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Lee
03-10-2004, 05:15 PM
Please post articles about Guga not directly related to any tournaments here.

Lee
03-10-2004, 05:16 PM
From tennis week

http://www.sportsmediainc.net/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=10576&bannerregion=

Guga Earns Player Of The Month Honors
03/08/2004

February was a month to remember for Gustavo Kuerten. The three-time French Open champion thrilled Brazilian fans by rallying from a set down in three of his five tournament wins en route to capturing his first championship of the season at the Brasil Open. Now, the 16th-ranked Kuerten is being honored for his efforts as the ATP Player of the Month for February.

It was a month that saw the former No. 1 win nine of 11 matches and reach the final in Vina del Mar, Chile before falling to Fernando Gonzalez. In his native Brazil, Kuerten overcame Agustin Calleri, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, in the final to claim his 20th career championship and raise his record to 14-4 on the season. It was Kuerten's first clay-court crown since 2001 as he improved his career record with Calleri to 4-1.

"It has been the week of confirmation for me," Kuerten said. "I have been a fighter on court and gave more than 100 percent on court with all my heart on every point. These are the things that keep motivating me since I know there are not many players with so many titles."

Swedish teenager Robin Soderling, a finalist in Marseille, was named ATP Rising Star of the Month. The doubles team of Jared Palmer and Pavel Vizner were named ATP Team of the Month after winning the title in Milan and reaching the semifinals of Marseille.

amethyst
03-10-2004, 06:16 PM
Thanks for the article, Lee. Guga has deserved this honour especially as he had to overcome his illness to win in Brasil. I guess it´s a long time since was player of the month last time.....

Billabong
03-10-2004, 09:55 PM
Cool:D! Congrats Guga:)!!! Thanks for the article Lee!!!

amethyst
03-31-2004, 12:22 PM
I just found an old but very interesting article with a long interview from March 10, 2001. It´s from the online edition of the Indian newspaper "The Hindu" (www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/2001/03/10/stories/0710044l.htm) - original in English, no translation

Getting to know Gustavo Kuerten by Paul Fein

EVERYBODY LOVES Guga. In soccer-crazy Brazil, Gustavo Kuerten tops every football player in popularity polls. Throughout South America he's more adored than any tennis player since handsome Argentine Guillermo Vilas a generation ago. And his endearing personality makes Kuerten a favourite in Europe where fans rooted for him to beat sporting Swede Magnus Norman in their thrilling French Open final last year.

How can you not like a family values guy who ships his trophies to his mentally handicapped younger brother, Guilherme, back home in Florianopolis? Or a young star so humble that he urged his countrymen not to build a statue of him? Or a carefree spirit who sings in the locker room and once philosophised, in tennis, you can only lose, you know, the other guy can't eat you?

Wherever Kuerten displays his scintillating shotmaking, a band of yellow-and-blue clad, banner-waving, drum-beating Brazilians cheer and chant him to victory. The skinny, wild-haired 24-year- old captured his second French title in 2000 and then proved he wasn't just a clay court champion by winning the Masters Cup to become the first South American man to capture the year-end No. 1 ranking.

The Guga I encountered in this probing interview is a relaxed, uncomplicated man of the people whose joy of life makes him the most likeable and uncontroversial star in tennis.

Nicolas Lapentti said: Some of the top players wont talk to you. But Guga has not changed. He's the same Guga I've known for 10 years now.

Question: How have you managed to stay the same even though you've become rich, famous and a national hero?

Answer: My life has changed, but I've stayed the same person. Of course, when I go out in the streets, I stop for pictures and people feel happy when they see me. But I am the same. I have the same friends, the same people working with me, my family by my side all the time. I have a simple life. I don't deal with fame every day. I don't go to the Oscars or stuff like that. I'm simple. And I guess that even if I wanted to change, I wouldn't be able to.

Q: Hicham El Guerrouj, the great Moroccan runner, said, The source of my motivation is having a whole country behind me. What is the source of your motivation?

A: There are a lot of things that motivate me: the will to go for new things, to reach another level, to get somewhere I've never been before, to experience new things. On court, the crowds motivate me a lot. I am sure I would have lost some matches if it wasn't for the crowd. I love having a full stadium for a match. The atmosphere that they create is unbelievable.

Q: Larri Passos has coached you for 11 years, a record for longevity on the pro tour now. Why has your relationship been so successful and enduring?

A: We trust each other a lot. We know each other very well. And since we started working together a long time ago, it has worked out perfectly. When I first won the French Open, many people, especially in Brazil, said I should change coaches. But I didn't. Larri is very important to me. He is by my side, motivating me, sticking with me in the bad and the good times.

Q: You have said your priority as a tennis player is to excite and entertain. Why is that your highest priority - even ahead of making tennis history or being a sports immortal?

A: I did say that. But for my life, my highest priorities are being happy, healthy and enjoying what I'm doing.

Q: What is your favourite Grand Slam tournament?

A: It is definitely the French Open. First of all, it is the place where I won my biggest tournament ever and where everything happened to me. And second, it is played on clay, my favourite surface. When I enter the site, it feels like home to me. I know every single detail about it, including the people. I wish all the four Grand Slams were the French Open.

Q: Brazil has never won the Davis Cup, and you've never won Wimbledon. Would you rather win the Davis Cup or Wimbledon?

A: The Davis Cup. I don't like Wimbledon. It's not on my list of favourite tournaments.

Q: Why do you dislike Wimbledon?

A: First, I don't like playing on grass, and I guess you have to feel good when you're at a tournament, and I don't feel good when I'm at Wimbledon. You don't feel that warm welcome, the weather is bad, and you cant have your family because they don't give you many badges. Of course, I know the tradition and tennis history, but I definitely don't like that tournament. Its not my priority, and its very tough to get ready to play there after a good French Open.

Q: What would it mean to you, tennis in Brazil and the Brazilian people if you won the Davis Cup?

A: I love playing Davis Cup because I have a good spirit to play it, its a team sport and you are playing for your country, not only for yourself. It would be amazing to win the Davis Cup. We reached the semifinals last year, and we've been in the World Group for six years now. Its definitely one of my goals for 2001, although I know we still have a long way to go. Davis Cup motivates people. So it would be fantastic for Brazilian tennis if we won the Davis Cup.

Q: What have you learned from living on and playing on the pro tour?

A: I learn a lot from being on the tour. You learn something new every day, travelling, meeting people, but especially on court and when you lose. You learn that you always have to try your best, and then you'll know you have done all you could. Always keep trying and if you follow what you think is right, you will find the recipe, and sooner or later the results will come.

Q: How did you get the nickname Guga?

A: Its a common nickname for Gustavo in Brazil.

Q: Before the 2000 Masters Cup in Lisbon, you were aching so badly that you almost considered dropping out of it. How did you beat Kafelnikov, Sampras and Agassi to win the title and capture the No. 1 ranking for 2000 despite wearing a huge back brace?

A: It was really important to me. I knew I was playing great tennis by that time. And it would have been very disappointing to go home without even having tried.

Q: After you won the Masters Cup, you said, Today is the best day of my life, for sure. What have been the No. 2 and No. 3 best days of your life so far?

A: I don't know. Its tough to say. I've had lots of days that are amazing. I've had lots of days that are very good. Maybe the other best days were when I won the French Open for the first and second times.

Q: Larri Passos said you are too nice in tournament competition and you have to become more intense and proud. Is being too nice holding you back?

A: Not now. But when I first started playing I wouldn't hit a smash towards the other player, or stuff like that. Sometimes I'm still too nice. But I'm not going to lose a match because of that.

Q: You and Patrick Rafter seem like soulmates. He said he admires you the most on the pro tour. You've surfed together with Rafter. What do you like about him?

A: He is a down-to-earth guy who likes the beach and treats everybody the same way. I like that about him.

Q: Like Edberg and Sampras, you switched from a two-handed backhand to a one-hander as a teenager. Is your powerful one- handed backhand now your best shot?


A: Larri changed my backhand when I was really young. Sometimes I feel more confident with the backhand, sometimes with the forehand.

Q: You have said you regret spending so much time away from Brazil. Should there be more and bigger pro tournaments in an important tennis country like Brazil and in South America generally?

A: We definitely deserve a tournament in Brazil and more tournaments in South America. Its already time! And its not only because of the trips, but because we must have a tournament for the public, for the players and to develop tennis in Brazil.

Q: You like to surf on the Internet every day. What are your favourite web sites?

A: Of course, my favourite 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.

Q: Which is your favourite sports team?

A: It's the soccer team from my home town. Not many people know about it. Its called Avai, and its a 2nd Division team. Whenever I am home, I go to the soccer stadium to cheer them. And when I am travelling, I follow the results and news on the Internet. Since I was a kid, I've always cheered for them.

Q: Do you have a girlfriend?

A: No.

Q: Bjorn Borg, considered the greatest clay court player ever, won a record six French Open titles. You've won two, and you are only 24. Can you equal Borg's record?

A: It would be amazing to equal Borg's record. But I have to go one tournament and title at a time.

Q: Who are your toughest opponents?

A: I have beaten almost every player on the tour, but I have a big problem with (Dominic) Hrbaty. I don't know what it is. I don't know why I have never beaten him. I would say besides Sampras and Agassi (that) beating Kafelnikov is very tough because he is a complete player. He has all the shots and plays well on all surfaces.

Q: Last year you said, I don't want to be promoted. I am already too much promoted. I want to be unknown. Why did you say that?


A: I was joking when I said that.

Q: Please tell about your meeting with President Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil.

A: It was very nice. The president was hosting a Mercosul Meeting in a hotel in my hometown of Florianopolis last December. And we had a chance to meet for the first time. We were supposed to meet in 1997 after I won the French Open. But my younger brother (Guilherme) suffers from cerebral palsy, and he didn't feel well that day. So I ended up cancelling that meeting. This time I gave the president a racquet and taught him how to play tennis. He is definitely a big tennis fan.

Q: I learned you created a charity in your own name. Please tell me about it.

A: Last September I started my own institute, the Instituto Guga Kuerten. We give money to charities that help handicapped people and sports. My mother (Alice) is the president of the Institute. Its just beginning to grow. We started it so it would have a (famous) name and people would become aware of the Institute. We are starting to raise money and give it away.

Q: Are you involved in any other worthy causes?

A: Before I started the Institute, I donated $200 for every singles and doubles match I played to APAE. That is the Association of Parents and Friends of the Handicapped where my brother Guilherme goes every day. The money was used to build houses for the homeless handicapped. Even before I won the French Open, our whole family helped the poor and others in need. We took part in volunteer activities. Now we feel very good in being able to help even more. And we also think that if other people see what we are doing, maybe they will start helping, too.

