, Andres was often frozen out of important tournament victories. Certainly, Argentina’s Jose Luis Clerc, Alberto Mancini, and Guillermo Perez-Roldan and Peru’s Jaime Yzaga made some marks, but Vilas and Gomez were the top performers from South America from 1970-1996.

Suddenly but not surprisingly, Chile’s Marcelo Rios became a factor in men’s tennis. Rios reached the 1997 Australian and U.S. Open quarterfinals and nearly beat Michael Chang in New York. Still, Guga’s surprise victory at the 1997 French Open was an even bigger splash for tennis in South America. Rios reached the Australian Open final, won 3 masters series/super 9 titles and held the #1 ranking for part of 1998, but it was Guga who won the first Grand Slam title for South America since Gomez in 1990. Kuerten became the first South American to win multiple Grand Slam titles since Vilas when he took home the 2000 French Open title. Guga’s indoor court victories over Sampras and Agassi in Lisbon meant he would finish 2000 as the number one player in the world. His 2001 French Open title placed Guga into a rare pantheon of clay court champions. Few can doubt that Guga and Rios, but especially Kuerten, helped pave the way for the success experienced by Fernando Gonzalez, David Nalbandian, Guillermo Coria, Gaston Gaudio, Nicolas Massu and others. Prior to Guga and Rios, South America was good for placing the odd player in the top 20, but now the continent boasts 13 of the top 100 players in the world.

Where Does Guga Rank Among the best South Americans Ever?

David Nalbandian may have the most variegated success of any South American player since Vilas. Nalbandian has reached the semifinals or further at all four Grand Slam events, broke Federer’s tournament final winning streak in winning the 2005 Masters Cup, posted dominant victories over Rafael Nadal and Federer at the indoor Masters Series events of 2007, and participated in some sort of music video. Gaston Gaudio may have achieved the most inspiring Grand Slam victory of any South American player in my lifetime. Fernando Gonzalez hits the biggest forehand of the South Americans and hit the zone hard during the 2007 Australian Open.

Still, none of these players have posted career numbers in Guga’s stratosphere. Ranking the top South American of all time is a two man race. On one side, Vilas won 4 majors and was able to win outside of clay with his two Australian Open titles. On the other side, Kuerten’s victories over Sampras and Agassi on an indoor court to win the 2000 Masters Cup give Guga a victory over the top players of his time in a big venue. Guga’s biggest wins generally involved beating great players. In 1997, Kuerten defeated 1995 champion Thomas Muster, 1996 champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov and 1993 and 1994 champion Sergi Bruguera en route to his first French Open title. Kafelnikov, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Alex Corretja were all beaten by Kuerten in his other two French Open title runs. Guga beat Patrick Rafter to win Cincinnati in 2001. Guga reached the finals of all four of the hard court Masters Series events in North America during his career. Vilas on the other hand beat two unknowns to win his Australian Open titles. His best win was obviously beating Jimmy Connors on green clay to win the U.S. Open in 1977, but Bjorn Borg’s absence at the 1977 French Open does not help Vilas’ case.

I do think Guga played against a deeper tour and owns more top notch victories in big events than Vilas. Still, Vilas launched tennis in South America, won 4 majors, and did so by winning on red clay, green clay and grass. It is not Vilas’ fault that Borg did not play the French Open in 1977. It is hard to rank anyone ahead of a man who launched tennis for an entire continent. Vilas’ muscular left-handed clay court tennis also provided a prototype for Thomas Muster and Rafael Nadal. As a pioneer, Vilas gets the nod as the greatest South American tennis player ever. Even with some questions of what might have been, Guga is at worst the second best South American player of all time. This is not a bad spot for a man whose career has sadly been cut short by injuries.

Source: http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2008-04-19/429.php

Lee
04-20-2008, 09:25 PM
Thanks for the articles, Doris. :hug:

Eden
04-22-2008, 08:16 PM
You are welcome Lee :)

Kuerten believes his long goodbye is the only way to go

Tue, 22 Apr 2008

Monte Carlo - Gustavo Kuerten makes no apologies for a long goodbye from tennis which will last through his exit at the French Open. Instead of just walking out on the game after two hip surgeries which keep him from re-attaining world-class form, the 31-year-old has been playing his way into retirement, which will culminate at Roland Garros in May, the venue where he achieved his greatest success with three titles.

"I think it's a private decision, you have to feel happy, comfortable, self-secure," said Kuerten after losing easily in his Monte Carlo Masters goodbye against Ivan Ljubicic.

"I don't think it's good (to say) 'Oh, I finish, I go home, I pack my bags, I go there, nobody knows any more if I keep playing or not.'

"I'm my mind I always had this clear. I will make sure that this is going to be the end. I would have the time for myself, for the people, and just being sure that this is nice for me.

"It's gonna be an important experience."
Kuerten has lost in all three ATP matches he's played this season, winning his last match in February, 2007, over Italian Filippo Volandri.

But far from being discouraged, the South American who always had a smile on his face, is just happy to be getting one more chance at the limelight.

And there is no looking back: "It's trying to enjoy more and also believe that you make always the right decision. You don't get right all the time but you have to make sure you think try to get it right.

"I'm very tired. Last three, four years I have been fighting all the time, and I knew I did my best. I tried to find a way to get myself to compete again.

"And right now I'm really sure I cannot get to the level that I would like to compete."

Kuerten called his last tour "a chance for me to play once more, to have these feelings, to be around the crowd who come here and watch me for a little while.

"They go to the court where I'm practising, they (are) getting close."

Kuerten said that once on court against Ljubicic, he realized why he's calling it quits. "I didn't have any chance or any good feelings out there in the court."

The Brazilian will play on a wild card next week in Barcelona before Roland Garros begins on May 25.

Source: http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/200519,kuerten-believes-his-long-goodbye-is-the-only-way-to.html

Eden
04-22-2008, 08:20 PM
I already posted this one a few days ago on GM but unfortunately it got lost there among all the other threads :sad:

It's an old article, but I'm sure you will like to read it :)


Slam-bang Guga

Peter Castles

Gustavo Kuerten, who every Brazilian is calling Guga these days, is tennis' latest upstart and Brazil's newest sports hero. He won the French Open title with a stunning straight-set victory over Spaniard Sergi Bruguera. With this achievement, Kuerten became the highest ranked Brazilian male ever to play the game.

On Sunday, June 8, virtually unknown Gustavo Kuerten—a 20-year-old Brazilian—stepped onto the hallowed clay surface of Roland Garros in Paris to battle veteran Sergi Bruguera for the French Open crown. Just one hour and fifty minutes later, Kuerten left the court triumphant, claiming his place in tennis history as the lowest-ranked Open champion and the first Brazilian man ever to win a Grand Slam event.
En route to the title, Kuerten—who had never advanced past a quarterfinal in any international tour event—defeated the last three French Open champions and won fans with his colorful personality and aggressive style of play. He took home a first-prize check of $695,448 and vaulted from No. 66 to No. 12 in the rankings, the first Brazilian to crack the Top 20 in the Open era.

Kuerten's dramatic emergence from relative obscurity, and the incredible odds he beat along the way (see side box), make one of the most compelling stories in sports this year. His 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 demolishing of Bruguera, a clay court specialist and two-time champion at Roland Garros, was the icing on the cake in a remarkable run during which the young Brazilian also victimized 1996 champ Thomas Muster (ranked No. 4 in the world) and 1995 titlist Yevgeny Kafelnikov (No. 6).

Kuerten was so overlooked at the Open that event organizers initially didn't bother to confront him about his unorthodox attire, which featured the bright blue and yellow of his country's flag—all the way down to the shoes and socks. When it later became clear that this glaring anomaly of a tennis player was not going to fall by the wayside as expected, officials pleaded with Kuerten's clothing sponsor to have him tone down his act. In a token gesture of compliance, the proud Brazilian doffed a white scarf on his head.

The international press dubbed him the "clay surfer," referring to his laid-back style and grace on the difficult playing surface of Roland Garros. Indeed, "Guga," as he goes by, appears a strange vision on the court. At 6'3" (1.91 meters) and with a scrawny, slight frame that is still developing, he is all arms and legs. He only seems to acquire harmony when in motion. With his long hair, unkempt beard, and brilliant apparel, he's likely to be mistaken for a dazed soccer player who wandered into the wrong stadium—a sharp contrast to the clean-cut norms and impeccable garb of professional tennis.

Despite his odd look, Guga's solid baseline game and bold shotmaking earned him praise from the experts during the tournament. American tennis great-turned-commentator John McEnroe said he believes Guga has the talent and personality to stay on top. Another former U.S. player joining McEnroe in the broadcast booth, Jimmy Arias, declared it had been some time since he saw a new player with such a consistent game.


The Foundations

The first time Guga went to Roland Garros, in 1992, he was just a wide-eyed, adolescent spectator. He didn't have tickets, but with his trainer's help he snuck into the stadium at dawn, hid under the bleachers until the paying public arrived, and then watched his idols fight it out on the legendary clay.

Five years later, Guga stayed in the same hotel and frequented the same establishments that he did on that first visit. While big-name players sought the luxury of Paris' finer accommodations and restaurants, he was content with a $70 room, his favorite pizza place, and a few games of pinball in the arcade.

Guga's refreshingly down-to-earth nature doesn't surprise those who know him. When he competes in the U.S., for example, he doesn't stay in the hotels that organizers book for him; rather, he prefers to stay with "Aunt Vickie," a British woman who put him up the first time he played there in a juvenile tourney.

A native of Florianópolis, a seaside town in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, Guga is the second of three sons in a middle class family descended from German immigrants. He always had what he calls a good life, though not without hardship. His father died 11 years ago from a heart attack while officiating a tennis match, and his younger brother is afflicted with brain paralysis.

Guga dedicated his victory at Roland Garros to his father. "When I lost him, I wasn't even nine years old," he said. "I didn't expect that I was going to be a tennis player. I really miss him a lot."

His mother is a social worker and his older brother a tennis instructor and computer science graduate who takes care of Guga's business affairs, as well as his internet home page.

Guga started playing tennis seriously as a 13-year-old and had already played the international circuit by the time he finished high school. Like most Brazilian boys, the sea, surfing, and soccer had been early passions. But one of his first tennis coaches told him he must make a choice between the dilapidated fields of second-division soccer in Brazil or the distinguished courts of international tennis.

Despite invitations from U.S. universities and German clubs, Guga preferred to stay close to home. He started his pro career in 1994, and like most lower-ranked players, he had to play in minor tournaments without big prize money to accumulate points to improve his ranking. By the time he reached Roland Garros, Guga had developed the ability to focus on small, immediate goals—a skill that served him well during his championship run in Paris.

The Finals

Bruguera had been here before, winning the French back-to-back in 1993 and 1994, but on this day he seemed powerless. Guga dictated the flow, moving his adversary from side-to-side, keeping him off the net, and stepping in to knock off winners.

Using a devastating forehand and a lot of heart, Guga played with a surprising ease and confidence that made Bruguera seem the less-experienced player. His pinpoint groundstrokes often hit the lines, and he allowed only four points on his serve through the third game of the second set. The feisty Brazilian simply refused to give Bruguera a chance to get into the match.

In the first set, Guga used a nice drop volley—one of many that kept his slower opponent scrambling—to break Bruguera's serve at 3-2, which was all he would need to win the set. During a memorable long rally in the second game of the second set, the gangly Brazilian showed impressive mobility, covering all angles of the court from baseline to net, and then celebrated the point with characteristic flair. After trading breaks, both players failed to take advantage of several more chances over the next few games. It was Guga who broke the drought in the final game, this time with a forehand blast just out of Bruguera's desperate reach.

With a two-set lead, Guga let up a bit early in the third set, fighting to save two break points on his serve. Both players held serve until the sixth game, when Guga took advantage of Bruguera's only double fault to set up a couple nicely placed drop shots that secured his winning break. Two games later the match was over when Guga broke Bruguera for the sixth time on the day, completing a remarkably efficient dismantling of one of the strongest clay-court players of this generation. The match time of 1 hour and 50 minutes was the fastest final at Roland Garros since 1980, when Mats Wilander beat Vitas Gerulaitis in 1:46.

A look at some numbers confirms the lopsidedness of the match. Guga had twice as many opportunities to break serve as Bruguera (18-9), and he won 82 percent of his first service points, as compared to a dismal 58 percent for Bruguera. Without a doubt, the Brazilian's powerful serve (at 206 km/h, Guga's serve is ranked among the top 20) was a crucial factor in the match, but perhaps just as significant were Bruguera's 40 unforced errors.

"I knew I needed to impose my game," said Guga. "If I followed his pace of high balls, I would be lost. I varied the serve and always tried to attack, making him run from side to side."

"I want to give all the credit to Kuerten. I think he played an outstanding match," said Bruguera. "What surprised me the most was his ability to maintain the same level during the entire match. I expected to take advantage of his lows, but he didn't give me a chance."

Despite his lead during the match, Guga never allowed himself to think he was going to win. "I only felt that I would win at 5-2 ; before that I couldn't believe it."

At times, he seemed oblivious to the significance of the occasion, grinning at the Brazilian fans' chants of "Gu-Ga! Gu-Ga!" (the chair umpire had to quiet the noisy partisans on more than one occasion).

"I never thought, 'Wow, this is the final of Roland Garros, I've got to win!'" he said, "I just played like it was practice. I was pretty relaxed."

After the match, Guga paid homage to two tennis icons who were on hand to present the awards, bowing in reverence to six-time French Open champion Bjorn Borg and embracing Guillermo Vilas, winner in 1977. "It was a great emotion for me to receive the trophy from these idols," said Guga. "It was a new thing for me to meet famous people and I liked it."

Asked how he felt about the Brazilian fans, who sang and played a samba in celebration of his victory, Guga replied, "Normally, the party's for soccer, so it's cool to see this for tennis." One event organizer said it was undoubtedly the most exciting victory celebration in the history of Roland Garros. Guga joined the revelry with a little champagne, but not without some trouble opening the bottle. "I never won a title," he said. "That's why I don't know how to open champagne!"