Q: Are there any ATP or ITF rules or policies you would like to change to make tennis better or more exciting?

A: Play all the Grand Slams on clay! Seriously, you don't have to change the rules of the game to make it more exciting. Each player has his own interesting style, but the players should enjoy it a little more and try to be more relaxed on the court. They should also be closer to the crowd in matches and to the people in practice. They should not go there (tournaments) and just play and stay in the hotel and always try to avoid everyone. This will help tennis a lot.

PAUL FEIN

Billabong
03-31-2004, 01:27 PM
Wow thanks for the article Claudia:)! I didn't know Guga was a common name in Brazil for Gustavo lol;)! it's also great to see him talk about his website and getting along well with Rafter:D!!!

spiiky
04-05-2004, 09:46 PM
GUGA visited the doctor who operated it has two years, and is happy with the evolution Gustavo Kuerten initiated in this monday the training in squares, with the Larri technician Steps, for the season of gross sand, motivated with the results of examinations of routine and carried through physical tests in the last week, the United States and Florianópolis. In the Wednesday, day 14, when to travel for the Europe to compete in the four more important matches of the beaten land, the Masters Series de Monte Carlo, Rome and Hamburg, culminating with Roland Garros, Guga will again search a good one resulted in the places that had consecrated it. Two years after to have been submitted the artroscopia in the right hip (26 fev 2002), Guga visited the doctor that operated it, the Dr. Thomas Byrd, in Nashville, U.S.A. and came back toward house with the following report of the Doctor. Guga made a routine visit, at the time of the anniversary of two years of the artroscopia in the right hip. With its conditioning and training, it it continues to gain force, intensity and resistance. The hip of it is good and some times suffer a little from tendinite, what it is normal. It has it successfully controlled, through intensive cares and training in the structure of the place? With the compliments of the doctor, Guga will follow its routine of training and fisioterapia with the Mariângela physiotherapist Rasp, in search of a good result in the season of gross sand. visits to the Dr. Byrd was important to give an endorsement to me of that I follow making the things certain and to prove in plus this retorn that all the surgical part well was recouped. I go to continue making the work of daily allonge, that comes giving to an acquittal each bigger time to me and comes giving to the force and the resistance to me necessary pra to play well in the gross sand, said Guga, that already it felt an evolution in the matches that it disputed in this floor in 2004, gaining 9 of the 11 games that made and conquering the heading of Brazil Open and the vice-championship, in Viña del Sea. Currently it is the only player in activity already to have looser the call Grand Slam of the gross sand (the three Masters Series and Roland Garros) and the only one also in activity to be tricampeão of Roland Garros. Despite the resume of?Rei of the Gross sand, Guga knows that it will have great challenges of itself ahead. After all they are four matches of most difficult in a short space of time. But, it was for having a good season in the gross sand that it prepared and the results conquered recently, during the Funny Latin American, and the physical and cardiovascular evaluations had livened up it sufficiently. that the things are walking well. I feel myself with more force, I feel my resistance and intensity coming back and have great expectations for the season of gross sand. Since the surgery I did not obtain to come back to play well in the Europe and follow dedicating and strengtheing me to reach plus these objectives?

amethyst
04-05-2004, 10:27 PM
Thanks spiiky, it´s nice to hear that Gugas hip is ok. I hope his optimism for the clay season is justified!

Billabong
04-06-2004, 12:16 AM
Thanks for the article Florencia:D!!!

Catsou
04-08-2004, 02:11 PM
I found this article in Marca, not really a good new for you guys but I thought you may like to read it anyway:


EL BRASILEÑO NO ACABA DE RECUPERARSE DE UNA OPERACIÓN
La baja forma de Kuerten se debe a problemas físicos
El brasileño Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten no se ha recuperado plenamente de la operación en la cadera a la que se sometió en 2002, afirmó la fisioterapeuta Mariangela Pinheiro de Lima, responsable del tratamiento. Según Pinheiro de Lima, al triple campeón de Roland Garros no le falta motivación o le sobran problemas personales, como conjetura la prensa.

"El (Guga) no siente dolor, pero, por otro lado, algunos de sus movimientos quedaron comprometidos", añadió la especialista, que en noviembre pasado fue contratada por el mejor tenista brasileño de todos los tiempos.

"Un problema como ese acaba teniendo una influencia en varios aspectos. Compromete la velocidad, la fuerza muscular y el equilibrio", explicó la fisioterapeuta, que ha prescrito a Kuerten un tratamiento denominado Reequilibrio Toráxico Abdominal (RTA).

Tras la operación, el doctor Byrd recomendó a Guga permanecer inactivo "por lo menos" tres meses. Otros especialistas recomendaron hasta seis meses. Pero un mes y quince días después Guga comenzaba sus entrenamientos para un partido de dobles en Mallorca (España), en abril de 2002.

http://www.marca.com/edicion/noticia/0,2458,468471,00.html

Lee
04-09-2004, 04:08 AM
from guga.com

GUGA KEEPS PRACTICING FOR THE EUROPEAN CLAY CORT SEASON

Fonte: EQUIPE GUGA


Gustavo Kuerten keeps practicing in Santa Catarina, with coach Larri Passos, for the European clay court season, beginning on April 19, with the Masters Series Monte Carlo.

Guga has been practicing with Andre Sa for the past few days, at the Larri Passos branch, where he stays until the day of his departure to Monaco, next Wednesday. Until then, he keeps his practice routine with coach Larri Passos and his physical therapy with therapist Mariangela Lima.

On Tuesday, Guga received a guest, journalist Juca Kfouri, at the Larri Passos branch, who recorded a long interview with three-time French Open champion. The one hour chat is the highlight on this Thursday’s “Cartão Verde” TV show, at TV Cultura, at 10:30 pm.

Before his trip to Europe, Guga will talk to the press.

http://www.guga.com.br/br/INFO/images/guga_07_04_04.jpg

Lee
04-15-2004, 06:03 PM
GUGA TRAVELS TO EUROPE WITH GOOD EXPECTATIONS FOR THE CLAY COURT SEASON

Fonte: EQUIPE GUGA


Three-time French Open champion, Gustavo Kuerten, arrives tomorrow in Europe, after two weeks of practice in Santa Catarina, to play his favorite tournaments of the year, with high expectations.

Guga’s first stop is at the ATP Masters Series in Monte Carlo, following then to the Trofeo Conde de Godo, in Barcelona, ATP Masters Series events in Rome and Hamburg and by the end of may he intends to be in top form to play at Roland Garros.

“I am feeling really good and excited to play these tournaments. I want to play the way I have always played, being aggressive all the time. These are my favorite tournaments of the year and I have had great success in all of them. I know that after the surgery, I faced a different reality and that last year I rushed things a little bit. I am facing these tournaments differently, knowing that in order to succeed I will have to play the same way I have played in the past, aggressive, happy and playing a risky game, even if I make some mistakes. I have good expectations, I played a lot of tennis during the Latin American circuit and as long as I return from this trip as happy as I am leaving, I will be satisfied. And this would be achieved with lots of victories and by having great moments too. From all these tournaments, obviously the French is my favorite and I am having a good preparation. Arriving in Paris with a good result would be great for my confidence. I will try to do the best I can, inspire myself and try to have two happy weeks that will be forever remembered, like I have had three times before,” said Guga, in a press conference, at his coaches’ academy, Larri Passos Tenis Pro, in Santa Catarina.

A national hero in Brazil, Guga also had to do a lot of talking about Davis Cup yesterday. Since he announced he wasn’t playing Davis Cup, more than a month ago – last weekend Brazil faced Paraguay, in Bahia – for not agreeing with the administration of the Brazilian National Federation, the subject became a national matter. Guga said that as long as Nelson Nastas is the President, he won’t be available to play.

His act was followed by other team members and, in a hope to see Guga back up, Nastas some weeks later announced that he would leave the Federation on May 15th and that new elections would be held the day after.

Guga didn’t change his mind and continued saying that he would only play if Nastas left before the tie was to be held. Even being criticized, he kept his point of view and after seeing Brazil lose poorly to Paraguay over the weekend, with a B team, and having to face Venezuela in July, he said that he wont change his mind if Nastas keeps in the power, specially because there is a lot of talk that the elections might not even happen.

“Each day more I am sure that I did the right thing when I decided not to play. Lots of people said I should play when Nelson announced he was leaving on May 15th and now they don’t even know if these elections are happening. Everything is very unclear. I am not a politician and I don’t know how these things work. What I do know is that I could be thinking only about myself and my career, but I am an idealist guy and the most active voice in tennis in Brazil and it is my duty to do something for my sport. I have been talking to a lot of juniors, upcoming players, coaches and even parents and everybody is unhappy. We need more tournaments here, not like the Masters Cup that they wanted to have here some years ago, we need Futures, Satelites, a place where everybody can practice. That is what we want from the new administration. During this weekend we could see the reality of our tennis. Everybody said that we lost because we had inexperienced players, but players aged 24, 25, can’t be inexperienced. They must be ready to play Davis Cup, to play five set matches. Everywhere else we see players aged 16, 17, having great results. That’s because they have the support of the federation, they practice with good players all the time, they have something behind them. I hope that things change here and that I can play Davis Cup again.”

Guga also talked about the rumors that he was retiring in 2005 and that he was still feeling pain in the hip.

“No, I am not retiring. The most important thing is that I love to play tennis, I love to compete and I love to come here everyday and practice. As long as I feel like this and I feel that I am able to play against the best players and have new challenges, I will be playing.”

About his hip he said that he visited Dr. Thomas Byrd, who operated on his right hip two years ago, in Nashville, United States, and said that the Dr. was very happy with what he saw. “He said that the bone structure is great and that he is very satisfied with what he saw. Obviously, like every athlete, who is giving 100% on court every day, I have a pain here, a pain there, but it is nothing if compared with what I felt before the surgery. I can say it is insignificant. I still feel a little weak in moving around and in the resistance area, but I am working very hard on it and on my goals of having a great clay court season.”

tall_one
04-15-2004, 06:25 PM
Guga also talked about the rumors that he was retiring in 2005 and that he was still feeling pain in the hip.

“No, I am not retiring. The most important thing is that I love to play tennis, I love to compete and I love to come here everyday and practice. As long as I feel like this and I feel that I am able to play against the best players and have new challenges, I will be playing.”
:woohoo: Glad to hear that! :)

Lee
04-16-2004, 03:38 AM
http://www.sportsmediainc.net/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=10794&bannerregion=

Guga Refutes Retirement Rumors
By Adrianna Outlaw
04/16/2004

Some players wear their hearts on their sleeves, Gustavo Kuerten continues to craft his heart on the court. The charismatic Kuerten, who celebrated his third French Open championship by carving a heart on the red clay or Roland Garros, said playing tennis remains his primary passion.