[I]The Future

Before Guga could savor the moment of his triumph, someone asked, "What changes now?" Guga replied, "It changes a little; I'll try to win as much as I can, but if I don't win the championship [every time], I won't be disappointed. I'll do exactly what I did here, thinking only about the game at hand, not about who I'll face next." Guga speaks in unequivocal terms about his next goal: "Now I want to be among the top 10 and stay there as long as possible."

When asked what he was going to do with his newfound riches, Guga revealed a humble and contented manner. "There's nothing I want or need right now," he said. "My life is perfect and was already perfect before the tournament. I have a good house and my mother's car [laughs], so for now I don't think about buying anything special."

Since winning at Roland Garros, Guga has struggled with his singles play, making an early exit from Wimbledon after losing in the first round to American Justin Gimelstob. But with little experience on fast-playing grass courts, his expectation at Wimbledon was merely to learn and gain experience.

Regardless of his performance in future tournaments, Guga gives a much-needed infusion of color to a sport dogged by the lack of charisma of its big champs. Perhaps more important, he brings recognition, respect, and promise to a new generation in Brazilian tennis.

Against All Odds

Let's consider the odds for a moment. Go ahead, put yourself in Gustavo Kuerten's shoes. You're only 20 years old, ranked No. 66 in the world, playing only the 49th match of your career, and you're trying to win your first-ever singles title on the international tour. You hail from a country where soccer is the undisputed king and only 400,000 people play the game of tennis (by comparison, nearly 20 million Americans practice the game). You're not trying to follow tradition, you're trying to create it, as Brazil never had a man ranked in the top 20 (Thomas Koch was the highest, peaking at the 24th spot in the 1970s).
Just three weeks before you arrived in Paris for Roland Garros, you were playing in a small-time satellite tournament in Curitiba, Brazil. Now, as the competition gets underway, you are just one of dozens of anonymous players that compete at the prestigious French Open each year [the French is one of the four most important tournaments in tennis collectively known as the "Grand Slam" events. The others are Wimbledon and the U.S. and Australian Opens]. And despite beating top players such as Andre Agassi and South African Wayne Ferreira earlier in the year, you still carry a losing record into Paris.

You're hoping you can survive some of the first rounds and make a good showing. You don't dare look back at history, because it doesn't offer much assurance: It has been 15 years since a player won a first career singles title in a Grand Slam event (but if it's any consolation, it last happened here at the French for Mats Wilander). In short, your prospects are daunting. Can you become:

* The lowest-ranked player ever to take home the vaunted Roland Garros trophy?

* The first Brazilian to win a Grand Slam event and enter the Top 20 in the Open era?

* The lowest-ranked male to win a Grand Slam singles title since Mark Edmondson, ranked 212th, captured the 1976 Australian Open?

* Only the third unseeded player ever to win the French Open title?

It's simply too staggering to contemplate. So you don't. But the incredible odds aren't the only thing standing in your way. You're also facing three past Open champions who want nothing more than to dispose of you as quickly as possible in their push for another title. But don't panic because you do have one small advantage. You know your opponents' games much better than they know yours. So if you remember that and stay focused on one game at a time, who knows? Anything's possible!

Source: http://www.brazzil.com/p26jul97.htm

Eden
04-22-2008, 08:56 PM
Guga's past-match interview from Monte Carlo:

Monday, April 21, 2008

I. LJUBICIC/G. Kuerten

6-1, 6-2

An interview with: GUSTAVO KUERTEN

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Is it not too much emotion in one year to play every time in a tournament and you have to say good bye, make a succession of good byes? It's not difficult for you?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: No, I think it's been enjoyable because I'm not only playing the match but being in the tournament before, it's nice to remember everything that, you know, happened in the past.
I also will stop. And for me it's going to be a nice part of my life that's coming. So I'm approaching this very well. I'm happy that I'm able to play at least a few more tournaments but also I'm happy that in French Open is gonna finish because I know my body's already tired of playing over these years, especially in these conditions.
So for me it's been hard to play. But these last tournaments, it's been very fun. I really enjoying every part of it, and hopefully keeps like this through the end.

Q. In the paper you explained the greatest moments were really important for you but also the suffering moments or difficult moments were maybe more important for you in your life. Can you explain that?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: No, because I always thought that as big as the challenge, the more as you learn, no? So for me, I was able to overcome every challenge that I face on tennis. Unlucky I had this injury that made myself, my limitations, very low compared with before. So I had to learn over the years to deal with that and also to appreciate it more, the things that happen to me.
I think life is always lessons. You always learning something more. For me I think I really learn a lot these last years and also was very grateful that I could, you know, maintain myself in the kind of condition I could play some kind of tournaments, maintain myself happy by even not being the way I would like but trying to see a good thing about this. And so I think was a great experience and probably will help me a lot for the future.

Q. Were you asking for a wildcard also in Rome? Did you get it?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: No. In Rome, no. Only in Barcelona next week and French Open.

Q. Rome, you didn't ask?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: No, we ask, but it was tough. They had many Italians, too, asking for. So for me also would be much tournaments, many tournaments, if I would play here through French Open. I wanted to play here, one more tournament, then the French Open. I tried playing either Rome and Hamburg, but was difficult. I preferred playing in Barcelona. That's already next week. Then I can take some time off till French Open.

Q. Speaking of Roland Garros, besides winning the three titles, what are some of your best memories of Roland Garros?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: I think I had many since the first time I got there. I was really excited. I was 15 and just come up there. We were able to get in. We even had tickets. Just got there. Saw Lendl playing against Jaime Oncins, a Brazilian. Was already a nice feeling for me because since we got there, Jaime start to turn the match around. Finally he won in five sets the next day.
And also the atmosphere there, for me it's always been special. Since that first day I got out there, my dream start to become more real. You start to feel yourself more able to be closer to what you want.
So I had three years that was unforgettable for me. But every single time I'm out there, and even the years I played not my best tennis, was very important because I think this tournament probably was the one more keep me going over the years to try my best.

Q. Did you ever have a bad memory of anything at Roland Garros? Anything bad ever happen?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Yes, I was ejected in the court the only time in my life in the doubles. I think was '98 or something like this (smiling).
But I think even like that was important that happen, for me to learn more. So even not one of the best memories, but was good for me to have idea and to get myself better control later.

Q. What was the problem? Was it a warning or something?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: We had a point discussion in the break. I was playing with Meligeni. Rafter was playing with Bjorkman. It was the quarterfinal in doubles. And then we had a big discussion, Meligeni and the umpire. They were there arguing, arguing. Then finally we lost that break and I throw my racquet. I was too far away, close to the fence. I throw my racquet to my chair, and the racquet went up and almost hit the umpire (smiling).
At the end the guy came, try to discuss, but I was already too tired. Said, No, no, no, I have to go. They eject me in the match. I lost my points and everything. At the end was a little bit unlucky. But, anyway, was good to learn.

Q. You were the last one to beat Roger Federer in Paris since Nadal. How did you make it? What do you think about the confrontation between Roger Federer and Nadal for three years? What is the evolution of the confrontation?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: No, I think to beat Federer, it's been really tough, especially last years. This year, him and either Nadal, they are losing a little bit more often. What I think it's more normal than before.
But it's tough to play him. I don't think there is a way or what you have to do. Just have to compete. Have to go out there. Somehow, if I think if you play three, four, five times, you going to have a shot in at least one or two times.
But these last three years, they been dominating a lot, especially Roger. And it's been a little bit unusual. So I think this year it's been more as I think it should be. And it's also a little bit more interesting for the game.

Q. How did you make it three years ago to beat Roger in three sets?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Yes, you know, I trying to compete with him. I think I played well. Since the first set, I was controlling the match and I had the lead. So I was able to put him in an uncomfortable position. I think that time was tough for me also 'cause I had a lot of problems still already in my leg, but I knew I had a chance if I did it in three or at least four sets.
So I believe a lot in the way I was playing, the tactics I was doing, and was working. So I was able to really play a solid game beginning to the end. At the end I really could control that match all the way through it. Probably was the last time I really played a great event.

Q. The match of today, for instance, is it somehow embarrassing for you because you think, Years ago I would have played much better, I could compete? Do you feel somehow you are disappointing the crowd that would like to see you competing at the same level of your opponent or not?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Not really. I think in one way for me, especially today, was tough 'cause I thought he was playing really well. I had a couple of matches before. I face other guys and I was able to compete a little bit. Not the same level, but to keep myself into the game a little bit more.
And with Ivan today, he seems to be hitting the ball really well. And from the beginning he already broke my serve and start to play more and more relax. But for me I already know I cannot ask for too much, you know. Over the last three years, I been facing this problem. Especially right now I know clearly that my body cannot get to the same level. So I just trying to get as best as I can.
Of course, if I could play longer and get couple of shots, opportunities to see myself a little bit more competitive, will be even nicer. But especially in a tournament like this or playing guys that are playing the level as him, it's gonna be really tough. So I'm not expecting for too much.
Maybe because of that, I don't get too frustrated. If it would be two or three years ago, I think it would be really difficult for me. And probably this was the reason, too, I had the decision to stop. Because if today I was looking or trying to find a way to come back and find myself in this situation, then would be tough.
But for me I know it's just to have the matter to be once more here, trying to get myself a few more times in the court, you know, take a little bit advantage of that, nothing more than that.

Q. Aren't you afraid in a way that in Paris you will have to play best of five?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: A little bit. But I've been getting a little bit better rhythm and physically over these last two months that I played quite often. Also I had to play at home last week so I just got here Saturday night. Was a little bit rush for me, tough. Especially for my body. But in the same way, I'm increasing a little bit more endurance. I think it will be tougher, but I don't think it will be big, big problem to the French.
Probably the toughest thing for me is to get myself in a better performance, running faster and doing things you need to do on the court. But being half an hour or one more hour out there... I just played last week for 2 hours, almost 2 hours, 15. I finishing quite okay. So I think it's going to be no problem.

Q. Do you think the demanding effort to play on clay, on hard court, on grass, makes that your body suffers and there are more and more injuries in tennis? You were the No. 1 who had to stop his career because of that.

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: I think sports in a row, it's been pushing the limits more and more. It's not as healthy as you play sport twice a week, maintain yourself in a good shape, sort of way you really force your body all the time.
But I don't think it really change too much if you go only one surface or if you get yourself only playing in clay. I think everybody have to watch out and work differently to get better prepare for different courts.
But at the end, it's your decision. You can play 12 tournaments, 15, 20. Nobody really has to play that much. But the circuit, it's been hard. I think it's very physical right now. People are having to work a lot to get themselves ready.
But at the end I think sports in a row, it's getting to a certain level that probably the guys are having more risk to get injured.

Q. Were you sad that this is the end or you're happy this is the way you're ending your career?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: No, now very happy (smiling).

Q. Do you think it would be better not to do these last three tournaments and lose badly and ruin your image?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: No, I think the image is what you do it in the court, what you feel about the game. Is not the way you go and you win one match or you lose. You have players that won Grand Slams and nobody knows any more, nobody talks. And a player who lost 20 matches in a row, and certainly they have so much passion for the game, everybody remember.
So I think it's a private decision. You have to feel happy, comfortable, self secure, too. So for me I'm very tired. Last three, four years I've been fighting all the time, and I knew I did my best. I tried to find a way to get myself to compete again. And right now I'm really sure I cannot get to the level that I would like to compete.
So I think it's always a chance for me to play once more, to have these feelings, to being around the crowd, to come here and watch me for a little while. Not only playing, but they go to the court where I'm practicing, you know, they getting close. I think it's their respect for the game, too.
I don't think it's fun or good, Oh, I finish, I go home, I pack my bags, I go there, nobody know any more if I keep playing or not. So I think in my mind I always had this clear. I will make sure, you know, this gonna be the end. I would have the time for myself, for the people, and just being sure that this is nice for me. It's gonna be an important experience.
And from that I think the rest, it's trying to enjoy more and also believe that you make always the right decision. You don't get right all the time but you have to make sure you think a lot to try to get it right. So I think so far it's been very enthusiastic for me. Even playing today that I didn't have any chance or any good feelings out there in the court.
In a row, I think it's important and will be very special for myself once I finish and I'm looking back, no, I did the things that I wanted.

Source: http://montecarlo.masters-series.com/2/en/players/interviews/stories/08_kuerten1.asp

Eden
05-07-2008, 03:02 PM
This Just In... Guga Joins News Anchor Desk

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/2008/kuerten_globo2.jpg

Gustavo Kuerten has played to big crowds before, but never to the 52 million Brazilians who tuned into TV Globo's newscast on Monday.

The three-time Roland Garros champion joined presenters William Bonner and Fatima Bernardes. Only three other celebrities in the 38-year history of the Jornal Nacional newscast on TV Globo have ever been invited to sit through the program: football identities Ronaldo and Parreira and President Lula da Silva.

Kuerten flew to Rio de Janeiro, where TV Globo is based, to do the 35-minute show. The presenters introduced Kuerten with a two-minute tribute reviewing his career and noted that he would play his final tournament at Roland Garros later this month. They also interviewed Kuerten for eight minutes.

“It is really an honor for me to be here," Kuerten said of the experience. “Maybe this is already a part of a new life beginning for me. All these months, with the farewell tour, I have been learning a lot. Some time ago it would have been almost impossible for me to catch a plane from Florianopolis, come here, spend the night, miss today and tomorrow’s practice session, but now I can afford to do that and I am enjoying it. It is really special. I know you have been trying to get me to come here for many years.”

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/2008/kuerten_newscast.jpg

About Roland Garros, Kuerten said: “I knew it wouldn’t last forever. It will be my last chance to be close to the crowd, in the tournament that means everything to me. I am looking forward to it, hoping to enjoy it a lot. Lots of friends are coming from Brazil and I want to see how it is going to be with the French crowd, who have always treated me so well, with so much love. This relationship that I have with the French crowd it is like winning a title for me, just because it is amazing the respect and how much they care about me in such a distant and different country from Brazil. It will be good to keep this memory.”

About being compared with Ayrton Senna and being an idol, he said: “For me it was a surprise, but then it makes me proud of being compared to Ayrton Senna. When I was a kid I used to wake up early to watch him and it is satisfying to meet people in the street and say they are gonna miss watching me on Sunday mornings; they thank me for making them happy.

“For me it was a good experience. I learnt how to be an idol. In the beginning I didn’t see myself as an idol, it was difficult to compare myself with Senna. But I grew, I learnt, understood how I could give happiness to the people, how important it was for everybody and I didn’t feel pressure, even when I wasn’t competing, just trying to recover. All my dedication to the sport, could be shown to everybody. They felt close to me.”

Kuerten also took time to praise the ATP's No. 1 and No. 2 players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: “I think Federer amazes me every day. He makes tennis look easy. I love watching Nadal too, because of his mental strength. He is a phenomenal player and has this mental power that is very very important.”

Before the newscast Kuerten was given a backstage look at how the newscast is put together. Bonner, who also is the editor of Jornal Nacional, even taught Guga some journalistic terms.

"He was very claim even without any training," said Kuerten's media manager Diana Gabanyi. "He just had to do some shaving."

Kuerten was given the honor of ending the program by saying the traditional 'Boa Noite' (Good Night) farewell to viewers. Jornal Nacional concluded with the image of Kuerten drawing a heart and laying inside it in Paris.

Source: http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2008news/KUERTEN_NEWSCAST.asp

Tytta!.
05-07-2008, 03:08 PM
That's the most famous newcast here. :yeah:

Too bad I didn't watch it. :tears:

Eden
05-07-2008, 03:28 PM
There's a clip from Globo on the side of the article, but unfortunately it doesn't open for me. Can you see the clip?

Tytta!.
05-07-2008, 03:34 PM
It does :awww:

Lee
05-07-2008, 04:17 PM
:inlove: :inlove:

Sizzling Safin
05-10-2008, 02:40 PM
This Just In... Guga Joins News Anchor Desk

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/2008/kuerten_globo2.jpg

Gustavo Kuerten has played to big crowds before, but never to the 52 million Brazilians who tuned into TV Globo's newscast on Monday.

The three-time Roland Garros champion joined presenters William Bonner and Fatima Bernardes. Only three other celebrities in the 38-year history of the Jornal Nacional newscast on TV Globo have ever been invited to sit through the program: football identities Ronaldo and Parreira and President Lula da Silva.

Kuerten flew to Rio de Janeiro, where TV Globo is based, to do the 35-minute show. The presenters introduced Kuerten with a two-minute tribute reviewing his career and noted that he would play his final tournament at Roland Garros later this month. They also interviewed Kuerten for eight minutes.

“It is really an honor for me to be here," Kuerten said of the experience. “Maybe this is already a part of a new life beginning for me. All these months, with the farewell tour, I have been learning a lot. Some time ago it would have been almost impossible for me to catch a plane from Florianopolis, come here, spend the night, miss today and tomorrow’s practice session, but now I can afford to do that and I am enjoying it. It is really special. I know you have been trying to get me to come here for many years.”

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/2008/kuerten_newscast.jpg

About Roland Garros, Kuerten said: “I knew it wouldn’t last forever. It will be my last chance to be close to the crowd, in the tournament that means everything to me. I am looking forward to it, hoping to enjoy it a lot. Lots of friends are coming from Brazil and I want to see how it is going to be with the French crowd, who have always treated me so well, with so much love. This relationship that I have with the French crowd it is like winning a title for me, just because it is amazing the respect and how much they care about me in such a distant and different country from Brazil. It will be good to keep this memory.”

About being compared with Ayrton Senna and being an idol, he said: “For me it was a surprise, but then it makes me proud of being compared to Ayrton Senna. When I was a kid I used to wake up early to watch him and it is satisfying to meet people in the street and say they are gonna miss watching me on Sunday mornings; they thank me for making them happy.

“For me it was a good experience. I learnt how to be an idol. In the beginning I didn’t see myself as an idol, it was difficult to compare myself with Senna. But I grew, I learnt, understood how I could give happiness to the people, how important it was for everybody and I didn’t feel pressure, even when I wasn’t competing, just trying to recover. All my dedication to the sport, could be shown to everybody. They felt close to me.”

Kuerten also took time to praise the ATP's No. 1 and No. 2 players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: “I think Federer amazes me every day. He makes tennis look easy. I love watching Nadal too, because of his mental strength. He is a phenomenal player and has this mental power that is very very important.”

Before the newscast Kuerten was given a backstage look at how the newscast is put together. Bonner, who also is the editor of Jornal Nacional, even taught Guga some journalistic terms.

"He was very claim even without any training," said Kuerten's media manager Diana Gabanyi. "He just had to do some shaving."

Kuerten was given the honor of ending the program by saying the traditional 'Boa Noite' (Good Night) farewell to viewers. Jornal Nacional concluded with the image of Kuerten drawing a heart and laying inside it in Paris.

Source: http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2008news/KUERTEN_NEWSCAST.asp


:hug: :hug:

10K Futures Qualifier
05-18-2008, 07:11 PM
good luck to guga at roland garros

Labamba
05-19-2008, 08:42 PM
RG website did a nice series of articles on Guga, check these out:

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2008-04-29/200804281209387103671.html
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2008-05-05/200805051209988284547.html
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2008-05-12/200805121210601816689.html
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2008-05-19/200805191211213248843.html

''Guga'' – the man with feet of clay

Before the 2008 French Open gets underway, we take a look back – in a four-part retrospective – at the final chapters of Gustavo Kuerten's illustrious career. From the lows of his hip operation to what will surely be the bitter-sweet highs of his 2008 farewell tour, we pay tribute to the Brazilian former champion who is about to tread the Paris clay – the scene of his crowning glory – for the last time.

I'll post the last part here:

Saga Guga IV

Monday, May 19, 2008
By Eric Frosio

December 2007 – May 2008: The final rally

When we arranged an interview as 2007 drew to a close, we expected to meet up with a depressed, out-of-sorts Gustavo Kuerten. After all, not only was the triple French Open winner hamstrung by injuries but he had also lost his handicapped younger brother, Guilherme. The 28-year-old, who had always been Guga's number one fan and was the one who encouraged him to found the Gustavo Kuerten Institute in 2000, passed away in November 2007 at the family home.

Time to face facts

At the same time, Kuerten was being forced to come to terms with another loss – that of his professional tennis career. His body had left him with no choice – despite two operations, his hip was still no better and the nerve in the buttock muscle would sometimes completely block his leg. It was time for Guga to face facts and call a painful end to his pain-filled career.

These were the circumstances in which we met the darling of the French Open crowds, in his native Florianopolis at a reception organised by his clothing sponsor on 3 January 2008. Despite having the problems of the world on his shoulders, Guga had not lost that broad, infectious smile which won over the Roland Garros crowd back in 1997. He had already decided when and how to call it a day but at the time he was refusing to make it official. Rather than talking about his farewell tour, Guga's business that night was to announce a new deal that he had signed with an Italian label.

"He is a hero like Zico and Senna"

With the sand around his feet at an open-air bar in the upmarket Jurerê end of town at home in "Floripa", Guga was his usual charming self, welcoming guests, cleverly telling the journalists that the end was not yet in sight, signing t-shirts and revelling in the same levels of popularity as when he was at the height of his career. "That's why we wanted to sign with Guga again," explained Enrico Mambelli, the head of the Italian brand. "The guy we are sponsoring is still a hero like Zico and Senna." Heroes need a costume, and Guga's is the famous blue and yellow t-shirt he wore when he won his first Roland Garros.

We caught up with Kuerten the following morning on the road to Camboriu, heading towards the academy run by his mentor Larri Passos. We trail Guga's vehicle into a ranch nestling in the hills in the state of Santa Catarina, where under a scorching sun, the patriarch Larri Passos is overseeing all 30 youngsters training out on the clay courts. This retreat is where Guga has come for his final challenge – getting back to a reasonably competitive level for his last hurrah. And it soon becomes plain to see that this will be no easy task.

Grin and bear it

No sooner is he out of the car than Guga climbs onto the massage table, but every time Daniel Périni, his physiotherapist, so much as bends his leg, the Brazilian's face creases up in pain. This is part of the daily two-hour torture session that has been part of Kuerten's life for two years to try to compensate for the tendon in the buttock muscle that has withered away due to two operations on his right hip.

What they are trying to do is warm the muscle up and get it to return to something approaching normality, but it is a lost cause. Many had already tried and failed – from the world's greatest surgeons to the most obscure faith-healers. Guga just has to grin and bear it, even though the pain is enough to bring tears to his eyes. "He's mentally very strong," says his physiotherapist with more than a hint of admiration in his voice. "I've already told him, 'You're crazy! Give it up! Hit the beach, enjoy the money you've made.' But Guga's a lion – he wants to roar again. That's how much he loves his tennis!" A love that knows no bounds, particularly when it comes to withstanding pain.

"Experience the emotions one last time"

"It's tough not to just give up," Guga admits. "But for me, even if it's really hard work, I don't see it as a sacrifice. It's a pleasure coming here. I feel good vibrations here surrounded by these hills and that gives me the energy I need to keep on believing."

What he "believes" is that he can make a go of it on his farewell tour which he confirmed on 15 January in Sao Paulo at a packed press conference. "I want to experience the emotions I felt at those tournaments that I love, one last time," he said in front of an emotional audience. The tour will take him from Costa do Sauipe to Miami, Florianopolis, Monte-Carlo… and then to Roland Garros, which will be the culmination of his incredible career.

"We want to see Guga happy"

Standing a little back from it all, Guga's elder brother Rafaël seems relieved at how things are finally coming to an end. "He's been trying everything for the past two years but his body's just said 'no more!' It's time to move on. I'm happy that he's reached this decision. It's time for him to write a new chapter. It's tough to retire but if you have other things to aim for, other victories to achieve, then you can do it…We just want to see Guga happy, relieved and smiling during this final tour…"

The first stage of the "Guga World Tour" in Costa do Sauipe near to Bahia sees a highly emotional Kuerten take to the court to the sound of "Emoçao" by the famous Brazilian singer Roberto Carlos. The centre court crowd are almost as teary-eyed as Guga, but despite a few first-set fireworks, the former world number one goes down in straight sets to Argentina's Carlos Berlocq (ATP No.74) 7-5 6-1. "I lost it physically in the second set, but I'm satisfied with the match overall," says an upbeat Kuerten. "Having the crowd cheer me on like that was fantastic – really moving."

For whom the bell tolls

A month later at Key Biscayne (where he reached the final in 2000), Guga takes on Sébastien Grosjean, ATP No.52 and a rival from his glory years. The result is almost a carbon copy of the one against Berlocq, with Kuerten alternating winners and unforced errors in a 6-1 7-5 defeat. Victory does finally come, however, alongside his friend from Ecuador Nicolas Lapentti. The pairing overcome Lopez and Verdasco on one of the side courts in front of an ecstatic Brazilian following. The following day, the ATP organises a red-carpet event at the Epic Hotel to celebrate Kuerten's career. Lapentti, Moya, Norman, Sà, Melo, Gaudio, Djokovic and Kournikova al come and raise a glass to mark the Brazilian legend's impending retirement, and while Guga has a smile on his face, he seems to realise that the bell is finally tolling on his career.

At the challenger tournament in his home town of Florianopolis, the real Guga comes to the fore, wowing the crowd and thoroughly enjoying himself out on court. Sporting a full beard in memory of his father who had passed away, Kuerten overcomes the little-known Colombian Salamanca 6-4 6-4 to the delight of his fans. In the second round, his emotions once again get the better of him. He finds himself 3-0 down to his compatriot Franco Ferreiro when he hears Larri Passos whispering to him: "Go for it! Go for your shots! Enjoy yourself for crying out loud!"

"I hope I'll have fun with the French fans!"

Guga does indeed decide to go for it and puts in the best performance of his farewell tour to date. Despite losing 7-5 7-6, he gets the fans out of their seats and doing a Mexican wave… Monte-Carlo turns out to be the other extreme, however. Bothered by a leg injury (as well as his usual hip and buttock problems), he barely troubles the scorers in a 6-1 6-2 loss at the hands of Ivan Ljubicic. He then pulls out of Barcelona and heads back to Florianopolis to prepare for the final fling, with his arrival in Paris planned for Tuesday 20 May 2008. "I reckon I'll be pretty emotional," Guga warns. "This is almost where I was born as a tennis player. This is where I had the most success and my greatest wins. I also have a special relationship with the French fans. I hope we're going to have some fun together!"