Responding to rumors that he is contemplating retirement next year, the former No. 1 stated he has no plans to conclude his competitive career in the near future and will continue to play as long as he has a love of the game.

"No, I am not retiring," Kuerten told the media in a press conference conducted at his coach's academy, Larri Passos Tennis Pro, in Santa Catarina yesterday. "The most important thing is that I love to play tennis, I love to compete and I love to come here everyday and practice. As long as I feel like this and I feel that I am able to play against the best players and have new challenges, I will be playing."

One competition he will not be playing is Davis Cup.

The 27-year-old Kuerten has been a vocal critic of the Brazilian Tennis Federation for its failure to develop young players and provide established players with a voice in Federation decisions. Kuerten and several of his former Davis Cup teammates — including Flavio Saretta, Andre Sa — declared their discontent by declining to play in last weekend's 3-2 loss to Paraguay in Bahia, Brazil in protest over the Federation's policies. Kuerten made it clear he will not play Davis Cup as long as Nelson Nastas remains Federation president. Nastas announced he would step down from his post on May 15th and that new elections to fill the Federation's administration would be held the next day, but rumors persist that the elections will not be held.

The current state of Brazilian tennis has convinced Kuerten his boycott of Brazil's Davis Cup team was warranted. Kuerten made it clear he will not participate in the July Davis Cup tie against Venezuela unless Nastas honors his promise to resign his post.

"Each day more I am sure that I did the right thing when I decided not to play," Kuerten said. "Lots of people said I should play when Nelson announced he was leaving on May 15th and now they don’t even know if these elections are happening. Everything is very unclear. I am not a politician and I don’t know how these things work. What I do know is that I could be thinking only about myself and my career, but I am an idealist guy and the more active voice in tennis in Brazil and is my duty to do something for my sport."

Stressing that the Federation must build a sound foundation for Brazilian tennis by hosting more tournaments and establishing a central national training facility, Kuerten claims the current administration has failed to fully support Brazilian players at all levels.

"I have been talking to a lot to juniors, upcoming players, coaches and even parents and everybody is unhappy. We need more tournaments here, not like the Masters Cup that they wanted to have here some years ago, we need futures, satellites, a place where everybody can practice," Kuerten said. "That is what we want from the new administration. During this weekend we could see the reality of our tennis. Everybody said that we lost because we had inexperienced players, but players aged 24, 25, can’t be inexperienced. They must be ready to play Davis Cup, to play five set matches. Every where else we see players aged 16, 17, having great results. That’s because they have the support of the federation, they practice with good players all the time, they have something behind them. I hope that things change here and that I can play Davis Cup again."

The 22nd-ranked Brazilian, who underwent surgery on his right hip in February of 2002, said he still feels some pain in his hip, but characterized it as "insignificant" compared to the pain he felt before the surgery. Kuerten said Dr. Thomas Byrd, who performed the surgery in Nashville, recently examined his hip again and was pleased with what he saw.

"He said that the bone structure is great and that he is very satisfied with what he saw," Kuerten said. "Obviously, like every athlete, who is giving 100 percent on court every day, I have a pain here, a pain there, but it is nothing if compared with what I felt before the surgery. I can say it is insignificant. I still feel a little weak in moving around and in the resistance area, but I am working very hard on it and on my goals of having a great clay court season."

Playing with greater confidence on his favorite surface this season, Kuerten has reached the finals of two of the three clay-court events he's played this season. He lost to Fernando Gonzalez in the Vina del Mar final in February, but bounced back to beat Agustin Calleri, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, to claim his 20th career championship in Costa Do Sauipe, Brazil. A former finalist at both the Pacific Life Open and Nasdaq-100 Open, Kuerten did not win a match at either Masters Series hard court event last month, and is eager to regain his rhythm on clay.

The two-time Monte Carlo champion has committed to a complete clay-court schedule, starting at next week's Tennis Masters Series-Monte Carlo, followed by the Trofeo Conde de Godo in Barcelona, and consecutive Tennis Masters Series tournaments in Rome and Hamburg in preparation for Roland Garros. Eager and enthusiastic about the clay-court season, Kuerten is convinced he must play with positive emotion and take more chances on court if he is to reproduce the form he's shown on clay in the past.

"I am feeling really good and excited to play these tournaments. I wanna play like I have always played, being aggressive all the time," Kuerten said. "These are my favorite tournaments of the year and I have had great success in all of them. I know that after the surgery I faced a different reality and that last year I rushed things a little bit. I am facing these tournaments differently, knowing that in order to succeed I will have to play the same way I have played in the past, aggressive, happy and playing a risky game, even if I make some mistakes. I have good expectations, I played a lot of tennis during the Latin American circuit and as long as I return from this trip as happy as I am leaving, I will be satisfied. And this would be achieved with lots of victories and by having great moments too."

The champion who poured his heart out in Paris says Roland Garros will always hold a special place in his heart.

"From all these tournaments obviously the French is my favorite and I am having a good preparation," Kuerten said. "Arriving in Paris with a good result would be great for my confidence. I will try to do the best I can, inspire myself and try to have two happy weeks that will be forever remembered, like I have had three times before."

Tennis Week thanks Diana Gabanyi, Kuerten’s hard-working publicist and surrogate older sister, for providing an English translation of his comments.

Yes, Diana is the best :angel: Thanks for taking care of Guga all these years.

Billabong
04-16-2004, 03:42 AM
Thanks for the great articles Lee:worship:! I'm in a so good mood right now:D!

amethyst
04-17-2004, 04:17 PM
Thanks Lee for the articles! I´m glad Guga clarified all the rumours about pain and retirement.

amethyst
04-21-2004, 03:18 PM
From SI.com:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Gustavo Kuerten, winner of the RCA Championship in 2000, will enter the tennis tournament this year after a two-year absence.

The Brazilian also was runner-up in 2001 and has an 11-2 record in the tournament.


"He offers tennis fans a colorful game," tourney director Rob MacGill said. "When he defeated Marat Safin for the title in 2000, the crowd was electric in the finals. It was like watching a Davis Cup match between Brazil and Russia."

Billabong
04-22-2004, 03:56 AM
Thanks for the info Claudia:)!
GO GUGAAAA:banana:!!!

spiiky
05-30-2004, 07:57 PM
today I was reading the articles of Argentine newspapers and the truth that i put very happy

these are some:

TENNIS: KUERTEN I ELIMINATE FEDERER 1º Of the WORLD

The GUGA SHOW ""

A long time ago it lost the last name in Roland Garros. Here it is Guga, simply. Guga for all. Guga for those fifteen thousand people who tightened themselves in the imposing and filled Philippe Chatrier, the main scene of the French opened one, to see it, to applaud it, to admire it, to support it. Guga, nor what to say, for the Brazilians that they love it without limits and that appeared yesterday by the club to arm the first celebration around the brilliant tennis player of the skinny and gawky figure. This Guga of today, with its problems of hip always to hills, with its little previous expectations ("Al less I want to play a pair of parties; I have minimum possibilities to gain torneo", perhaps it declared in his first days in Paris, with logic), this Guga of the 27 years, devastated in French Saturday with the best player of the world, with a Roger Federer that surrendered as opposed to the hierarchy of that longilíneo of short hair, with dot of good type and an angel who causes that all they want it, that is the favourite of Roland Garros. Guga cleared a triple 6-4, in 2 hours and 3 minutes, and it put of head in the end eighth. And it already gained three parties... The yellow rowers of Brazil were in any corner of the stage. The flags, in much smaller amount, also were shaken to the rate of Guga, the absolute premises. The sun fell to plenary session on the Chatrier and the tennis of Guga illuminated almost equal. " Gu-ga, Gu-ga!", rugió the multitude in fifth game of the third Seth, when it broke to Federer to put itself 3-2. All beat the imminent victory. It arrived 5-4 above and it removed for match in the tenth game. "Dale, Guguiña", it encouraged one lady to it, elegant dressed and unmistakable Brazilian accent. The stage seemed to come down when it dispatched formidable drop to put itself 30-15. One came, came... In first match point, a bad return of serve of Federer hit against the network. The triple champion of Roland Garros (1997, 2000, 2001) stuck three short small jumps, facing the tribune, he tightened fists both, and he was given to the sound of its public. To the apotheosis. Ah... Guga is Gustavo Kuerten.




this is another one

With GUGA IT DOES NOT HAVE I NUMBER ONE THAT IS WORTH

Yesterday, Kuerten (28ø) swept to the Swiss in Paris, made it warm up, left like a an amateur it, in ridiculous situation. How it is explained that the 28 have gained him and not the 3? There are good players and champions. Kuerten is of the champions.

amethyst
06-27-2004, 04:01 PM
I found on terra.com a very long article and interview. It´s very interesting and insightful despite the usual awful translation. The link is http://esportes.terra.com.br/interna/0,,OI332544-EI2137,00.html

Guga says that it goes to play more per three years
Gabriele Hill Lancepress

To obtain a space in the agenda of Gustavo Kuerten is not simple task. Still more now, that its training had gained one "extra" of fisioterapia. Such routine alone allowed that the interview occurred in the fisioterapia clinic, to its second house. Luck of the excessively patient ones, that makes party all time that the illustrious son of Florianopólis arrives at the place. In the wait room, one lady of 70 years, anxious, asked: they "Quem comes here is the Guga, tenista?". It passes for a new phase. After assuming that still it feels pains in the hip, in April, during the Match of Barcelona, Guga had to rethink its career. Alliviated for more than not having to hide pains, it affirms: it will play, at least, per more three years. The new routine more leaves it close to house and the family. But also it saddens it for having to be little time in squares. E the fact to dispute little competitions practically hinders it to dream of the return to the places highest of rankings. Guga affirms that, this to happen of new, only if the Larri technician Steps and the Mariângela physiotherapist Rasp pushing slope above. To the 27 years, Guga has as example the American Andre Agassi, five years older. E says that, of the new harvest, the Argentine Guillermo Coria is the new king of the gross sand. Declaring itself very jalousie, it it wants to form its proper family, but not now. He already thinks about the one that will make when to hang raquetes: to attend a course college of chemistry or mathematics and to run the world in search of good waves.

You already feel yourself at home in this clinic? (laughs) Sufficiently. It has some years I I come here and now I have that to come each time more. In this last year I started to work the physical part more intensely and the trend really is this: that in the next years I take care of sufficiently of my physical part. Consequently, I go to always finish stopping here.