After that, he will go back to looking after the Gustavo Kuerten Institute which helps underprivileged children and also the handicapped like his brother Guilherme. He will also try to develop tennis in Brazil "to increase the number of licensed players and train future champions". He will also take some time off to rest his weary body, go surfing and play the guitar. He also intends to travel with his new girlfriend Carolina, who is a beach volleyball champion and whom he will no doubt bring with him to Paris, that quintessential city of romance where 11 years ago, the world of tennis fell in love with a long-haired young Brazilian with a magic touch…

Tytta!.
05-19-2008, 09:09 PM
:tears: Thanks Ville

Lee
05-19-2008, 11:02 PM
:sad: Thanks

Eden
05-21-2008, 10:37 AM
Thanks for posting Labamba :)

Guga :awww: :worship: :sad: :hug:

Sizzling Safin
05-21-2008, 05:17 PM
Thank you :crying2:

Eden
05-22-2008, 07:31 PM
Something from the good old days :)

Picasso thrills his Parisian gallery
by RONALD ATKIN
Independent, The (London), Jun 10, 2001

GREY IS not a shade acknowledged by tennis crowds in Paris. Martina Hingis? Boo. Gustavo Kuerten? Hooray. Lucky Guga to have the Roland Garros audience rooting for him. It will be a priceless accessory to take into this afternoon's French Open final against Alex Corretja in defence of the crown he lifted a year ago.
So popular is the 24-year-old Brazilian extrovert that he doesn't need to work at it. Wherever Guga plays he brings a smile to the game, but he put in a little extra spadework - just in case, perhaps - last Sunday by using his racket frame to inscribe a heart in the clay of centre court and kneeling inside it to offer thanks after surviving a fourth-round match point against the American qualifier Michael Russell. The gesture of an artist, without doubt, though this was not the reason Kuerten was dubbed Picasso by Yevgeny Kafelnikov, vanquished by Guga in the quarter- finals.
Kafelnikov was referring to the classical Kuerten backhand and its ability to draw fine lines at any angle and at will. Visibly chuffed by the compliment, Guga drew a few more lines as he swept aside Juan Carlos Ferrero in Friday's semi-finals. "I tried to believe what Yevgeny said, that I'm the Picasso of the court," he said. The French sports daily L'Equipe certainly thought he succeeded against Ferrero with a headline that read "La Palette de Kuerten".
Guga moved on in the art world in the wake of the Ferrero victory by joking of his strategy for the final: "Maybe I can get some Van Gogh influence to design my game even better." With respect, he hardly needs the help after the manner in which he has revved up since that escape against Russell. "I cannot wish to be playing better than this," he said. "Right now my game is close to perfection but I would not be in the final if Russell had made that extra point. Maybe he deserves a real Van Gogh from me as a present."
Corretja is more artisan than artist and the disparity in seeding - Kuerten top-seeded and the Spaniard 13th - would indicate a swift resolution to the pursuit of the pounds 450,000 first prize. But Corretja, too, has found form at the right time. Since dropping two sets to Mariano Zabaleta in the opening round he has seen off every opponent with the minimum of fuss, 20 sets won, two lost. Kuerten has dropped four of the 22 sets played in his six matches to date.
As befits a man who has already won three titles this year (Buenos Aires, Acapulco and Monte Carlo), Kuerten stands at No 1 in the year- round rankings. Should he win today, Guga will also supplant Andre Agassi at the head of the ATP Champions Race, based on results this season. Victory for Corretja would lift him from 10th to fifth in the Champions Race, but the history between the two men indicates that the 27-year-old from Barcelona will struggle since he has lost their last four contests. The three latest defeats were all at the Italian Open. "Always Rome," Corretja said. "This is Roland Garros so I hope it's going to be a different story."
As an unseeded champion here in 1997 and the winner last year when seeded fifth, Kuerten would become the first since Mats Wilander in 1988 to clock up a hat-trick of French Open victories. The last No 1 seed to capture the Coupe de Mousquetaires was Jim Courier in 1992. It is an impressive cv that Corretja will attempt to demolish, since his best showing here was as runner-up to his compatriot, Carlos Moya, in 1998. "That was my first Grand Slam final," Corretja recalled. "I was playing a friend so maybe I wasn't too focused. This time, against a Brazilian guy, it's different. I will be more concentrated."
Corretja is certainly peaking at the right time, having opted to take a couple of months off following the draining excitements of last December's Davis Cup final against Australia. He declined to travel to the Australian Open in January and it has paid off. "Having not dropped a set since my first match, it has been a great two weeks for me," he said. "I'm playing much better than even I imagined when I came here."
Ever the artist, Guga compares clay-court tennis to a chess match, though of late he has more closely resembled a boxer in putting away the opposition, to the delight of the crowds on centre court, his favourite theatre of operation. "It's always a pleasure to go out there," he smiled. "Even in the early round. That court can offer the greatest moments of your life, as well as the worst sometimes. It can be a temple, but it can be a hole, too.
"When I'm playing my best tennis, really feeling the ball well, I know I can beat anybody. Not even in my best dreams was I able to win here three times, to be able to compare myself with people like Borg and Lendl. You need to wake up on the day feeling perfect but this year I am better prepared physically. It was good to have my toughest match in the middle of the tournament. In the final I'll be ready to fight four or five sets." It may not get that far. As Corretja concedes, "Guga seems to have found himself again on court. He's playing pretty impressive." Impressive enough to get the Paris crowd cheering again.

Eden
05-22-2008, 07:34 PM
Kuerten and Norman are attractive opposites

by RONALD ATKIN
Independent, The (London), Jun 11, 2000

GIVEN THE absence of a home player, this afternoon's French Open men's final between Gustavo Kuerten and Magnus Norman is just about as enticing a clay-court contrast as Paris could desire: a gregarious, flamboyant South American against a Swede straight out of Bjorn Borg's ice mould; passion going head to head with commitment.
They remember Borg well in these parts. Six victories in eight years at Roland Garros, including a record four in a row. The fair- haired Norman, realistic as well as unassuming, is at pains to point out he is nowhere near that level yet, nor even that of the three- times champion Mats Wilander, the last Swede (in 1988) to win here. But there is nothing wrong at all in aiming towards those heights, which is Norman's plan.
In style, the 24-year-old from Filipstad more closely resembles the claymore of Wilander than the rapier of Stefan Edberg. On clay, however, claymores tend to have the cutting edge that counts, and Norman is assuredly in this category, having been described by the 1965 champion, Fred Stolle, thus: "Relentless, workmanlike, nothing flashy about him at all but he gets the job done."
Kuerten possesses no such lineage. He can cite Guillermo Vilas and Andres Gomez as champions of France who come from the same continent, but as a Brazilian the man they call Guga is a glorious one-off. When he won the French Open in 1997, unseeded and 20 years old, Kuerten favoured parakeet- coloured clothing - and shoes - of bright blue and yellow. Three years on, perhaps as a nod to maturity, the working gear is more muted, but it still fails to camouflage the plumage of his personality.
This time Kuerten has come to do the job as someone whose skills have earned him the fifth seeding, though he has struggled in his last two matches. He trailed Yevgeny Kafelnikov two sets to one in the quarter- final and on Friday evening, faced by the sort of thrusting new-comer of 20 that he himself was three years back, Guga rallied from 1-3 in the fourth set to win in five again, his socks stained red by the clay as if his very blood was draining into them.
Guga needed massage treatment to legs, thigh and back, but in the end he thrust aside the challenge of the marvellous Juan Carlos Ferrero in a three-hour, 38-minute marathon which took his on-court time here to 15 hours 29 minutes.
Norman has needed a shade in excess of 12 hours, so will go into battle indisputably the fresher, having dropped only one set en route. His confidence is also burnished bright by the finest spell of his career. Having matched the top two, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, by winning five titles last year, Magnus kept right on running in 2000. He won in Auckland in January and went on to reach the semi-finals at the Australian Open. Then came quarter-finals at Rotterdam and Indian Wells, a semi-final in Barcelona and victory at the Italian Open.
The success has been built on a work ethic which would have prompted applause from the ultimate grinder, Jim Courier, the champion here in 1991 and 1992. Courier used to play five sets, then go for a run and finish off with a brisk practice session. Norman likes to practise when he has finished playing, too. "To relax, for me, is the hardest thing to do," he said after Friday's semi-final demolition of Franco Squillari. He has been working hard at relaxing with his coach, Fredrik Rosengren. A tendency to start the season poorly has been eradicated, Norman claims, because instead of spending the brief close-season last December hard at practice for up to seven hours daily, he eased off. "I went to the bar, you know, had a beer. All of a sudden I'm down in Australia, playing the tennis of my life."
Rosengren traces Norman's improvement back to Wimbledon last year, when he lost to Greg Rusedski in the third round. "We have changed a few things, making him more aggressive and also working hard on improving his movement. That has taken six months."
Norman has sought relaxation in a friendship with Martina Hingis. They watch each other's matches and were spotted hand-in-hand on the Champs Elysees last week. Such news is manna to the ATP Tour, who have been urging their new star to be less bland. There is no such problem with Guga. Orchestrating his brightly-clad followers, Kuerten exudes personality. Confidence, too. "I am believing in my game," he said late on Friday night. "I'm going to be much stronger in the final." He means mentally as well as physically. "There was a lot of belief and power in my head in that semi-final. That's the way I'm playing all this tournament."
And much of the season, too. This year Kuerten has won two titles, Santiago and the German Open, and lost two finals, in Key Biscayne to Pete Sampras and Rome to Norman. Today's finalists have met five times, all within the past 12 months, with Kuerten leading 3-2. It should be just as close again today. "I'm sure we're going to have great tennis," said Guga. And, if his back and legs hold up, perhaps a Brazilian winner again.

Eden
05-24-2008, 07:58 PM
Why I Heart Roland Garros

by Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten

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Editor's Note: Former ATP World No. 1 and three-time French Open [Roland Garros] champion Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten will retire following this year's event in Paris. The popular Brazilian has played only 26 ATP-level matches since undergoing a second hip surgery in late 2004. Kuerten captured 20 singles titles and eight doubles titles during his 14-year pro career. He won his first career title in 1997 at Roland Garros, and won the Grand Slam again in 2000 and 2001. In this ESPN The Magazine exclusive, Kuerten reflects on Paris.

My love for Roland Garros started way before I won my first career pro title there in 1997. I was 16 years old when my coach, Larri Passos, took me to the tournament for the first time in 1992. He was coaching some other players and I was going to try to earn a spot into the junior draw. A couple of the other Brazilian juniors and I didn't get into the draw, and we didn't have credentials, so Larri tried hard to get us onto the grounds so we could at least watch some of it.

After much hard work, he finally found a way to get us in and we were going to get to see countryman Jaime Oncins. He was one of my idols at the time and playing at his best. Since we didn't have seats assigned or a credential that would guarantee us a seat, we arrived very early to the court, which I believe was Court 1. We were there around 9:30 a.m., and we watched everyone warm up and play before Oncins' match. He was scheduled to play the legendary Ivan Lendl, who had won the tournament three times before.

Oncins lost the first two sets, but then starts turning the match around when the rain comes. The match gets postponed so we have to arrange again to arrive early to try to get in the court to cheer for him the next day. So we're there early and Oncins ends up winning the match, 8-6 in the fifth set (they don't play tie-breaks in the fifth set at Roland Garros). I was full of energy, it was such an inspiration. Oncins goes on to the Round of 16 and we watch all his matches. Since that initial experience, I have felt such a special connection with Roland Garros.

Two years later, in 1994, I played the junior tournament and won the doubles with Nicolas Lapentti from Equador. I remember that we booked a court to practice and somebody by mistake put us to warm-up on the centre court. For half an hour, we hit and we didn't miss a shot and I told Nico: "I think it is this court, it has something special." It turned out that throughout my career I lost very few matches on that court.

From those junior days, my love and respect for Roland Garros, and all the love Larri also showed for the tournament, grew. Every year I planned my schedule for Roland Garros, to be in my best shape around that time of the season. Roland Garros is what kept motivated throughout my career. You can see that we as players always show respect because we take care of the courts when we are there. Sometimes we clean it ourselves, take care of the clay. My career is devoted to Roland Garros, so that's why I want to retire there.

So much has happened to me in Paris, so many matches turned around, there was definitely some superior force involved. My fondest memory on a tennis court happened at Roland Garros in 2001. It was a windy Sunday. I was playing American Michael Russell. I wasn't feeling comfortable on court, wasn't playing well and then came match point against me (he was leading 2 sets to 0). I saved it and the crowd got so much into the match that I managed to win the third set. I still get goose bumps just writing this from all the emotion that it brings me.

After I won that set, they started pushing me even more and I had such a connection with them that I knew that I wasn't going to lose the match any more. I was in a state that you could hardly ever feel after I won the match. I felt as if I were floating. I was so happy, with such energy, that I drew a heart on the court to show all my love to the crowd and to that court. It wasn't something I was thinking before the tournament or during the match, it just came naturally at that moment. I think I was very fortunate to have had that idea.

Then, to show once again how much I love Roland Garros, I drew the heart and lay on the clay when I won the tournament. I think it says it all.

Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?id=3406209

Lee
05-24-2008, 11:34 PM
Thanks for this wonderful article, Doris.

Guga! :awww: :tears:

Sizzling Safin
05-25-2008, 12:21 PM
From the RG website:

One on one with Gustavo Kuerten

Sunday, May 25, 2008
By Benjamin Adler

For the first in a series of daily interviews, we meet with Gustavo Kuerten and discovered some interesting facts about this star of the courts…

Favourite concert

U2’s “Elevation Tour” in Miami, in 2000.

Favourite CD

Bob Marley - Compilation.

Favourite website

www.waves.com.br, I check it out all the time, just to see if the waves are good, even if I’m not going surfing.

Favourite magazine or newspaper

Diario Catarinense, the daily newspaper in Santa Catarina, where I live in Brazil.

Favourite TV programme

Football matches. I support Avaï, who are in the second division, and follow their matches on “pay-per-view”.

Favourite film

The Shawshank Redemption.

Favourite sporting idol

Pelé

The stupidest thing you’ve ever done

Throwing my racquet here at Roland Garros in 1998 during a doubles match and getting kicked out of the tournament. :tape: :lol:

Best moment on the court

I have two. The most emotional match for me was my victory against Michael Russell here in 2001. I was elated – it was amazing. I’d never felt that way before. The best I’ve felt on a court would have to be at the Masters Cup in Lisbon in 2000.

First girlfriend

My first serious girlfriend was French. She was here with me in 1997.

Most memorable moment at Roland Garros

When I drew a heart on the court in 2001. The first one after the match against Russell, not the second one in the final. :hearts: :inlove:

The most under-estimated player on the tour

I’d have to say Tsonga. It’s not that he’s underestimated but I’d really like to see him in the top 5. With his personality, he could be really good for tennis.