The fisioterapia is always here? Until not. It is sufficiently changeable. Of morning I make I work of academy, a well strong work to try to gain a little more than force. Later I come here, I make fisioterapia. After that, I beat a ball and later I come back pra here of new toward the Mari (Mariângela Rasp, physiotherapist) me "arrumar" (laughs) pra that I obtain to recoup me of one day for the other.

This recovery is difficult? It is difficult and it is most important. Nowadays my recovery has that to happen in a enough time so that my body obtains to be ready of new working. Since the Match of Barcelona I have that to take care of so that the following day can be better that the previous one and to não.fazer as happened old: to have one week excellent and later falling of production and having that to start of prop zero.

This new routine of intense fisioterapia bothers you? It is an adaptation phase. The secret is to try to be the lesser possible time (that it does not leave of being one five or six daily hours) making exercises. Each week we make something different to keep a motivation and not to fall in such a way in the routine.

In the start of the year, the doctor who operated you said that your hip was good. Everybody found that you it was well. After that you it abandoned the Match of Barcelona because of pains and admitted that you always felt them. Why you it minimized pains during these last two years? [/B] It wants or it does not want, the tennis is a well parallel dispute with the other tenistas. It arrives in a point, mainly inside of a departure, that you start to hide its same fatigue and pain or the nervousness. If I demonstrated that still I felt pain in the hip, I would be an advantage for my adversaries. But, of certain form, now that all already know of my limitation, for me, are better.

Now you feel yourself more alliviated, since they go to charge you little? I feel myself alliviated by my expectations more, not for the collection of the others. I started to see that the adversaries already have a planning to play against me. Now I have that to accept this and to try to deal with the situation of more realistic form.

This made you to change the plans? This situation made to see me the things clearest. I started to organize my plan of training well, to choose a match or two to play. Now I have that to use my force and my experience at the certain moment, the hour of the competition, and not to have consumings to toa. This will keep me motivated to search the height in some matches and not to be as old, when I played the entire year until supporting.

The Swedish Magnus Norman passed for the same surgery that you and never more obtained to arrive close to the level where it played. Certain time, it admitted that it thought about stopping to play tennis. And you? I also never obtained to come back to play as before. He, as well as it, also I thought about stopping. But, on the other hand, the fact to have to surpass the difficulties motivated me. Wise person who still had more to search in the tennis.

Is it worth the sacrifice? Yes, it´s worth the sacrifice.

How to explain what happened in Roland Garros? It was really the magic of the city that made you to surprise until most optimistical at the fans? The things more incredible that had happened in my life had been there. Already it had other incredible ones, as the Masters Cup, that I was successful exactly with the hurt coasts. But nothing it surpasses Paris. In this year it was clearly for the way as I obtained to recoup me. None another match of the circuit of the ATP would make me to search this energy to play of that form. Only Roland same Garros. I see as one rewards. He was very motivador. A certainty of that I am well technical. And gave a bigger gas to me to try to recoup me physically. I am certain of that if I to recoup me physically, will be able to play of equal for equal with any one.

For account of its physical problem, you it adopted one another tactics to play in Paris: to attack to close the game in the possible time shortest. Why you it did not act in the same way in other occasions? It does not advance to always leave playing to attack and suddenly to start to make a mistake. There in Roland Garros, it was the union of a series of factors. First, my attitude, the disposal to face everything what it came. Later, the concentration: to know that I already had passed for some adverse situations there in that one squares. And the third factor is the moment: I feel that what today is difficult tomorrow can not be, or vice versa.

This explains its irregularity? To a large extent. It had week that I was I superbem e, 15 days later, instead of being better, I I felt myself with difficulty to play, many pains. In all sport this happens: it is the moment.

The tennis is a psychological war? Beyond everything, yes. Today, for me, one became still more. Mainly in Roland Garros. To each one or colon, I have that to think about saving energy, not leaving enthusiastic.

This is a trend in the tennis? It always was, but I find that now the tennis is losing a little of this psychological side. He is very explosive. It is an imposition war. Who to take attitude since the start and to impose themselves in the departure is that it goes to give itself well. It does not have plus that business to be waiting a point, to wait the error of the adversary. This psychological side is more restricted to the Grand Slams. For being in five sets, the tenistas oscillate during the games and you it can use the psychological one as an important weapon.

Which tenistas are incased in this profile? He is funny, therefore I see examples distinct: those that draw spectacularly and force to define the points quickly, as the Andy Roddick and the Roger Federer; e those lesser faces, that they know to defend themselves well and to counterattack. It would be the case of the Lleyton Hewitt and the Guillermo Coria.

Of the tenistas that had come after you, which you would point as the new king of the gross sand? The Guillermo Coria comes if detaching as nobody. The way as it lost the control of the game during the end of Roland Garros was a surprise for me. It has a differentiated level. The people are few who obtain to earn of it. She has that to have a very great force, to know to play fast e to use the head very. It was a little what he happened with the Gastón Gaudio, but it only obtained because he took off advantage of the situation. To win the Coria he has that to be complete, not to have no defect.

Who is close to the level of him? I see the Juan Carlos Ferrero as one face that could be facing the Coria of equal for equal, but it had one year very difficult.

And you? You could be facing the Coria of equal for equal? I see myself in the same situation that the Ferrero. If I had a little more than physical force, if my body could demand a little more than all, I could give a canseira for it.

It gives to make friends in the tennis? How it is its relationship with the great tenistas of the circuit? It gives to make friends. But the friendship depends very on the etária band. It is therefore that I am not so friend of the Roddick, Federer, Coria. They are younger of the one than I. But I have good relationship with all. I was always much friend of the Fininho (Fernando Meligeni), of (Andres) the Sá, of (Flávio) the Saretta. Of the foreigners, (Nicolas) the Lappenti is one face with who I is given very well, beyond (Carlos) the Moyá. You have 28 years almost.

For the current tennis, already he is one of oldest. How you face to arrive close to the 30 years? In the practical one, I see two examples. One is of the Roddick, the Coria etc. They are tenistas well new. I already was in the circuit I have one four years when they had started. But also I see the faces oldest, that give example to me. As Andres Agassi, who has much more age of that I. When I age child it already played. El Aynaoui also has the Younes, that played very well in the last year. E the Albert Coast, that comes back and stocking is enters the best ones of the matches. They are not the faces that play the circuit intensely, as new, but, when they enter in the departure, they obtain to play of equal for equal against any one. Case in the departure against the Federer was mine...

What it motivates you to continue training and trying to recover? Valley the penalty to surpass pain? Valley the penalty. If it will be to analyze physically, the physical conditioning, I I am superbem. My problem is structural. A specific point that is not in the same level that the remaining portion of my body. If I to obtain to a bit balance my hip, ones 15% or 20%, will be able to compete in the highest level. He is therefore that I am in the fight. I am not in house, satisfied with everything what already it happened. I could be in house, calm, and alone to play one or another match.


Yes. If I was in the same rhythm of before, today I would be much more close to the end. The Agassi is my great example. Expensive one that it does not play 16 matches for ano.p more than Is difficult to open hand of matches? It is. A thing the one that I will have to adapt me is in relation to my expectations. I cannot more fondness reach ranking "X". This happened some times and was harmful. Now I have that to leave the this most subjective one and to search the happiness in day-by-day.

What you still waits of the tennis? Still it remains hope to come back to the top of ranking? As he said, I have that to leave the things in air. And is there that the team work enters. Today I feel well because I have people in who I trust to my side. The Larri (Steps, its technician) and the Mariângela are always saying that I have conditions to come back to the top, to win a Grand Slam. My future depends more on them of the one that of me. They are that they go to push me.

If you to keep the level that is today, will play for more how much time? If I will not have more falls, I can calmly play for plus one three years. As I am an optimistical person, he would say that I can play plus one five years.

You already think about the one that goes to make when to lock up its career? He has many things that I want to make. When I had one 20 years, I found that he would go to compete per little years. But this difficulty made me to change the form to think my career. Now, each time more I need to develop this side of "pessoa normal" (laughs).

It thinks about something specific? Still I did not think about nothing, but I have will to make innumerable things, as a chemistry college or mathematics, that is areas for which I is interested. Also I go to want to travel to catch wave. I obtained to develop to the maximum my professional life and now I want to make the same with my personal life: to tan my family more.

How he walks surfe? The Mariângela forbade to you to surfar? Not. Still well (laughs). To the times, I use surfe in the place of trainings physical, for example. Beyond everything, it is an excellent form to relax. Penalty that I do not have much time. I arrive to be three months without surfar.

You have surfistas friends? Yes, many friends. E I give myself superbem with the professionals. Many of them are come to live in Florianópolis, as the Fabinho. (Fabio Gouvêa, paraibano consolidated in Santa Catarina).
You obtain to take a normal life here in Florianópolis? Yes, clearly. I go to the cinema, I do not leave to make nothing here.

Which is the importance of an friend for the tenista? We have the example of the Agassi, that fell down disastrously from a high place when the Brookie Shields namorou. This subject is the watershed: athlete and person. Namorada can be good, legal, leave you happy, but not to be good for its career. There she is necessary to see until point the tenista is made use to have namorada that it is viable to give itself well or then to open hand of the professionalism to live its personal life. It fits to the athlete to perceive what it is really good for it. I twist so that the person to my side stimulates me, but find that he goes to arrive a moment where this person will be so important or more important that my career. Something is natural. Today I am calm. I have a legal relationship. The apóia Letícia me sufficiently (namora Guga has almost two years the advertising executive Letícia Böttcher, who released the model career. Before, it namorou the Maryeva models Oliveira and Vanessa Schutz).

It followes you in the matches? Lately it has followed some times to give a force to me. At this time in Barcelona, when I was treating itself, it was for there, therefore wise person who would not be easy to be without competing. It is always supporting, trying to give me an energy. Only aid. If to continue thus, will be important. But this sentimental side is difficult to foresee. It is more unexpected than my hip (laughs).

You think about marriage, children? Yes. Much more things in my life exist that my career. One of them is to keep me together to my family and later creating my proper family, to have new experiences, to see a child to grow. Only that it is a new phase. It would not be adjusted to the life that I lead today. If it happened now, would limit sufficiently my professional life, mainly for I to be one face that gives much value to the family.

You he is very jalousie? Sufficiently. I am jalousie with everything, with not only namorada. My profession becomes me a jalousie person, therefore everything turns in function of my will. But, as I am a very transparent person, the jealousy does not arrive to affect me. I have that to make only one small process of adequacy (laughs).
You find that the ascension of the Argentine tenistas is a faithful picture of that must have here been done in Brazil? It is not a picture of that he must have here been done. It is a great example of organization of the sport, but the truth is that it is about something very specific of the Argentina school. The mentality of them is different.

You it is idolatrado by the international press. Note difference between the treatment that receives there is here and in Brazil? I am not very in top of that he is propagated here on me. In some places the tennis school is deeper, more studied than here. In the United States, France and Spain have plus a culture of the tennis. Here, if I to give to me well, I will be recognized. If I will be badly, I will be charged. But this is natural. As also it is natural that here I more am questioned on my personal life. But I believe that it is a process.

Fast Game:
What he takes off you of the serious one: The envy
the good side of the fame: The success that I acquired in my career, for having conquered my objectives
the bad side of the fame: Insignificant if it is compared with the good things that they had come
a good souvenir: I have good souvenirs of the time where it was looking Passover eggs when it was small
City of the heart: Florianópolis
musical Preference: Bob Marley
Television, cinema or theater: Theater a good film: "Um Dream of Liberdade" (1994), with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman
favourite Plate: Stuffed Tainha
Candy: Dessert of sigh with strawberry, that the Bernadete makes here in house
does not pass in the stomach: Cucumber
What it likes to drink: Isotônicas drinks
Actor and actress: Tone Hanks and Jodie Foster
Radio when I listen: The Voice of Brazil
Ídolo: Ayrton Senna
Tattooing: Mine (a sun, with a face of woman, in the right hand)
Part of the body: brain Cut of hair:
The most easy Dream of consumption: To continue increasing my collection of CDs professional Dream: A olímpica medal
Better place to compete: Roland Garros
the best one of the profession: The competition
the worse one of the profession: The individuality
To who would not loan raquete: Pro Rafa (brother), it not to gain of me
Who would call for a beat-ball: The singer Ben Harper
Who would like to interview: The Tone Jobim and the Vinícius

Lee
06-27-2004, 04:47 PM
Thanks for the article Claudia :hatoff: and will read it later as I have to go now.

Billabong
06-28-2004, 04:58 AM
Thanks for the great article Claudia.. I don't know why, but I feel sad reading it :sad:... I don't like when he talks about retirement (in 3 years), I just can't imagine tennis without Guga... He deserves so much to be healthy, I hope he continues to enjoy tennis and be successful:D!!!

amethyst
06-29-2004, 06:16 PM
Seb, I understand your feelings, but I didn´t feel sad when I read it. I think it´s positive he seems to be so clear and realistic about his situation (that his body is not the same anymore) but is still determined to deal with it. Right now I´m glad he doesn´t give in to the pain, so I would be more than happy to have him around three more years.

spiiky
06-30-2004, 12:41 AM
simply, GUGA a MASTER, ES increDible the simple thing that am, whenever reads something of him, I it likes more, he is very LIKEABLE,it enchanted IF WOULD DEPEND OF HE HAVE WOULD PLAY MAS OF 5 YEARS,THAT PLAYS 3 YEARS MORE EQUAL PUTS HAPPY VERY TO ME..... IT DIDN'T PLEASE ME FOR ANYTHING WHEN IT SPOKE OF LETICIA.. but it does not modify my love to HIS. HE is THE best!!... it holds GUGA! GUGA I LOVE YOU ..... WE LOVED TO YOU GOOD LUCK IN ATENAS!!!!!!!!!!

Billabong
06-30-2004, 03:41 AM
yep Claudia, let's hope he enjoys these 3 years to the maximum, that he stays healthy and if possible, that he's successful:p!!!

Billabong
06-30-2004, 03:42 AM
I agree Florencia :hug:! Guga's tha king:D!!!

Cris
07-02-2004, 01:50 AM
Guga in Olympics :) Sorry, it's in portuguese: http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/diaadia/ult138u19264.htm

Lee
07-02-2004, 02:46 AM
Thanks Cris!

Similar article on Guga's web site and this is the English version

GUGA: ` OUR SPORT IS GETTING STRONGER IN THE OLYMPICS AND THIS YEAR WE HAVE THE STRONGEST FIELD EVER `

Fonte: EQUIPE GUGA


Gustavo Kuerten got to know today the players whom he might face in the Athens Olympic Games, on his way towards a medal.

From Roger Federer on, almost every player ahead of Guga, with the expection of Lleyton Hewitt, Sjeng Schalkend and Andre Agassi, are on the list released today by the ITF.

`As the years go by tennis is becoming more important in the Olympics. I think that with the competition being part of the world rankings many players also decided to play and this year we definitely have the strongest field ever,` said Guga, from his hometown of Florianopolis, where he has been practicing.

Guga will be home until the end of July, when he travels to Canada, to play the ATP Masters Series in Toronto, then going to Cincinnati and following on to Athens.

Lee
07-02-2004, 02:55 AM
The English version is shorter than the Portuguese version which has more information.

Billabong
07-02-2004, 04:01 AM
Thanks everyone:D! GO GUGZ:woohoo:!!!

holagirl56
07-12-2004, 09:30 PM
I feel sad about his eventual retirement too, but he has lasted longer than most tennis players, and has had more achievments than some tennis players have had in their entire careers.

spiiky
07-14-2004, 06:41 PM
Guga is almost ready for them squares fast

The Brazilian tenista Gustavo Kuerten, the Guga, is entering in the final straight line of preparation for the season of matches in squares fast. After being outside of the Grand Slam de Wimbledon, in the London gram, it it travels in the next week to dispute two Masters Series (of Toronto and Cincinnati), the Olimpíada de Atenas and the last Grand Slam of the year, the US Open (Opened of the United States). It has more than five Guga weeks is if preparing to compete of equal for equal with the best tenistas of the world. It only has dedicated some hours of the day for the physical preparation and the fisioterapia. Its training with ball has been, in average, of 90 minutes daily. The tenista is making the final adjustments to come back to compete. it more "Estou focado in the details, with sufficient trainings of speed and booty and devolution, that are important in square rápida", it said. it "Estou giving to attention for this part technique, but without neglecting of the fisioterapia and the part of physical preparation. I am working very pulled out and the reaction to the booty and devolution, always with the objective to be more to the possible will in quadra", it explained. Guga follows training in Florianópolis, this week, with the youthful Canadian Pierre Duclos, and travels for Canada in next day 21.

spiiky
07-14-2004, 06:48 PM
this translated to english, was in Portuguese. something is understood

spiiky
07-31-2004, 02:35 AM
After reaching the eighth-of-end of the Masters Series of Toronto, with victories on Tim Henman and Robby Ginepri, the Brazilian tenista Gustavo Kuerten, the Guga, it travelled, in this sixth, motivated for Cincinnati, in the United States. In the next week, it it disputes the Mastes local Series, the last match before the Games Olímpicos of Atenas. The Olimpíada, by the way, is the main objective of the tenis player, that if removed of squares them during two months to be able to recover of pains in the hip and to arrive in full form in Atenas. "I was to Toronto and the important one is well that I felt that I am playing well, of equal for equal with the faces that are between the best ones and in competitive way. It was this what I was searching", Guga said. But the Brazilian felt one taste, bitter taste, in the night of thursday, as the game that made in the same day, in Toronto, and lost for it checks Jan Hernych, after to have drawee for the game in the 5/4 of as set and to have had match point in tie-break of the series. it "I playing well, with the game practically profit and in the hour to finish I gave Hesitated. In third set I already was tired, the face did not confused nothing and was growing. But it was a good week, gave much pleasure to me to play, much spirit and in the end, the difference was that in the others two games that I earned, I used to advantage the possibility when I had and against the Hernych, left to scape", it affirmed There with a record of 15 victories in 20 games disputed in Cincinnati, Guga is one of the wanted players more of the local public and plays its last match before the Games Olímpicos of Atenas

spiiky
07-31-2004, 02:37 AM
The title of this article is " satisfied GUGA travels to cincinatti "

Billabong
07-31-2004, 02:22 PM
Thanks for the article Florencia :hug:! Guga seems happy:D!

brazuca5copas
10-26-2004, 03:05 AM
Hi guys , I read this today and I liked so much , it’s brazilian super model Gisele Bundchen talking about Guga yesterday.

10-24-2004
Gisele is the star of the GP Brazil
São Paulo - Super model number 1 in the world, the brazilian Gisele Bundchen,
was the great star yesterday in Interlagos where it gave the final flag in the Grand Prix of Brazil of formule 1. It gained the center of the attentions, letting in the second plain Rubens Barrichello and, who would say, Michael Schumacher.
For return of 12h15, when she walked for paddock, the whole world reporters if had
agglomerated in its return. And Schumacher, good close and forgotten bythe reporters, looked at scared. Perhaps never it was to imagine that, it could pass some minutes disregarded in his habitat.
In contrast of that it occurred with Pelé in 2002, Gisele was intent to the arrival and gave the final flag in the right moment that the Colombian Juan Pablo Montoyacrossed the final line. "Thank you Rubens, in next time you are successful", said the model.
During the race, for approximately 30 minutes,the actor Leonardo DiCaprio girlfriend's
talked, with exclusiveness, to our reporter.
AE - What it is finding of the run (made one 25 minutes that had
started the GP)?
Gisele Bundchen - I am finding very coll. I liked when Rubinho
exceeded that idiot (Kimi Raikonnen, that had exceeded it in the
jettison). I am looking at this magazine here (of the official program
of the GP of Brazil, that was on the table) and felt miss of the
Senna. If he was here, would win.
AE - Frequently to attend the races?
GB - Not, even because I have no time and, in the United States, almost
they do not transmit Formula 1.

AE - What it represented you to be called to give the final flag?
GB - I came to here (it cancelled a commitment in London) because it is not
all day that if has a chance of these. I am Brazilian, I have pride of
being Brazilian and I came to here for love, I did not ask for no
cent. I do not know nobody there it are that I in such a way say of
Brazil how much.

AE - Do you like like sports or not?
Yes, but I don'tt have much time to see games. When I can, I see the
Guga. Beyond talent, he is one of the people more incredible than
I know, I adore him. Last week I spoke to the telephone with him and
Guga said me that its recovery is above of the waited one. This left
me very happy, I know that in the circuit of tennis at the moment alone
it speaks in Federer and Roddick but next year I am certain that
Guga goes to come back again to the top and appositive 100% in him for
Roland Garros.


Yes Gisele , I agree with you !!!!!!
For who don't know who is her I posted this pics.

Billabong
10-26-2004, 03:56 AM
awww thanks for this awesome article:hug:! Gisele seems great, plus I'm very happy to see Guga confident with his progress:D!

Billabong
10-26-2004, 03:56 AM
I totally agree with Gisele:worship:!