Sizzling Safin
05-25-2008, 05:51 PM
Deuce Magazine's special Guga tribute - The Final Kuerten (2 pages)

http://www.atptennis.com/5/en/deuce/may2008/kuerten.asp

:worship:

Eden
06-03-2008, 07:18 PM
A very old article:


Wimbledon 1997:

Kuerten raises samba profile

Independent, The (London), Jun 22, 1997
by Ian Stafford

Gustavo Kuerten is tucking into a huge bowl of strawberries inside a marquee during the rain-sodden Club Med Cup at Roehampton. "The strawberries are good for my forehand," he explains, in between mouthfuls. "The cream's good for my backhands. And the sugar's good for my serves."
He keeps a straight face for a split-second, and then starts to giggle, which pretty much sums up the gleeful mood this young Brazilian from the mythical-sounding island of Florianapolis has been in ever since he stunned the whole tennis world by appearing, seemingly from nowhere, to win the French Open title.
For while the 20-year-old has been catapulted into world fame, and domestic hysteria, Kuerten has reacted to every new experience since Roland Garros like a child opening his presents on Christmas Day. "Do you know, the day after I won in Paris I went to meet the whole of the Brazilian soccer team, who were playing in the Tournoi," he told me, with obvious pride. "Ronaldo, Romario, I met them all. And they congratulated me." This, for someone who worshipped Zico, really was something. Yet Kuerten hopes that his rise to prominence might prove to be the watershed in Brazilian tennis. "Maybe we will see some kids with racquets on Copacabana beach now," he said. "There's no chance of it taking over from soccer, of course, but it might make some kids think. All you need in sport in Brazil is one idol, one man who can win. Nobody from Brazil's ever won a Grand Slam tournament before, so everyone thought tennis was for American kids. But it's happened to me, so it can happen to them too." Quite how it happened still remains a bit of mystery. Kuerten beat off the challenge from Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Thomas Muster and Sergi Bruguera, three former French Open winners, to take the title and receive the Coupe des Mousquetaires from Bjorn Borg. Did he ever wonder what was happening to him during this sensational run of victories? "At first, yes, but once I had beaten Muster I reckoned that I could beat anyone. I had nothing to lose, and I was really enjoying myself. Anyway, I have always dreamed of being a top ten player, and to become one you have to beat these guys." It wasn't always this way. As a teenager he was like any other sports- mad Brazilian. He loved his football, and also followed first Nelson Piquet, and then Ayrton Senna. At school he played every sport. "Basketball, volleyball, soccer and tennis were the main sports, and they taught me to use my hands and my eyes. A tennis coach asked me to practise with his team, I started to travel all over Brazil and they paid all my expenses. I made a lot of friends, saw my country and really enjoyed myself. It was only then that I started seriously thinking about tennis as a career." Five years later Kuerten was claiming his first Grand Slam title, indeed his first professional tennis title. It showed when he tried, unsuccessfully, to open the celebratory bottle of champagne, before needing assistance. "Now, at least, I know what to do with champagne," he said. A tournament in Bologna the following week, and then desperately needed practice on grass at Nottingham and Roehampton meant that he has been unable to return home to Florianapolis yet, something which he has mixed feelings about. "I love Florianapolis," he explained. "It's a beautiful place, and all the people are nice. It would have been a special party, but maybe a little too much for me. "People like Senna became like gods back home. I just hope I'll be ready for all the attention when I return. I think it will also be good for me, because I will have many people following me now in tennis and wanting me to win, as long as they don't expect me to win all the time." Despite his elevation into the seedings for Wimbledon, few expect the likeable Brazilian to venture too far at the All England Club, least of all the man himself. When asked if his parents were coming over to watch him, he replied, with a big grin: "No, they know I'll only be playing for a few matches." Judging by his display against Greg Rusedski last week in Nottingham, he may well have a point. But he also sees it as a valuable exercise. "Last year I qualified for the French Open and lost in the first round," he explained. "But I learnt a lot from it. This year I won the title. I will also learn a lot from playing on grass at Wimbledon. Maybe next year I will come back as a much better player. Some people may expect me to reach at least the semi-finals because of the French Open, but the players understand." Whether his grandmother will remains to be seen. Olga Schlosser came over to Paris and, according to Kuerten, all but replaced his coach with a torrent of advice and tips. This time she will struggle to do so. "She likes to stay at home, watch me on TV, and then phone up, but I haven't given her my telephone number this time," he said, still smiling. "I might phone her, but she's not phoning me." You may as well enjoy Kuerten whilst you can over the next few days. He may not be allowed to wear his favoured yellow shirt and blue shorts at the more traditional Wimbledon championships, but he is guaranteed to excite the crowds and enjoy himself, whatever the result may be. "It's important to excite and entertain," he agreed. "It is just the same with the Brazilian soccer team. Even when they won the World Cup in 1994 they were criticised because they kept on winning 1-0, and were too boring. It is much better to win 5-3. I just play my natural game, but if people enjoy it then I'm happy." He starts asking me about the Brazilian footballers based in England, and about this town he has heard of called Middlesbrough, when a kindly Californian interrupts to wish him well, and to congratulate him on his French Open title. A beaming Gustavo Kuerten shakes his head to himself, jabs his fork into the last remaining strawberry on his plate, and says, to nobody in particular: "My first title!" It may well be getting on for a month now since Paris, but his smile still makes the Cheshire Cat look like a manic depressive, and neither the rain nor a short-lived Wimbledon campaign will dent his joy.

Wojtek
06-09-2008, 09:25 AM
Guga was in Poland last week with his girlfriend. There're a lot articles about him and interviews. He will cheer for Poland and Euro 2008.

tifosa
06-09-2008, 09:22 PM
Guga was in Poland last week with his girlfriend. There're a lot articles about him and interviews. He will cheer for Poland and Euro 2008.

:):):)

Brazilian tennis legend enjoys SWATCH FIVB World Tour action

Stare Jablonki, Poland, June 7, 2008 - For the past seven days, Brazilian tennis legend Gustavo Kuerten has enjoyed the relaxing surroundings of a Polish resort while watching his girlfriend for the first time play on the international Beach Volleyball circuit at the US$350,000 GE Money Bank Mazury Open.

Kuerten, a three-time French Open champion and the only South American to end a year ranked No. 1 in the world, watched this week's SWATCH FIVB World Tour event with extreme interest as 20-year old Carolina Salgado, his girlfriend, competed with her sister (Maria Clara) in advancing to the women's semi-finals where the Brazilians captured the bronze medal.

"I really enjoyed this week here," said the 31-year-old Kuerten, who recently announced his retirement from tennis at the French Open due to a painful hip injury. "I have been at Carolina's matches in Brazil, but this is the first time I have watched her compete internationally. It was a great thrill, especially with her and her sister winning the bronze medal."

After winning four-straight matches to advance to the GE Money Bank Mazury Open semi-finals, Carolina and Maria Clara dropped their first match Saturday to Tyra Turner and Rachel Wacholder 21-19 and 21-16 in 46 minutes before bouncing back with a 21-19 and 22-20 bronze-medal win over Brazilian rivals Talita Antunes and Renata Ribeiro in another 46-minute match.

Known as "Guga," Kuerten saw similarities between Beach Volleyball and doubles in tennis. "There is a big difference due to the speed of the action with tennis, but the coordination between both players is very similar," said Kuerten, who won 20 singles and eight doubles titles during his career. "Both sports take a lot of athletic ability and a lot of training to compete at a very high level."

The "Beach Volleyball" atmosphere also caught Kuerten's attention. "The crowd was great today with a lot of music and entertainment," said Kuerten, who also won 34 Davis Cup matches for Brazil. "This has been a great week for Isabel and her family. And tonight, the Hotel Anders is also staging a Samba night."

The "Isabel" Kuerten mentioned is Carolina and Maria Clara's mother. Isabel's son Pedro was also competing in the GE Money Bank Mazury Open and advanced to Sunday's men's semi-finals with partner Harley Marques. Isabel won SWATCH FIVB World Tour medals in the 1990s with a title in 1994 in Miami Beach with Roseli Timm.

Kuerten plans on attending several other SWATCH FIVB World Tour stops along with spending time backpacking in Europe. "I am enjoying my time away from training," Kuerten added. "I plan on watching Carolina and her sister in Berlin and Paris. This has been a fun week and I am glad to be here to see the girls win a medal today."

Competing in their 47th SWATCH FIVB World Tour event, Carolina and Maria Clara have now won two bronze medals internationally. Their first was in 2005 at a South African event in Cape Town where they also defeated Talita and Renata for third place.

Source: http://www.fivb.org/en/Infomedia/PressReleaseDB.asp?No=16858&Language=0
There are some nice pics of them as well:
http://www.fivb.org/visasp/ShowImage.aspx?No=200639892
http://www.fivb.org/visasp/ShowImage.aspx?No=200639891
http://www.fivb.org/visasp/ShowImage.aspx?No=200639890
Enjoy!:cool:

Lee
06-10-2008, 01:20 AM
Thanks Wojtek and tifosa!

It seems Guga's gf is getting younger and younger :tape:

whisper*
07-11-2008, 12:44 AM
I think Isabel is married to Thomas Koch..the tennis instructor that is very popular in Brasil and GUGA's friend..

ANyway like Lee said...younger and younger..lol..

They have a video of them in RIO @ an eating place and poor Carolina flips off the camera people and just starts laughing..

They seem very happy but she says it is too early to know if its love or not..My gosh girl that is THE GUGA ;)


Great pics of them I found but you never know if you can post them on certain websites

whisper*
07-11-2008, 01:00 AM
Source: http://www.fivb.org/en/Infomedia/PressReleaseDB.asp?No=16858&Language=0
There are some nice pics of them as well:
http://www.fivb.org/visasp/ShowImage.aspx?No=200639892
http://www.fivb.org/visasp/ShowImage.aspx?No=200639891
http://www.fivb.org/visasp/ShowImage.aspx?No=200639890
Enjoy!:cool:[/QUOTE]


He looks adorable for 31 ;)..Thanks for the pics..:worship:

whisper*
07-11-2008, 02:27 AM
G;obo ....guga especial page

http://globoesporte.globo.com/ESP/Noticia/0,,EEI383-7170,00.html

whisper*
07-11-2008, 02:33 AM
I was reading some of the articles about guga and silly me I JUST noticed that they are now writing......

"EX-tennis player"........so sad *tear*

jitterbug
07-11-2008, 09:59 AM
Hey guys, I scanned this little Q&A from the Australian Tennis Magazine a couple of months back :wavey: sorry if it's already been posted!

Eden
08-28-2008, 08:03 PM
Thanks for the article, Jitterburg :)

Could someone maybe translate this one and give a little summary what this is about?


Guga e o cantor Daniel prestigiam entrega do 8º Prêmio IGK

27/08/2008

Florianópolis (SC) - Um noite digna de aplausos. Foi como o cantor Daniel sintetizou a cerimônia de entrega do Prêmio IGK (Instituto Guga Kuerten), realizada domingo passado, dia 25, em Florianópolis. Cerca de 800 convidados prestigiaram a sexta edição do evento, que premia profissionais da comunicação, educadores e pessoas físicas ou jurídicas que desenvolvem ações de inclusão social.

Como anfitrião da solenidade, Gustavo Kuerten afirmou que a viabilização do seu instituto é a realização de um sonho. "O trabalho social é muito gratificante, é emocionante acompanhar o crescimento do evento e do próprio IGK", declarou.

Além de premiar os vencedores, a cerimônia também apresentou atrações preparadas por músicos voluntários (Guilherme Botelho e Luís Meira) e ainda espetáculos apresentados por crianças, adolescentes e pessoas com deficiência que foram aplaudidas de pé. O grupo formado pelos "artistas" da APAE de Santo Amaro da Imperatriz, na Grande Florianópolis, atendeu o pedido de bis da platéia e apresentou uma série de coreografias embaladas pelas músicas dos Mamonas Assassinas.

É praxe do IGK escolher um tema para cada edição do evento. A reflexão proposta para o Prêmio 2008 foi a preservação do meio-ambiente. No discurso de agradecimento, Alice Kuerten, presidente do IGK, lembrou que esta também é uma missão do Instituto.

"Nós no IGK estamos imbuídos na preservação da vida, em todas as nossas ações", reiterando a necessidade do envolvimento de todos os segmentos da sociedade nesse processo. Ao final do discurso, Guga foi homenageado por seu ex-boleiro, Célio Borges, e por três ex-educandos do IGK que atualmente integram o time de profissionais da Guga Kuerten Participações: Adriana, Roni e Maycon, que atua como estagiário do Instituto.

Após as homenagens, Guga subiu ao palco para anunciar e agradecer a presença de Daniel no evento. O cantor veio a Florianópolis para participar como voluntário na solenidade de entrega do Prêmio. "Quero estar aqui sempre, é só me convidar", disse Daniel, que interpretou seus maiores sucessos no encerramento do evento.

http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/topspin/notas2008/familia_kuerten_int.jpg

Source: http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/ultnot/ult133u1532.htm

Thanks in advance :)

Tytta!.
08-28-2008, 09:00 PM
It basically says that around 800 guests were there to follow Guga's Institute's award that was held almost a week ago in Florianópolis... Guga said that to be able to be in charge of the Institute is like a dream coming true, that it's great to see the event getting bigger and so is the institute itself. Some people also performed during the ceremony, even some kids and a famous singer here. :p

Eden
08-28-2008, 09:17 PM
Thanks for the summary :) :hug:

Tytta!.
08-28-2008, 09:42 PM
Anytime :smooch:

Lee
08-28-2008, 09:46 PM
Thanks Doris and Re :kiss:

Eden
01-21-2009, 03:37 PM
GUGA INSPIRA TROFÉU E RECEBE CONDECORAÇÃO EM SANTA CATARINA

20/01/2009

http://www.guga.com/img/guga-inspiracao.jpg
Guga em companhia da mãe, D. Alice, do Governador de Santa Catarina, Luiz Henrique da Silveira, e autoridades exibe a Comenda do Gran Mérito Esportivo. Crédito: James Tavares

Gustavo Kuerten recebeu ontem à noite (19/01), em Florianópolis, a Comenda
do Gran Mérito Esportivo. Uma condecoração criada em 2007 pelo governo do
Estado de Santa Catarina para homenagear pessoas que tenham contribuído
para o engrandecimento do esporte estadual. A distinção de 2008 coincide
com o ano de despedida do tricampeão de Roland Garros das quadras como
tenista profissional. Guga foi o primeiro atleta a receber a Comenda que
até então só havia sido outorgada a políticos de destaque no Estado.