Lee
10-26-2004, 10:35 PM
:mad: she bad mouthed Kimi. :p But I forgive her as she's a friend of Guga ;)

Billabong
10-26-2004, 11:27 PM
lol Lee;)!

nursie
10-29-2004, 05:15 AM
:mad: she bad mouthed Kimi. :p But I forgive her as she's a friend of Guga ;)

You're a Kimmi fan too! It's a pitty he doesn't have much of a personality though. What is it with Guga and models?

PennyThePenguin
11-02-2004, 09:34 AM
heeeeeyyyyyy she bad mouthed kimiiiiii!!!! baaaaddddd gisele.... ah weell...she was being patriotic i guess...seeing as it was barichello...hmph...

nice what she said abt guga though!

spiiky
11-08-2004, 04:36 PM
Gustavo Kuerten badly finishes the year located in rankings of the Association them Tenistas Profissionais (ATP) divulged in the monday. In the Race of the Champions, Guga lost two vacant, falling for 36º. rank, while in the list of Entrances, the Brazilian already appears in 40º. Now the alterations will be only enter the eight first ones of the Race, that will dispute the Masters Cup from the next week, match that locks up the year. The catarinense does not play since that it was submitted to the second surgery in the hip, in 21 of September. It is in its native land, where he folloies the World-wide one of Surfe. Humorado well, Kuerten affirms that the recovery is good, but prefers to não.fazer forecasts on its return.

spiiky
11-08-2004, 04:44 PM
I believe that it is yesterday of this photo in the world-wide one of surf
I DONT LIKE WITH THAT " Beard "... :bigcry: ...
I hope that GUGA returns to play professionally, because by the things that I read that it says it very little matters to him to return!> that they think??

Lee
11-12-2004, 12:51 AM
From tennisweek http://www.sportsmediainc.net/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=11751&bannerregion=

Guga Not Rushing Rehab

By Richard Pagliaro
11/10/2004

A second arthroscopic hip surgery hasn't stopped Gustavo Kuerten from tournament play — but this tournament features splashes instead of shots and Guga has been watching rather than playing.



The three-time Roland Garros champion took time off from his ongoing physical therapy to take the recent Surfing World Championships Tournament in his hometown of Florianopolis, Brazil.

An avid surfer and fan of the sport, Kuerten chatted with his favorite surfer, Kelly Slater, and witnessed Andy Irons win his third WCT title.

"It is great to see all the best surfers in the world, here in my city," Kuerten said.

The Brazilian beach was a long way from the training table in Pittsburgh where Kuerten has been spending time rehabbing his hip. The former No. 1 underwent arthroscopic surgery on his hip on September 21st at the Center of Sports Medicine in Pittsburgh. Bone spurs blocking Kuerten's hip movement were removed and the anterior capsule of the hip was tightened to strengthen the joint’s stability. Dr. Marc Philippon, a member of the surgical team that conducted the procedure, prescribed a rehab program that could span four to six months.

"The surgery was successful. We were able to remove all the injuries that were causing pain and blocking the movement," said Dr. Philippon.

Since the surgery, Kuerten has been splitting time between Philippon's Pittsburgh rehab center and his Florianopolis home. Late last month, Kuerten began walking without crutches and has recently increased his regiment of walking though he cannot run yet.

"I spend some weeks here and some weeks in the States, and everything is going fine," Kuerten said. "Once I got off the crutches, about 10 days ago, and started walking again I have been feeling much better. I am able to walk for some hours but I am still not running."

Kuerten is currently entering phase two of a three-phase rehab program for Kuerten. Phase one featured rest and light exercise to permit the tissues around the joint to heal. In the second phase, Guga will engage in a more rigorous, supervised exercise program in an effort to strengthen and stabilize the muscles around the hip. The third phase of rehab will prepare Kuerten for a return to competition.

Magnus Norman, Kuerten's opponent in the 2000 Roland Garros final, recently retired after spending recent years struggling with hip problems. While Norman's hip injury is thought to be more severe than Kuerten's, Guga is proceeding with caution and does not want to rush the rehab process and risk re-injury.

"I am not gonna rush anything. The doctors are happy with my progress, but it is a slow process," Kuerten said. "I am putting all my efforts into the rehab but I am also enjoying my time with my family and girlfriend (Leticia), and seeing some life outside the tennis tour, enjoying the trips without the rush of the tournaments. It is hard to put any dates or time to be competing again, but I will be back next year, very motivated and I should be ready and in shape to play Roland Garros and even the tournaments before."

When he's not relaxing watching surfers ride the waves, Kuerten spends some time surfing the 'Net. Guga was one of the first prominent players to recognize the power of a personal web site to reach tennis fans. Kuerten has maintained his official web site Guga.com since 1997 with the current format in place since 2000 and characterizes his official site as a "crucial" source of communication with his fans.

"I think it is something that has become very important," Kuerten told Tennis Week in a recent email interview. "Through the web site all the fans can be well informed of where I am, how I am playing, what I am doing when I am not competing, etc., and they can be sure it is official news, not rumors. Then, I get involved directly on recording some messages to the fans and giving ideas such as when I have to be off the tour for some weeks, to show how my physical therapy treatment was going to be like."

Kuerten has undergone two hip procedures in the past two and a half years.

On May 26th, 2002, Kuerten underwent arthroscopic hip surgery in Nashville and returned to tournament tennis two months later. Though he went on to win his first career title in Brazil on hard court in September of 2002, the man many players regard as the premier clay-court player of his generation has not surpassed the quarterfinals in nine Grand Slam events since his surgery. He has won three tournament titles — Auckland and St. Petersburg last year and his second career Costa Do Sauipe championship this year — in the past two years and was runner-up to Lleyton Hewitt in the 2003 Indian Wells final.

His best Grand Slam result since his initial surgery came last spring when the charismatic Kuerten beat top-ranked Roger Federer en route to the Roland Garros quarterfinals where he suffered a
2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7(6) setback to David Nalbandian. In the aftermath of that match, Kuerten conceded he was not 100 percent healthy.

The gregarious Guga will be home throughout the rest of November, spending time with his family and friends, celebrating the birth of his niece Larissa (his brother Rafael’s daughter born last week) and his grandmother Olga Schloesser's 83rd birthday, before returning to Pittsburgh in December for more rehab. He plans to maintain his connection with fans through Guga.com.

"I really hope they have fun and that they can get a real idea of myself, of what I am doing, of my activities and that they can feel close to me," Kuerten told Tennis Week.

PennyThePenguin
11-12-2004, 01:26 AM
thanks for the article LEE!!!! :hug:

brazuca5copas
11-12-2004, 10:54 AM
Thank you Lee !!!!!!!

sol
11-12-2004, 11:43 AM
Thanks Lee! :D :hug:

amethyst
11-12-2004, 01:32 PM
Great article, thanks Lee :hug: I´m glad Guga enjoys his rehab time :banana:

Cris
11-13-2004, 10:49 PM
Thanks for the article, Lee! :hug:

brazuca5copas
11-27-2004, 12:52 AM
Institute of Guga announces awarding winners
26/11/2004 às 15h33
Florianópolis (SC) -The Institute Guga Kuerten announces to 20h of tuesday, in
party in the FIESC of Florianópolis, the winners of 2° Prize IGK, the
Great Social Play. They will be awardees best in the categories the
journalism, athlete, clubs and FAPS. The winners will divide R$ 12.000,00
The prize was created with the objective to show that people and
organizations, by means of responsible actions, can collaborate for
the improvement of the society. Presentations are programmed for the
ceremony that integrate the projects of the Institute.
Established in August of 2000, the Institute Guga Kuerten acts in the
areas of Special Education and Social Integration of People with
Necessities and Sport as Strategy of Integral Development of Children
and Adolescents. More than 10.000 people already had been
benefited by the entity, presided over for Alice Kuerten, mother of
Guga.
The brazilian tennis player received in March the Humanitarian
Trophy from the ATP, for his works is of squares them, in the institute
that takes his name.

PennyThePenguin
11-27-2004, 03:39 AM
nice... thanks brazuca

Billabong
11-27-2004, 06:01 AM
:D

amethyst
12-03-2004, 08:38 PM
Guga met today the president of Brazil (article from terra.com.br, babelfish translation). I posted some pics in the picture thread.

Guga recepciona Lula and gives raquete as gift

The tenista Gustavo Kuerten met for the first time, in this friday, with president Luiz Inácio Da Silva, in Florianópolis. The tricampeão of Roland Garros recepcionou him in the arrival to the catarinense capital, in the Hercílio Airport Light. Guga presenteou Lula with one of his raquetes and gave to another one for the grandson of president, João Gabriel, born in day 20 of November, in Santa Catarina.
"Lula gave a left footprint, but he cannot play very much, he has to take care of of the shoulder and to make fisioterapia, as me", Guga said. Tenista number one of Brazil still is in phase of recovery of a surgery in the hip and said that the visit of the president is an incentive for his return to the court. "It´s a gold chance that I had, to know the president together with my family. For me it symbolizes sufficiently this phase of recovery I am in", said the tenista. "For me this meeting is an incentive more in the recovery. Lula is a fighter and needed much perseverance to arrive where he is".

brazuca5copas
12-03-2004, 08:50 PM
Thanks Amethyst !!!!

brazuca5copas
12-10-2004, 12:59 AM
Guga receives prizes for "attitudes" off court.
09/12/2004 às 17h30
Pittsburgh (EUA) - Known for his charisma on the professional circuit, Gustavo
Kuerten one more time was awardee for his attitudes. In election of
the ATP, that pointed the 10 better moments of tennis players off court
and that they had contributed for the spreading of the sport in
2004, the Brazilian received two mentions.
One of them was the trainings of a boat for that it made with the
Argentine Guillermo Coria, in beach Monte Carlo. The trick happened in
April and was in sixth place in the listing of the ATP. Another
moment, that was in tenth place, happened little before the olimpycs game,
when the tennis player loaded the torch in Rio De Janeiro.
The election of the ATP is part of the Stars Program, where the
players participate of activities with the public or the media. Always
for where it passes, Guga is one of the most requested for the
organizators to be star of interviews or activities. During the ATP
of Auckland, for example, he made a panoramic flight for the city and
was until Piha Beach to attend the world-wide championship of surfe,
one of his passions.
In ATP of Viña del Mar, was attraction of tv show and gave clinic for poor children.
In Brazil Open, participated of historical meeting with Maria Esther Bueno.
In the Masters Series Miami, it received the trophy "Humanitarian from the ATP", in central court of the Crandon Park. Already in Barcelona, he gained the prize "Note 10", of the press, he found with Ronaldinho Gaucho and he play guitar in the dinner of the Players.
Other important moments of Guga in 2004 had happened in Roland Garros,
with the "Trophy Orange", of more simpatic player. In as the semester,
exactly having competed little, he play guitar in the dinner of the
tennis players in the Masters Series Cincinnati, had a series of meeting
with the media in the US Open and did photos with Gaston Gaudio
in the Paulista Avenue, during the Challenge Brazil x Argentina.
"I thing that this only let me more motivated and happy, with
more will still to follow working in the reabilitation to come back to
play. E means what I represent for the world-wide tennis ", said one
livened up Guga from Pittsburgh, in the United States, where it is
evaluated, for the doctor Marc Philippon, who operated it of the hip
in day 21 of September.

Billabong
12-10-2004, 04:24 AM
thanks:D! awesome article, Guga's great as always:D

amethyst
12-10-2004, 04:19 PM
An article from tennisweek.com about Nastas and CBT

Brazilian Federation President Bounced From Office

By Tennis Week
12/09/2004

The Brazilian Tennis Federation board of directors was bounced from office by a judge in Brazil who found financial improprieties. The Brazilian court removed former Federation president Nelson Nastas from his post and replaced him with Sergio de Carvalho, who owns tennis academies in the country.

Former Federation president Nastas has been charged with embezzling about $41,000 allocated to the Federation from the Brazilian government and using the money for his personal interests.

Nastas has been under fire since March when several top Brazilian pros, including three-time Roland Garros champion Gustavo Kuerten, publicly campaigned against the corruption within his administration. Chaos and controversy surrounded the federation as Kuerten, Flavio Saretta and Andre Sa led a collection of players who refused to represent Brazil in its Americas Zone Group I Davis Cup tie against Paraguay April 9-11th in Bahia, Brazil as a protest against Nestas' administration and the Federation's failure to develop young players and give current team members a greater voice in Davis Cup decisions.

"But for Brazilian tennis and the future players, I had to choose this way seeing that the current administration has made little effort to develop tennis and help the young players," Kuerten said in March. "When we win, we players are praised. When we lose, as we did against Canada last year, we take the blame, not the federation."

As part of an investigation into the Federation's reported financial irregularities, Federal police raided Federation offices in Sao Paulo and seized documents. After Jorge Lacerda, president of the Santa Catarina state federation, called for officials to launch impeachment proceedings, Nastas announced he would resign and said the Federation would stage a new election and allow the Brazilian players to select the coaching staff for its Davis Cup tie. However, the president reneged on that promise and remained in office.

Nastas, whose term was set to expire on December 31st, is now out of office and new elections for the open seats on the board will be held.

brazuca5copas
12-10-2004, 07:25 PM
Thank's a lot !!!!

brazuca5copas
12-16-2004, 07:21 PM
ATP chooses Guga to open section of relationship with fans
16/12/2004 às 16h08
Monte Carlo (Mônaco) - The ATP announced in this thursday, Monte Carlo, the choice of Gustavo Kuerten, to initiate a new campaign of relationship with the fans,
through the site www.atptennis.com.
From January, the entity will place in air a new session, called "Fan Mail",
where the fans will be able to send e-mails and questions for the tennis players.
To initiate new campaign, the ATP, that is with all his staff of communication congregated for the annual meeting, in Monte Carlo, chose Gustavo Kuerten.
From January, the entity will place in air a new session, called "Fan
Mail", where the fans will be able to send e-mails and questions for
the tennis players. To initiate new campaign, the ATP, that is with all his
staff of communication congregated for the annual meeting, in Monte Carlo, chose Gustavo Kuerten.
"We, of the communication and the Stars Program, choose Guga
being because his is the most charismatic player and simpatic of the circuit and he has a great relationship with the fans" said Benito Perez Barbadillo,director of Communications of the ATP and Relations with Latin America.
"Guga goes to start our first Mail Bag", continued Barbadillo,
remembering that Guga has an image admired for all. "He attracts fans
in any place of the world and has a positive and very important image
for the circuit."
With 20 titles conquered , between them the tri champion of Roland
Garros and the Masters Cup of Lisbon, and 43 weeks in the leadership
of ranking world-wide, Guga is one of the great names of the history
of the tennis.
Currently, he loses for Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt
in number of titles in the circuit and is only 10° player of history
in number of weeks as number 1 of the world, to the front of Andy
Roddick, Marat Safin, Carlos Moya, Boris Becker, Mats Wilander and
Patrick Rafter, among others. When finishing the year 2000 as leader
world-wide it ranking, winning the Masters Cup of Lisbon, the
Brazilian if became the first South American to reach such fact and
the first player to defeat Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, in
the same competition.
Guga continues in Pittsburgh recouping of the surgery the one that
was submitted in the right hip, in September of this year. Out court
the brazilian player also conquered some
titles as de "Presidente of Charities of the ATP", the "Humanitarian
Prize Arthur Ashe" for his action with the Institute Guga Kuerten,
gained for three times the "Prize Orange", given for the world-wide
press, and from 2004 also for the public, for the player most likeable
of the circuit and that more good it takes care of the press. It also
already gained the Prize of UNESCO, youth and civilization, had a
stamp launched in his homage for the Post offices, gained the heading
of Player Note 10 of the Spanish press, between many others would
honor.

tall_one
12-16-2004, 10:29 PM
:woohoo:

Billabong
12-17-2004, 12:39 AM
:yeah: great news:D!

LiZpHaIr
12-17-2004, 01:02 AM
Thanks for the articles guys!

PennyThePenguin
12-17-2004, 03:29 AM
OOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :woohoo: fan mail lol....i'm sure guga's a much better choice than hippos ;)

junekidd
12-17-2004, 06:39 AM
:woohoo:
great!!!
jiat, do you really think it is better to choose guga rather than hippo? ;) both are great, right?

amethyst
12-17-2004, 06:55 PM
Guga is for sure a good choice to start with this fan-mail-thing :) It´s great to see he´s still so popular although he is struggling for quite a long time.

PennyThePenguin
12-19-2004, 12:55 PM
june...guga's a better choice cos i think he'd make more effort.... marat gives me the impression that he'd rather sleep or eat than answer fan mail. even though he's really nice to fans.

Billabong
01-31-2005, 01:49 PM
Guga sanctions "Solidary Day" in Floripa 28/01/2005 to 18h57 Florianópolis (SC) - Gustavo Kuerten will be in the Kioski of the Pirate, in the Brave Beach, in this Saturday, 29 of January, promoting a social action. The objective of the event "One Day Solidary" is to collect deep for one of the projects of the Institute Guga Kuerten, Learning in the Sport, that benefits to 130 children and adolescents of low income, in Florianópolis. All the income collected in this Saturday with venda of sandwiches (R$ 6,00) and of the t-shirt of the event (R$ 30,00) will be reverted for Learning in Esporte and Guga guaranteed, that independent of rain, the "Solidary Day," goes to happen and it goes to be there, having to arrive for return of the noon. In case that rain is strong, the Institute Guga Kuerten already announced that it will continue the "Solidary Day" in the next end-of-week (6 February), with the objective to collect more mount of money for the project Learning in the Sport, that currently is 100% banked for the IGK, with the partnerships of the Lagoon Yacht Club, Udesc, Univali, Head and Instituto Ayrton Senna.

Tytta!.
02-02-2005, 10:33 PM
Didn't know where to post it... Anyway last weekend Guga did a little charity event in a beach where all sadwiches and T-shirts of the event that were sold would help out his chiarity foundation... They raised R$15.000 (about $5.000) :) Guga said even though it was raining and the weather sucked that weekend, lots of people visited, took pics with him and got autographs :)

blosson
02-02-2005, 11:11 PM
Didn't know where to post it... Anyway last weekend Guga did a little charity event in a beach where all sadwiches and T-shirts of the event that were sold would help out his chiarity foundation... They raised R$15.000 (about $5.000) :) Guga said even though it was raining and the weather sucked that weekend, lots of people visited, took pics with him and got autographs :)

oh, were you there?

Tytta!.
02-02-2005, 11:31 PM
oh, were you there?

No... Though I wish I was :lol: I just read it so I thought I'd let you know :)

junekidd
02-03-2005, 03:06 AM
june...guga's a better choice cos i think he'd make more effort.... marat gives me the impression that he'd rather sleep or eat than answer fan mail. even though he's really nice to fans.

I know that jiat. how can you compare us with food and sleep if we talk abt Marat? :p just kidding. while I promise I would send him some delicious food if he answers fan mial. ;)

thanks a lot for the info, Tytta. :worship: glad to hear that Guga enjoys his life besides tennis. :) I wish I was there too!!!

Lee
02-03-2005, 04:35 AM
Didn't know where to post it... Anyway last weekend Guga did a little charity event in a beach where all sadwiches and T-shirts of the event that were sold would help out his chiarity foundation... They raised R$15.000 (about $5.000) :) Guga said even though it was raining and the weather sucked that weekend, lots of people visited, took pics with him and got autographs :)

I think the event is to raise fund for Guga's institute?

Tytta!.
02-03-2005, 11:35 AM
I think the event is to raise fund for Guga's institute?

Yep

Tytta!.
02-03-2005, 11:35 AM
thanks a lot for the info, Tytta. :worship: glad to hear that Guga enjoys his life besides tennis. :) I wish I was there too!!!

You're welcome :) And yeah... I wish I was there too :(

PennyThePenguin
02-03-2005, 01:18 PM
Didn't know where to post it... Anyway last weekend Guga did a little charity event in a beach where all sadwiches and T-shirts of the event that were sold would help out his chiarity foundation... They raised R$15.000 (about $5.000) :) Guga said even though it was raining and the weather sucked that weekend, lots of people visited, took pics with him and got autographs :)

thanky melon for the news......

Tytta!.
02-03-2005, 01:21 PM
:sobbing: Can you get rid of this melon thing? :lol:

PennyThePenguin
02-03-2005, 01:27 PM
no i cannot. imagine how deb would feel if we did..she'd be so traumatised..her melon.......

Tytta!.
02-03-2005, 01:29 PM
:haha: :haha: uhm... well... okay... :sobbing:

brazuca5copas
02-05-2005, 02:27 AM
Guga will be in Costa do Sauípe.
04/02/2005 às 23h16
Gustavo Kuerten and Fila, Italian mark of sporting stuff, had
still not arrived at an agreement. Despite this, the conversations
between Kuerten and Fila, that had been initiated in the end of the
last year, are a good signal and demonstrate that Guga plans a
return in high style. He only must pronounce your calendar of
return during the week of Brazil Open, when he will be in
the Costa do Sauipe for a promocional action of the Bank of
Brazil, his main sponsor.

amethyst
02-05-2005, 07:10 PM
Thanks for the article. Some how I can´t imagine Guga in Fila clothes :confused:

Tytta!.
02-05-2005, 10:41 PM
It's official that Fila and Guga didn't make the deal ;)

PennyThePenguin
02-06-2005, 03:18 AM
guga in fila....:p not nice methinks...then again, what do i know. but i'm glad he's not going the fila way

Billabong
02-06-2005, 03:38 AM
Guga would be best with Diadora I think:) Fila would be strange:eek: but definitely not Nike:tape: lol;)! This is just not Guga's personality;)!