A condecoração foi realizada a quatro mãos. O governador Luiz Henrique da
Silveira convidou a mãe do tenista, Alice Kuerten, para colaborar na
homenagem à Guga. Antes de receber a comenda Guga foi protagonista, junto
com o governador, da entrega da primeira edição do Troféu Gustavo Kuerten
de Excelência no Esporto Olímpico, homenagem criada em Santa Catarina para
prestigiar os destaques esportivos em cinco modalidades: melhor atleta
(Marcos Vicente dos Santos - Marquinhos, do Avaí); atleta-revelação
(Bianca Mafra, campeã pan-anamericana de karatê); melhor entidade
esportiva (Fundação Municipal de Desportos de Blumenau); melhor técnico
(Paulo Silas, do Avaí) e melhor equipe (Avaí Futebol Clube).

"Esse Troféu vai motivar as pessoas da mesma forma que eu fazia dentro das
quadras. O esporte vai continuar evoluindo, cabe a mim essa função de
continuar contribuindo com o tênis e os outros esportes praticados pelos
catarinenses", declarou Gustavo Kuerten. Guga também garantiu que vai
prestigiar as próximas edições do evento. "Quero estar aqui todos os anos
e quem sabe, daqui a algum tempo, passar esse Troféu para um novo grande
ídolo", finalizou.

Source: http://www.guga.com/noticias/2009-01-20/guga-inspira-trofeu-e-recebe-condecoracao-em-santa-catarina

Seems that Guga received an award. Could someone maybe give us a little translation? :)

shotgun
01-27-2009, 12:06 AM
Doris, it's an award he received from Santa Catarina state, for his efforts of representing the state around the world. There's also a trophy with his name in five categories for athlete of the year, breakthrough of the year, best sports entity, best coach and best team, all in Santa Catarina. There will be ceremonies for this trophy every year from now on and Guga said he will make sure to attend.

In other news, Guga got accepted into university and he will study dramatic art. Imagine Guga as an actor. :lol:

Lee
01-27-2009, 02:02 AM
Thanks Renato

Eden
01-28-2009, 12:53 PM
Thanks for your translation :hug:

Here's a short article about Guga been accepted at college:

Kuerten going from the courts to college

January 26, 2009

SAO PAULO, Brazil: Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten is going to college.

Kuerten, a former top-ranked player who retired from the circuit last year, found out on Monday that he had won admission to attend a theater college in his hometown of Florianopolis in southern Brazil.

The Brazilian is scheduled to begin classes on Feb. 16, spokeswoman Clarissa Machado Santos said.

Kuerten is one of Brazil's biggest sporting idols, and when he took the admission test last year security was needed to prevent fans from bothering him.

The 32-year-old Kuerten gave up professional tennis last year because of a chronic hip injury that required surgery in 2002 and 2004.

He won 20 singles titles in his 15-year career, including at Roland Garros in 1997, 2000 and 2001.[/quote]

Source: http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/01/26/sports/TEN-Kuerten-College.php

Well, if he feels that's what he wants to do now he should do it. Hopefully he will enjoy his time :) As a tennisfan I have to say I would love to see him working as a coach though :awww:

safinafan
02-03-2009, 04:51 PM
Guga passa em 5º no vestibular de teatro e já está careca
27/01/2009 às 19h11

http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/imagens2009/guga/0127_cabeca_raspada_int.jpg

Guga já está de cabeça raspada
Florianópolis (SC) - Aposentado do tênis desde o ano passado, Gustavo Kuerten, tricampeão de Roland Garros, começa bem a nova etapa de sua vida fora das quadras, sendo aprovado em 5º lugar no vestibular para teatro da Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, com o total de 69.7875 pontos, conforme informou o UOL Vestibular. O resultado do vestibular da Udesc foi divulgado nesta segunda-feira. Guga ganhou uma das 40 vagas disponíveis para o período e vai estudar na parte da tarde.

A segunda fase, uma prova prática, foi aplicada no dia 10 de dezembro passado. Na primeira, Guga passou em 10º lugar na briga pela vaga no curso de teatro. No total nesta segunda fase, o catarinense ficou na 1.182ª posição.

Guga, como todo "bicho" que se preze, já teve a cabeça raspada, com a participação até de dona Alice, sua mãe, revela o Blog da redação do UOL Esporte. O ex-número 1 do mundo tem interesse nas áreas de roteiro, produção e direção e quer se entrosar logo com os novos colegas. "Sempre gostei de estudar", comentou satisfeito com seu desempenho no vestibular.

http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/ultnot/ult133u1840.htm

Eden
02-07-2009, 01:20 PM
Kuerten plans return to tennis in exhibition game

2009-02-07

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten announced on Friday his return to the tennis courts, though not by professional means, after retiring last year.

Guga will firstly play against Spaniard Sergi Bruguera, the player he beat to win his first Grand Slam in an exhibition game held in southern Brazilian city of Florianopolis on June 13.

The game will be a re-match of their 1997 battle in which Kuerten won 3-0.

The exact location has yet to be defined for the match, which will put an end to Guga Kuerten Week that will hold speeches, free clinics, physical education and environmental awareness.

A tennis tournament for infants and youths will also take place in the capital city of Santa Catarina.

Apart from the 1997 straight sets victory scoring 6-3, 6-4, 6-2,Guga faced Bruguera for two other times. In both games, Guga got the best of the Spanish player in 2000 in Bogota as well as in Mallorca in 1998.

The exhibition match will be Guga's first game since he retired last year after losing to French Paul-Henri Matheiu in the first round of the 2008 Roland Garros.

Guga claimed that he hopes to participate in many more exhibition games in the future, but that this match will be his only exhibition game of the year.

Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-02/07/content_10777467.htm

Eden
02-10-2009, 10:30 PM
Guga Shows his New Project to Develop Tennis in Brazil: Guga Kuerten Week

10/02/2009

http://www.guga.com/img/noticia/guga-semana.jpg

Gustavo Kuerten received authorities and journalist last Frinday (6th) , in Florianópolis, South Brazil, to show his new project in order to develop tennis in Brazil: the Guga Kuerten Week, an annual event that will happen on June 8th in the city that identifies the three times champion of Roland Garros, Florianópolis. The date of the scheduled activities coincides with the end of the Grand Slam in France, exactly one year after Guga announced his exit from the professional circuit and declared his intention in work towards the development of tennis in Brazil. The event begins with precisely this task.

"The Guga Kuerten Week is a laboratory with all segments involved in tennis, with the aim to facilitate the exchange of information" said Gustavo Kuerten summarizing the event which was designed from a series of assumptions.

The competitive nature of the Week is the highlight Guga Kuerten Cup Tennis Child and Youth with maximum score in the Brazilian ranking, as has the stamp of the Regional Tennis Federation (FCT) and Brazilian Tennis Confederation (CBT).

Guga Kuerten Week was planned to involve people who are not directly linked in the sport, for this reason it was planned with a lof of attractions. The differential of the event is the technical skills and diversity of activities designed to ensure the participation of the public. Some actions have been idealized for the purpose of making sure that all people can take part in the activities. The event will offer islands of Practice Tennis, Fair scholarships, Tennis Clinics, Lectures, Training courses for teachers of tennis, and social and environmental activities.

"The sport has a great symbolic value. I want that the love, the passion that I lived in tennis extrapolates during Guga Kuerten Week, because it was what I used felt when I was playing", said Guga Kuerten commenting his expectations that the week may add value to the participants. He also emphasized the example of social citizenship that events like this can provide, remembering his own trajectory. So one of the main guest is Larri Passos, one of the most respected coaches in the world for Gugas victories, as well as icons like Jaime Oncins Ribeiro and Nuno Cobra, who also confirmed that will take part in the event.

To close the event Guga will return to court, playing a new version from the historic 1997 game with Sergi Bruguera, the year of the first conquest of the Brazilian in France. The game which will bring together two tennis players in addition to five titles at Roland Garros, Guga three times champion, and Bruguera two times champion, will be held at a specially assembled for the event, with a capacity of five thousand people. "I have to ask Bruguera not train too much to confirm in Florianópolis the result of 97," joked Guga.

SUMMARY GUGA KUERTEN WEEK:

- Date: 08th to 13th June 2009
- City: Florianópolis (South Brazil)
- Local: Lagoa Iate Clube (LIC), Avenida Beira Mar Norte, Shopping Centers
- Registration for the Guga Kuerten Cup: www.cbt.esp.br
- Worth of registration for Guga Kuerten Cup: US$ 40,00
- Value of the entry-Game Showcase: US$ 10.00 adult and US$ 5.00 half-entry
- Promotion: Catarinense Tennis Federation and Brazilian Tennis Confederation
- Organization: Olé Promo

Source: http://www.guga.com/noticias/2009-02-10/guga-shows-his-new-project-to-develop-tennis-in-brazil-guga-kuerten-week

Lee
02-11-2009, 02:32 AM
Thanks for the article Doris and good job Guga :yeah:

Eden
03-27-2009, 11:27 PM
26/03/2009

GUGA PRACTICES TENNIS IN BANANA BOWL
LOOKING FORWARD GUGA KUERTEN WEEK

Gustavo Kuerten practices tennis on Tuesday, 17th, (March) with Larri Passos and the tennis player Tiago Fernandes, in the main court of Banana Bowl, the youth competition that takes place in Florianopolis, South Brazil. Besides visiting the event his back to court has a special meaning: play with Sergi Bruguera in Guga Kuerten Week that will happen in Florianopolis, between June 07th to 14th, an event created to kids and youth tennis players.

"The competition atmosphere is what I most miss since I quit the professional competitions. The sensation of coming back to court is very pleasant", said Guga revealing that he relived some of his childhood moments, the same situations that made him design Guga Kuerten Week, that will support the Guga Kuerten Cup, clinics, speeches, islands of play+stay throughout the city and the exhibition between Guga and Bruguera. "Tennis is living a reborn in Brazil, we had a great moment in 97 and nowadays the sport is developing. It´s wonderful to be here in this competition, in my opinion we have a mutual learning, a very good exchange", told him remembering that he won Banana Bowl when he was 16 years old. Today Guga is worried about his own physical condition to keep on playing tennis in some events. "First I´m gonna face Bruguera, then, who knows next year, I challenge McEnroe?", jokes him answering McEnroe teaser, that told he would like to face the tri-times champion of Roland Garros.

Guga also told that he would like to play with other idols of tennis, tennis players that he always admires as Borg, Becker e Lendl. "They are leged, I´d like to face all these people, as I intend to play until I reach 70 years old", declared him. About the tennis experience, Gustavo Kuerten comments the visit of Emilio Sanchez in his office telling that he is able to help the new tennis coordinator of CBT in projects target to the development of Brazilian tennis. "He has got a lot of experience, Sanchez has involved with Spanish method and comes eager to make our professionals more efficient based on what they do in Spain, recognized as the great reference in tennis nowadays", finished Guga.

Source: http://www.guga.com/noticias/2009-03-26/guga-practices-tennis-in-banana-bowl-looking-forward-guga-kuerten-week

Eden
08-22-2009, 01:55 PM
You can follow Guga on twitter (only if you are able to read Portuguese though ;) )

http://twitter.com/gugakuerten

Jessyka
09-29-2009, 04:34 PM
Guga and Agassi met this weekend.

Here's the article in portuguese:
http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/ultnot/ult133u2376.htm

Eden
09-30-2009, 05:24 PM
GUGA AND AGASSI TOGETHER IN ORDER TO INCREASE THEIR SOCIAL PROJECTS


http://www.guga.com/img/noticia/guga-projetos.jpg
Guga and Agassi after the meeting in Las Vegas.

A meeting between Gustavo Kuerten and Andre Agassi, last weekend in Las Vegas, allowed the exchange of experiences between two Grand Slam champions, both were already the number one of ATP ranking. The meeting subject involved tennis, sport that identifies themselves, but in a different concept. In fact Guga and Agassi talked about their social institutes, placed respectively in Florianopolis (South Brazil) and Las Vegas, organizations that were created as a consequence of their careers as tennis players.

Guga went to Las Vegas with the purpose to know how Agassi Foundation, raised in 1994, works in order to offer educational opportunities to youth people at-risk. Seven years later the winner of eight Grand Slam opened the Andre Agassi Preparatory Academy (Agassi Prep) that attends 630 children and teenagers from kindergarten to high school. Last June Agassi Prep celebrated the graduation of 34 students that by this time are studying in American colleges.

The work developed by Guga Kuerten Institute (IGK) also was on focus. Guga explained Agassi how IGK benefits students from public schools and disabled people in Santa Catarina, state in South Brazil were Gustavo Kuerten was born. Founded in 2000, IGK works with a special target: reduce the social differences by promoting social inclusion, working with sports as a strategic to make children and teenagers assistance by IGK to reach this goal.

Besides the meeting Gustavo Kuerten also took part in the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation´s Grand Slam, last Saturday night. The event that happens every year raises funds for the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education.

Gustavo Kuerten and Luciano Faustino, marketing director of Guga Kuerten enterprise, in the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation´s Grand Slam for Children Benefit Concert.

Source: http://www.guga.com/noticias/2009-09-28/guga-and-agassi-together-in-order-to-increase-their-social-projects

Zirconek
12-04-2009, 09:32 PM
Kuerten to be honoured by Brazilian president

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2009/12/Kuerten-To-Receive-Award.aspx

Lee
12-06-2009, 03:22 AM
Kuerten to be honoured by Brazilian president

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2009/12/Kuerten-To-Receive-Award.aspx

Thanks Edu!

:yeah: Guga!

Eden
12-09-2009, 03:06 PM
GUGA KUERTEN WEEK: AWARD AS THE BEST YOUTH-TENNIS TOURNAMENT IN BRAZIL

Brazilian Tennis Confederation has chosen the event that empowered play+stay in the city Guga was born

Kids playing tennis all over the city Guga was born, Florianópolis, practicing in courts made especially for this purpose in malls and in the most popular spots of the city, following ITF recommendation. It happened in June during Guga Kuerten Week that has won today (12/07) the prize as the best youth-tennis tournament by the Brazilian Tennis Confederation.

The event, sponsored by Banco do Brazil, began in the same day as the Roland Garros final. So the three-times champion in France could watch the game with the kids and Larri Passos, his ex-coach. He also was able to remember his first conquest in Grand Slam. Guga had invited Sergi Bruguera to play a exhibition with him that took place in a clay court constructed for this matter in a place dedicated to Carnival Shows (Passarela do Samba). Five thousand people had watched Guga winning once more Bruguera. The game was showed too in Brazilian TVs for all the country.

Guga Kuerten Cup has brought to Florianópolis 376 youth tennis players from 23 Brazilian States. The champions received wild card to play Futures in Brazil, tennis camp in Harvard and Stanford, and scholarship to graduate programs in American universities. The conquest will happen next year in August, from 22th to 29th, just a week before US Open.

The former ex-number one was represented in São Paulo by his manager, Luciano Faustino, he could not receive the prize because he had another appointment. Guga was the host of a Government event this night in Florianópolis, he helped Luiz Henrique da Silveira, Governor of Santa Catarina, to give the Gustavo Kuerten Award of Excellence in Olympics Sports to local athletes and associations.

Source: http://www.guga.com/noticias/2009-12-08/guga-kuerten-week-award-as-the-best-youth-tennis-tournament-in-brazil

Eden
04-04-2010, 08:07 PM
Champions For Chile A Rousing Success

Miami, USA
03.04.2010

http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/~/media/D978254398A9488E98EFB90EC6C377D6.ashx

Champions For Chile raised $125,000 for Chilean earrthquake relief efforts.

Fernando Gonzalez, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, and Gustavo Kuerten came together on the purple courts of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami for a fun-filled night of tennis, but with a serious focus. As the doubles match concluded, the ‘Champions for Chile’ event had raised funds in excess of $125,000 for disaster relief in Chile, with donations still being accepted.

On February 27 a magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck the Maule Region of Chile with the epicenter roughly 200 miles southwest of Santiago. The devastation was enormous causing an estimated $30 billion in damage, killing more than 400 and leaving about 800,000 homeless.

A native of Santiago, Gonzalez skipped the BNP Paribas earlier this month to return home, view the damage, and lend support. On his experience in his homeland, Gonzalez reflected, “The people are scared. They have no faith. Some people lost family. Most of the people lost houses, jobs, everything. They have nothing.”

During the match, the tennis pros traded volleys and jokes while entertaining the crowd. Tennis great Mary Joe Fernandez was on hand serving as chair umpire, and Spanish television icon Don Francisco participated in the coin toss ceremony before the match.

When Roddick heard of his friend’s efforts and that he was thinking of doing a fundraising event in Miami, the idea was born. The two reached out to their friends Jim Courier and Gustavo Kuerten, who were happy to come to Miami to support their friends’ cause.

Courier commented, “Tennis is one big family, and we're good about supporting each other. Initiatives like this in a time of crisis, we're lucky we have a platform to raise money and raise awareness.”

Kuerten added, “The cause was the most important thing. It motivated me to come out here. I love being involved in causes like this, so for me, it was a great opportunity.”

At the conclusion of the event, the players, Fernandez, Francisco, and Sony Ericsson Open Tournament Director Adam Barrett presented a check to Benito Baranda, the Social Director of Hogar de Christo, the charity benefiting from the event.

A special thanks is extended to the ATP World Tour, SAP, Sony Ericsson, LAN, ITAU, the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, and Citi for their generous donation of time and resources to make this such a sensational event.

Source: http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/News/Tennis/2010/Tournament-Week-2/Miami-Champions-For-Chile.aspx

Eden
08-09-2010, 04:43 PM
It's so sad that Guga's homepage isn't available in English anymore :awww: Unfortunately I don't speak any Portuguese and therefore don't understand what's written on there :sad:

He has so many fans all around the world that it would be really great if the site would offer news in English as well again :)

Eden
03-08-2012, 04:34 PM
Kuerten To Be Inducted To The International Tennis Hall Of Fame

Newport, U.S.A.

08.03.2012

http://www.atpworldtour.com/~/media/F1884165B23942E782A8E097F7944946.ashx
Gustavo Kuerten won three Roland Garros titles.

One of Brazil’s most beloved and successful athletes, Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten, has been elected to receive the highest honor in the sport of tennis– induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Kuerten was the world’s No. 1 player for 43 non-consecutive weeks, and he is a three-time major tournament champion, having captured French Open titles in 1997, 2000, and 2001. Kuerten’s induction was announced today in a special presentation in São Paulo at the offices of Banco do Brasil, a long-time sponsor of the tennis champion. The 2012 Induction Ceremony will be held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 14, 2012 in Newport, Rhode Island in the United States.

"During my career in tennis I was fortunate to have many victories, but the Hall of Fame induction is amazing, a special one," declared Kuerten. "I was inspired by lots of great tennis players, like Maria Esther Bueno, who is here celebrating with me today, and Thomas Koch, two of the biggest Brazilian tennis players. Also I greatly admire Borg, McEnroe, Sampras, and Agassi."

"Probably one of my greatest accomplishments was being able to get Brazilians excited about tennis, and to elevate the attention for Brazil as a tennis nation."

Kuerten, 35, has been elected in the Recent Player Category. Additional members of the Class of 2012, who were previously announced, include Spanish tennis great Manuel Orantes, in the Master Player Category; tennis administrator and promoter Mike Davies in the Contributor Category; and Randy Snow, who has been elected posthumously in the Recent Player Category for his accomplishments as a wheelchair tennis player. The remainder of the Class of 2012 will be announced in the month ahead.

"King of the clay courts, Guga was one of the most popular players of his era, and he achieved tremendous success during a time when some of the greatest players in history were active, including Hall of Famers Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, and Michael Chang," said Christopher Clouser, chairman of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. "On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Enshrinee Nominating Committee of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, I extend sincere congratulations to Guga on this well-deserved honor. We look forward to celebrating with him and all of the Class of 2012 inductees in July."

With Kuerten’s 1997 win at Roland Garros, he became the first Brazilian to win a major singles title since Hall of Famer Maria Bueno’s 1966 U.S. Nationals victory. En route to the win he overcame three past champions of the event, and became the second-lowest ranked Grand Slam champion at the time (No. 66). In addition to his French Open titles, he reached the quarterfinals at the French Open in 1999 and 2004, and was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon in 1999, at the US Open in 1999 and 2001, and at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

In 2000, Kuerten became the first South American to finish No. 1 in the history of the ATP World Tour rankings (since they began in 1973). The No. 1 year-end position came down to the final match of season for the first time in men's tennis history, which Kuerten won with a 6-4 6-4 6-4 victory over Andre Agassi, breaking an eight-year reign of No. 1 finishes by Americans.

In the year 2000, inspired by his late brother, Guilherme, who had cerebral palsy, Kuerten opened the Institute Guga Kuerten to help disabled people. The institute is located in Kuerten’s hometown of Florianopolis, Brazil, and since its inception, it has assisted more than 40,000 people in over 168 Brazilian cities. While he was playing, Kuerten presented every one of his tournament trophies, including the French Open trophies, to Guilherme. Kuerten was awarded the ATP World Tour’s Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award in 2003, and in 2010, he was honored with the Philippe Chatrier Award by the International Tennis Federation. Currently, he works in order to win a new challenge: to support the social activities developed by Institute Guga Kuerten.

Located in Newport, Rhode Island, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of tennis and honoring its greatest champions and contributors. Induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame is based on the sum of one’s achievements and accomplishments in tennis, and is the highest honor a player or leader in the sport can receive. Since 1955, the International Tennis Hall of Fame has inducted 220 people from 19 countries. Kuerten is the second Brazilian to be inducted, joining 1978 Hall of Famer Maria Bueno. The other South Americans who have received the honor are Gabriela Sabatini and Guillermo Vilas of Argentina, Pancho Segura of Ecuador, and Alex Olmedo of Peru.

Eligibility & Voting
Inductees to the International Tennis Hall of Fame are elected in the categories of Recent Player, Master Player and Contributor.

Kuerten has been elected to the Hall of Fame in the Recent Player Category. Eligibility criteria for this category is as follows: active as competitors in the sport within the last 20 years prior to consideration; not a significant factor on the ATP or WTA Tour within five years prior to induction; a distinguished record of competitive achievement at the highest international level, with consideration given to integrity, sportsmanship, and character.

A panel of International Tennis Media vote on the Recent Player Category. A 75% favorable vote is required for induction.

Induction Ceremony

The Class of 2012 Induction Ceremony will be hosted on July 14 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, R.I. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour event. Tickets for that day include seats for the Induction Ceremony and the tournament semi-finals, and tickets are available now on tennisfame.com or by phone at 866-914-FAME (2363).

Source:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/03/Features/Kuerten-Inducted-Into-Hall-Of-Fame.aspx

Lee
03-11-2012, 04:32 AM
Newport's Newest: An Interview with Gustavo Kuerten (http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/features.aspx?articleid=16798&zoneid=9)

Gustavo Kuerten delivered a famed French Open valentine in 2001. After fighting off a match point in a fourth-round win over American Michael Russell, Kuerten carved a huge heart on the red clay to show his appreciation to the*fans in a memorable Kuerten call. His heart-felt emotions were on display again today, as Kuerten’s eyes welled with tears during a press conference*in Brazil to announce his induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 14.



The three-time French Open champion was the first South American to ever hold the year-end No. 1 rank, and was selected as one of the 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS era by TENNIS Magazine in 2007.

“It’s amazing to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” the 35-year-old Brazilian known as 'Guga' said. “Probably one of my greatest accomplishments was being able to get Brazilians excited about tennis, and to elevate the attention for Brazil as a tennis nation.”

Guga's gangly grace made him look like someone about to break into a spontaneous samba. The high-bouncing topspin drives he delivered off his brilliant groundstrokes (Kuerten was one of the first champions to use Luxilon strings, which helped usher in the heavy spin era), the way he bounced around the court as if playing to the beat of music, and his trademark headband that kept his unruly halo of hair somewhat in place made him one of the most distinctive stylists of his era. It also won him a legion of devoted fans, many of whom, clad in Brazilian colors, would bang on drums, blow horns, and dance in the aisles during his matches.

Kuerten was one of the few players capable of turning a singles match into the feel of a group festival. Perhaps that’s because tennis is truly a family affair for Kuerten. His father, Aldo, a former amateur player, introduced him to tennis but died of a heart attack while umpiring a junior match when Guga was just eight years old. Guga gave every trophy he ever won to his biggest fan, younger brother Guilherme, who suffered from cerebral palsy and severe physical disability, and served as an inspiration to his big brother. Guilherme Kuerten died in 2007. Mother Alice Kuerten raised three sons (Guga’s older brother Rafael was his business manager) and is president of the Gustavo Kuerten Institute, which the family founded in 2000 to benefit the*disabled.

Kuerten, who lives in his native Florianopolis, is the proud father of a one-month old daughter, Maria, and spends much of his time pursuing his charitable causes, including a school he’s opened as well as promoting tennis in Brazil. He spoke with us today, after the big announcement.

TENNIS.com: Guga, what does induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame mean to you?

Gustavo Kuerten: It’s a great honor—perhaps the highest honor in tennis. Watching the video of my career they showed today brings me back to my first memories of being on the court. It brings me back to my father who took me to the tennis court when I was six years old. He taught me to have big dreams, but I did not have any idea of what a career in tennis could be until I was 16 or 17 years old. I don’t consider it the end of the line. I am very involved in tennis and I will find a way to give back to tennis.

TENNIS.com: Your father and younger brother both passed away. Your mother raised the family as a single parent after your father's death. How did your family inspire you?

Gustavo Kuerten: If you look at my history, I really had a very small chance [of succeeding as a pro player]. When I start to play the game, tennis was very rare in Brazil. In Florianopolis, we did not have more than five tennis courts in the 1980s. So if not for the support and push of my father, I never would have made it. My father was and still is the biggest inspiration of my life even losing him at an early age. My mother is also my greatest inspiration. My mother took on this incredible responsibility of raising a family by herself. Everyone in my family was an example to me: The bravery of my mother, the will of my handicapped brother to always try to overcome limitations and to truly appreciate the simple things in life, the sense of calm my older brother provided me, and my coach, Larri [Passos], who taught me how to be competitive and never give up. I got massive inspiration from a lot of people, who gave me the spirit to face everything that faced me. Even though some experiences were very sad, such as losing my father on the tennis court, I believe every experience helps us to build something greater in us. For me, this love of tennis became like an obsession, and my family inspired me and gave me qualities to achieve things.

TENNIS.com: What do you think were key qualities that made you a a champion?

Gustavo Kuerten: I think I have technically a mix of weapons that I could use in different situations. I could use my serve very well to be aggressive when I needed. I don’t believe I ever got to play my best tennis because of my hip surgeries. I think my best weapon was probably my mental part; the way that I approached the game. I was never too upset or too stressed when I lost. If I did not have a solution on court, I would practice to find one. It may sound strange, but the thing that matters to me more than the power or spin was the way I faced the game, the relation I created to tennis and to people. I loved taking tennis more close to people, not just as a No. 1 player but as a human being. The connection to the people was very important to me. I was lucky that people all over the world received me so well. I needed that support and I appreciate it.

TENNIS.com: What were your most meaningful moments in tennis?

Gustavo Kuerten: There are many. If I had to choose two, one is the 2000 Tennis Masters Cup. I had maybe a five percent chance of becoming No. 1 when it started, and after losing the first match, I had problems with my back and did not know if I could finish. I was able to turn it all around and win on a surface that was not my best to become No. 1, and for the first time to be able to speak to people in Portuguese after the final was really the best thing I could ever do in my career. [Editor's Note: The tournament was held in Lisbon.] The other was 2001 Roland Garros, the day I draw the heart on court against Michael Russell. It wasn’t the final, but emotionally it was the happiest day of my career. The connection between the public and myself touched me very much. A simple act to show my appreciation for the people, for tennis and for that emotional moment will stay with me forever.

TENNIS.com: Which rival did you most enjoy playing and who was your toughest opponent?

Gustavo Kuerten: The ones I enjoyed playing most were Marat [Safin], [Yevgeny] Kafelnikov and Andre [Agassi]. I played each of them more than five times and normally winning and losing depended on the situation. Perhaps Agassi was the one I played more and it was very challenging and exciting to play Andre. For most of my biggest titles, I had to face Kafelnikov on the way and he could be like a lucky charm or an obstacle in the tournament that I had to pass through. I have to say the toughest and scariest opponent was Pete [Sampras]. When I played him the first time I forgot to volley. And then when I faced him in Tennis Masters Cup in Lisbon, I really didn't know how I could find any way to beat a player as great as Pete, but facing great players can make you a better player.

TENNIS.com: Do you watch tennis now and does any current player remind you of yourself?

Gustavo Kuerten: I love to watch tennis and I am very enthusiastic to see the level of tennis played now. I believe [Novak] Djokovic has the game that is perhaps most close to mine among these players. The tennis he is showing is taking the game to another level, and I like that he is showing his emotion and showing how physically you have to be strong and be a complete player and do everything on court. I think tennis is really in a fantastic place right now and I enjoy watching it very much.

Lee
03-11-2012, 04:37 AM
Kuerten, who lives in his native Florianopolis, is the proud father of a one-month old daughter, Maria

:eek: Congratulations Guga!

Eden
03-11-2012, 02:50 PM
Thank you for posting the interview Lee :)

It's always interesting to hear from Guga especially considering that it doesn't happen that often. I didn't even knew that his wife was pregnant.

Congrats to the proud parents for their little sunshine :)

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Lee
03-26-2012, 03:52 AM
Still Guga (http://blogs.tennis.com/tennisworld/2012/03/tk-7.html)

by Pete Bodo

Miami — Gustavo Kuerten, the first men's Grand Slam champion from Brazil, three-time French Open champion and former No. 1, will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this summer.

When he met with the press yesterday he was asked how he felt about it, and he admitted that the honor was unexpected. “First, that soon was kind of surprise for me. *I just finish playing three, almost four years ago. The time flies, eh? Seems like it was yesterday.”

He makes a good point, but let’s keep in mind that "Guga" played — tried to play, given the debilitating injuries that marred and curtailed his career — for four-and-a-half years after he won his third and last title at Roland Garros in 2001.

Kuerten won three French Open titles in five years, which may not rival Rafael Nadal’s record but it was the best since the heyday of Ivan Lendl and eclipsed the stats of some extremely high-value clay-court names, including (Guillermo) Vilas, (Jim) Courier, (Sergi) Bruguera, and (Thomas) Muster. In the Open era, only Lendl, Mats Wilander and *Bjorn Borg won three or more French Opens before Guga.

So I had to ask: is does Kuerten celebrate or regret the fact that he doesn’t have to match the era of Roger Federer, Nadal, and Novak Djokovic?

Guga laughed, and tugged the bright yellow trucker’s cap a little lower over his brow. He admitted, “A little bit of both. . .”

But his thoughts on the subject were classic Guga, and go a long way toward explaining why he was always such a beloved figure.

"I'm happy mostly because I truly believe that these guys that I considered some genius, they are better than the best to have. *They are one of the best ever. Perhaps Djokovic still (needs) a little bit more time for us to be sure of this. *But Rafa and Roger, they are completely one of the best five players all times.

"I think I contribute on this way — even knowing that they are like kind of super heroes, they are very * *they have the access for the people. *They are around. *You can feel them more close to a human being. . . I*think that was a big contribution that I did to bring the tennis a little bit more close to humanity, you know, more easy to understand for all classes around.*

"In Brazil, for me it's a great pleasure *when I see guys (who) sometimes have a hard time to write or to count, and they know 15-30, 30-All, break point.”

We all laughed at this. Guga continued:

“It's hard to understand how it's possible, but right now I can go this deep and feel this pleasure of (my) *contribution to tennis. So that's why these guys I think would be great for me. *(It) would be amazing time to be connected with them. . . (tennis) is becoming more popular every year. . . We are not only talking about (just) the class A or rich guys. *We are talking about regular people that seen on them an inspiration and a person that’s more touchable.”

About Rafa’s frozen-rope forehand, Roger’s wasp-ish serve, or Nole’s hammer throw backhand Guga had nothing to say. That he was able to create such a stunning resume with his sensibility is a great achievement; right up there with having won three majors.

edit: sorry for all those *s. Somehow my copy and paste add them to the article.

Eden
03-28-2012, 01:03 PM
March 25, 2012


An interview with:

GUSTAVO KUERTEN

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

So it's such an honor to have you in the Hall of Fame. What can you tell us about that?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: First, that soon was kind of surprise for me. I just finish playing three, almost four years ago. The time flies, eh? Seems like it was yesterday.
But once I got to know, it was like a big emotion to over the years, getting deep in good times, hard times I had on my way through.
A great influence from my father that I had in the beginning, even knowing that it was for a short term of my life. I think is more enjoyable right now, because I can understand better my career and the impact that I could bring to tennis.
So it was pretty happy. Became my special, very special years since I just got my first baby and being accepted to the Hall of Fame. So could not be better.

When you do look back, is there one moment that you think tells the whole story of your career? Is there one special moment, do you imagine, that you can reflect on?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: I think the immediate reflection is hard to understand how this really happen.
If I start to look at the facts, it's basically 100 or 1000 of you can call coincidence or lucky or fact that happen to be able to get this far.
Perhaps of course the crucial one, the main one was to lose my father in the tennis court. This could be a drama for me to just get out of any closet and then tennis.
So since I have this experience very early, I think that what we did well was I learned from that time being able to take advantage even on hard situations.
So doesn't matter. I remember around 17, one week before getting tests in Brazil, we have to do tests to be able to go to university my mother is still waiting for me to go to university (Laughter.)
I have to undercover her, don't let her know that I would not doing the test, you know. Then I call her four days before. I call her from Argentina, No, mom. Mom, I am not coming back. Forget. She want me to be a doctor until 17 years old.
So it just kind of 100 or 1000 situations like this, and that's why it feels great flavor. I pass over I believe most situations, but a player can pass I never get a step forward without passing all these stages.
Only once I got when I won the French Open on '97 that I really like overpass a couple of stage. But until that time I played all the juniors, I played all the satellites, I played even team tennis. I did everything in my career.
So it brings you a really special feeling once you have all these experience on your back.

When you look at the top three players today, are you happy you stopped playing or do you wish you were playing so you could try that?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: A little bit of both (laughter.)
I'm happy mostly because I truly believe that these guys that I considered some genius, they are better than the best to have. They are one of the best ever.
Perhaps Djokovic still a little bit more have time for us to be sure of this. But Rafa and Roger, they are completely one of the best five players all times.
I think I contribute on this way. Even knowing that they are like kind of super heros, they are very they have the access for the people. They are around. You can feel them more close to a human being.
If you go outside, perhaps they can believe they can play the same as them even though it's impossible. I think that was a big contribution that I did to bring the tennis a little bit more close to humanity, you know, more easy to understand than all classes around.
In Brazil, for me it's a great pleasure for me when I see guys sometimes having hard time to write or to count, and they know 15 30, 30 All, break point. (Laughter.)
It's hard to understand how it's possible, but right now I can go this deep and feel this pleasure of contribution to tennis.
So that's why these guys I think would be great for me. Would be amazing time to be connected with them and be related of these special moments to tennis.
I believe on this, it's like a golden era again. We can compare perhaps for another time it happens on Connors, McEnroe, Borg.
But it's really a circumstance that tennis, it's becoming more popular every year. I believe much more on this way. We are not only talking about the class A or rich guys. We are talking about regular people that seen on them an inspiration and a person that it's more touchable.

You obviously are remembered for your Roland Garros. Do you feel yourself you made another step by winning the ATP finals in Lisbon, not on clay, and if you hadn't been injured you would have been able to go on and play at that level on hard surfaces, as well?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Yeah. This was perhaps the last step through I did. Either in 2001 I still went a little bit farther than that, but I was a little far away from my best, that's for sure.
Once I got to that stage, I was playing I had myself comfortable to play in different surface. The tour was going in a way that would give me advantage, you know, to bring the game a little bit slower, with surface more equal.
And to have a good example, I played first time on and this was one year before against Pete. On Hannover I lost 6 1, 6 2, and one year later I could beat him. One of my best matches ever.
So I can only in my imagination but I can see very easily that my game would have developed a lot, even on clay, and I'm sure in different surface.
For me, will always be a pity that I didn't have these opportunities the same way as I thought at the beginning. Was too much farther than I can still right now can believe it.
So it's a conflict there, but I prefer to look on the positive way.

Five years ago in this tournament you played doubles with Kei Nishikori, and back then he was 17 years old and his ranking was around 600. Now he is 16 in the world. What do you remember from that doubles match? Any thoughts on his achievement?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: I could see he would be at least top 50, top 30 player on that time. He played already in a good level. He's very talent, as he's showing right now. Just depending of how far he want to go. I think he can go still a little bit more. He will have to work hard, develop a lot.
But as I saw before, he was very focused, good discipline to play, understanding the game.
So it's not a surprise for me that he breakthrough to that far.

You played with Luxilon string. What do you think it did for you and for the game?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Three French Open, one Masters Cup (smiling). It gave me a lot, so much. I believe I was the first to have on this gray one. Albert Costa start with the purple. It's a little bit more thick.
I played the thinner one on this gray. I remember little farther on, 1999 or 2000, that Agassi was complaining. If he could not adapt himself to play Luxilon, he would ask ATP to forbid this string because he could feel it not so good, but sometimes it doesn't fits to your game.
So this was a funny story about it, but I think it bring the it brought the game to a different level. That's for sure.

Simple question: Why do you love playing tennis?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Why do I love playing tennis? Because the relation, I think love you have maintaining. It's not you just love and it is like this.
Every day you have like a flower. You have to go there, put some water, have to appreciate it, what's around it. I start to understand the game and loving the competition around and being by myself at the court, traveling.
The only hard thing for me on tennis, it's massive competition as everybody is trying to reduce now. We are playing too much for too long all the time. This is hard, especially for a Brazilian who has to be out of the continent for 80% of the year.
But even the relation with the crowd, how to appear in the central court with thousand, thousand of people, every single thing I was able to adapt myself. I just like and then love, and it's maintaining like this.
Hopefully it can continue. I don't play more than three, four matches a year because my physical condition, but still once I'm in the tennis courts, always great feels.

So you start talking about your father, and he was a great influence for you. And you have, you know, both of your brothers in the beginning. You had your coach, Larri Passos. How much was all this important for you to have all that support? What's the role in your career?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: It was crucial. I have these typical Brazilian culture and customs. I'm very related to our way of living, and it's very social. I had to create a formula to bring more people to the court when I was playing.
So I had the feeling even being by myself at the tennis court I have the feeling of the support of everybody, of being fulfilled with many different persons.
And these ones that you just spoke are the ones more important to my life, on the court and outside of the court. So this I couldn't never manage to get through without them.
That's why even at the beginning I was very clear on a way of distribute my achievements, my titles, to the people surround me.
Because as a Brazilian, being individual and just to feel the flavor by yourself, that's no fun at all.

Source: http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/News/Tennis/2012/Interview-Transcripts/Gustavo-Kuerten-25-March.aspx

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02-22-2014, 09:06 AM
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RIO OPEN PRESENTED BY CLARO HDTV 2014

Kuerten Honoured In Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

by ATP Staff | 21.02.2014

Gustavo Kuerten was honoured at the Rio Open presented by Claro hdtv on Thursday. Guga received a commemorative plaque from World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, before a ball boy and a ball girl repeated the gesture immortalised by Kuerten after a 2001 Roland Garros fourth round match. The children drew a heart around the Florianopolis resident and the three lay down on the clay court much to the delight of the capacity crowd.

Thirteen years ago, Kuerten fought back from two sets down and a 3-5 deficit to beat Russell 3-6, 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-1. Inspired by the performance, Kuerten went on to lift his third Roland Garros title by beating Alex Corretja in the final.

Kuerten, who retired from professional tennis in 2008, was moved by the presentation. “I have just thought about exchanging a few rallies with Nadal, but I was very emotional and forgot to ask him,” said Kuerten. “It is amazing to be honoured in my country. Thank you, Rafa, for making this moment even more special. It is a privilege to be embraced by hundreds of people at the same time. It was a very good sensation [and] unforgettable. That motivates me to contribute more to tennis, to give back all the affection.”

Kuerten came on to Center Court after Nadal’s 6-1, 6-2 win over fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes. Nadal said, “Guga is one of the best players I have seen on clay. If we had played a match, it would have been really interesting. He did something very difficult, to be the first in a country to do something [be No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, win Roland Garros and the 2001 Tennis Masters Cup – now named Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.



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