Lee
02-06-2005, 03:57 AM
Fila is definitely not for Guga but it's nice to have a clothing deal. Anything looks better than his Head tennis shirt :rolleyes:

Trying to imagine Guga in the blue or red tye-dye shirts. :haha: :haha:

Tytta!.
02-06-2005, 06:13 PM
Guga gave an interview to a Brazilian newspaper and he said his goals for 2005 are obviously Roland Garros and to come back with no pain in his hip. He also said that he's trying not to think of what it's gonna be when he comes back so he can enjoy his results a lot more. He talked about his coach being one of the most expected names to be DC's coach, saying that it'd be great if that happens cos it'd interest many sponsors, etc... I'll try to translate the whole thing to you later on :)

star
02-06-2005, 07:40 PM
I loved Guga in Diadora. I wish he would go back to them.

I think his loyality to Bank of Brazil has made it difficult to negotiate a clothing deal with some companies. Also I think shoes are very important for Guga with his hip injury. He has to have the freedom to wear the shoes that are best for him. These clothing companies want a head to toe deal with players.

Tytta!.
02-06-2005, 08:51 PM
:wavey: Star
I agree with what you said :)

Billabong
02-07-2005, 03:49 AM
Yep! The only Head shirt I liked was the one he wore against Schuettler in Monte Carlo:)

junekidd
02-07-2005, 03:08 PM
thanks for the infos. :worship:
I love him in diadora too. this year the Fila clothes looks great. but it is not GUGA's style. as for the shoes, I agree with star. wish he could choose them free.

Lee
02-09-2005, 08:22 PM
http://esportes.terra.com.br/interna/0,,OI468821-EI2137,00.html

Nothing new. It reports Guga starts hitting the balls since February and will return to play in April but not confirming whether it will be TMS Monte Carlo.

Tytta!.
02-10-2005, 02:30 AM
Well he said he's going to look at the calendar and see a tournament he enjoys playing in April and hopefully have a good comeback :)

Billabong
02-10-2005, 03:01 AM
thanks for the news guys:kiss:

sol
02-10-2005, 11:04 AM
Well he said he's going to look at the calendar and see a tournament he enjoys playing in April and hopefully have a good comeback :)
I hope so...

I'm missing Guga :sad:

Thanks for the news...:kiss:

.......

LARRI RECEIVED PRESIDENT OF CBT AT CAMBURIU AND SHOW PROJECT TO DEVELOP THE TENNIS AT BRAZIL

(Good job, Larry :worship: )


http://www.guga.com.br/en/info/frames_info.asp?codigoNoticia=000101

The coach Larri Passos received this thursday, the president of the
Brazilian Tennis Confederation, Jorge Lacerda Rosa, at his fitness center,
the Larri Passos Tennis Pro, at Camboriu, Santa Catarina, they spoke about
the Davis Cup and the future of the tennis at Brazil.

Invited to be the captain of the team in Davis Cup, Larri showed a project
to the presidente, to develop tennis at the country, from the start to the
highest level of Pro.

“We had a long meeting, I showed the project to Jorge and if it is possible
to execute it I will accept be captain of the Davis Cup. For me, only be
sitted at court and coach five, six players during the week of the Davis
Cup, will not add much. My interest is to make something for the Brazilian
tennis. I want to help and dedicate my soul to this project,” told Larri,
that besides coach of Gustavo Kuerten, has his own institute and social
project, “Child Happy at Tennis, Happy at School.”

Larri and Jorge Lacerda Rosa scheduled a new meeting to February 14.

-------
GUGA CELEBRATE SUCCESS OF \"A SOLIDARY DAY\". EVENT COLLECTED R$ 15 THOUSANDS.

:angel:

http://www.guga.com.br/en/info/frames_info.asp?codigoNoticia=000101

During the weekend all the sale of sandwiches and t-shirts of the event were
reverted to one of the social projects of the Guga Kuerten Institute, the
Learning at Sport, that helps 130 kids and adolescents with low income, at
Florianopolis. The Learning at Sport is currently financially covered by
IGK, in partnership with Lagoa Iate Club, Udesc, Univali, Head and Ayrton
Senna Institute.

“It was very nice. Despite it was not a typical summer day, with rain and
some clouds, the folks were there, helping and participating. We could see
that is viable event, we could help the project and we can grow a lot more
next year,” said Guga thrilled.

Overall, “A Solidary Day,” collected R$ 15 thousands and had the presence of
1.000 persons, at the Kioske of the Pirate, that bought sandwiches, t-shirts
of the event, took pictures with Guga and got autographs and also could hear
some of the music bands of the island live with Guga on stage.

\"A Solidary Day,\" was a realization of the Guga Kuerten Instute and of the
Kioske of the Pirate, in partnership with El Divino, Unimed, Intelbras,
Somma Investimentos, Hantei Engenharia, Infect and support from DBS Editor
and Publicity, Unicred, Pandao, Roupas Profissionais, Clinic Odontologica
Sorridente, Spricigo Lumber, Tecnoblu, Otica Exata, Neurodigital, Graficas
Yellow and Coan, Dj Pierre, Sulfabril, Ondrepsb, Mirante of Brava,
Photographer Marco Cezar.

PennyThePenguin
02-10-2005, 11:41 AM
larri's hilarious ;) i like larri :p

brazuca5copas
02-10-2005, 04:08 PM
I love Larri !!!!!!! :inlove:
Thank's Sol :hug:

Lee
02-10-2005, 04:09 PM
Does it mean Larri will be the new coach for Davis Cup?

sol
02-10-2005, 04:15 PM
Does it mean Larri will be the new coach for Davis Cup?
I guess.. :D

Tytta!.
02-10-2005, 06:03 PM
He said he will if the federation gives more support to tennis here in Brazil otherwise he won't...

Lee
02-10-2005, 06:20 PM
He said he will if the federation gives more support to tennis here in Brazil otherwise he won't...

:devil: He's good in bargaining.

Billabong
02-11-2005, 03:24 AM
Wow it would be special:) Guga will certainly a member of the team if it happens:lol:

Tytta!.
02-11-2005, 01:26 PM
Guga To Resume Practice; Will Miss Indian Wells, Miami

By Tennis Week

Gustavo Kuerten will resume practice within days, but will not be ready to play the season's first two Masters Series events: the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells or the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami.


Continuing his recovery from arthroscopic hip surgery, Kuerten plans to start practicing in the coming days, said Diana Gabanyi, Kuerten's communications director and contributor to his official web site Guga.com. The 28-year-old Kuerten, who was runner-up to Pete Sampras in the 2000 Nasdaq-100 Open final and lost to Lleyton Hewitt in the 2003 Indian Wells final, has not set a date for his return to tournament tennis.

The former No. 1 underwent arthroscopic surgery on his hip on September 21st at the Center of Sports Medicine in Pittsburgh. Bone spurs blocking Kuerten's hip movement were removed and the anterior capsule of the hip was tightened to strengthen the joint’s stability. Dr. Marc Philippon, a member of the surgical team that conducted the procedure, prescribed a rehab program that could span four to six months.

"The surgery was successful. We were able to remove all the injuries that were causing pain and blocking the movement," said Dr. Philippon immediately after the surgery.

Since the surgery, Kuerten has been splitting time between Philippon's Pittsburgh rehab center and his Florianopolis home.

PennyThePenguin
02-12-2005, 02:16 AM
thanks melon!!!

star
02-12-2005, 02:19 AM
I figured he'd start his comeback on clay.

I'll miss him at IW. :sad: I just feel lucky I've gotten to see him play live several time. I'd love to see him on clay though. :)

I♥PsY@Mus!c
02-12-2005, 08:27 PM
Thanks Tytta. :)

Tytta!.
02-17-2005, 04:17 PM
I don't know where to post this but the new DC's Captain is Fernando Meligeni - They just found it out and it'll be official in about one hour :)

Lee
02-17-2005, 10:27 PM
Thanks for the news. Meligeni is a great guy and I believe the players will work well with him. And I'm glad that Larri can concentrate on Guga's training. ;)

Billabong
02-17-2005, 11:05 PM
Meligeni:yeah: great personality:worship: he was one of Guga's best friends on the tour:)!

Tytta!.
02-18-2005, 01:01 AM
I just love Fernando so I'm sure the team is in great hands :D

sol
02-18-2005, 01:22 AM
Good luck, Fernando! :yeah:

http://www.gotennis.com/news/headline.aspx?headlineID=5886

Meligeni handed task of reviving Brazil's Cup fortunes
2005-02-18 00:13:42 GMT (Reuters)


RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Brazil named Fernando Meligeni as their Davis Cup team captain on Thursday, two weeks ahead of their American zone Group Two tie with Colombia.

A Cup stalwart who represented his country for the best part of a decade, Meligeni was offered the job after Gustavo Kuerten's coach Larri Passos turned it down.

Brazil plummeted to what is effectively the competition's third division following a players' boycott last year and Meligeni will be hoping to lift the team's fortunes in the Bogota tie from March 4-6.

"Meligeni always wore the Brazil shirt with great determination and competence and I have no doubt he is capable of facing this challenge," said Jorge Lacerda da Rosa, who took over as Brazilian Tennis Confederation (CBT) president at the start of the year.

Meligeni added: "This is a difficult moment and it's very important for Brazilian tennis, it's time to regain the credibility of the sport."

Brazil was relegated to Group Two after losing ties to Paraguay, Venezuela and Peru.

The defeats came as the top players, led by former world number one Kuerten, refused to play in protest at the administration of then president Nelson Nastas.

Nastas was in charge for ten years until he decided not to stand for re-election in December.

The players have now ended their boycott although Kuerten remains unavailable because of injury.

Passos said he rejected the job because he wanted something more wide-ranging.

"My idea was always to help make tennis grow in Brazil," he said.

"I wasn't interested in being just captain for the Davis Cup. I like long term projects with targets and results which make a mark."

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Tennis/DavisCup/2005/02/17/934213-ap.html

Meligeni named Brazil's Davis Cup captain

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) - Fernando Meligeni was named captain of Brazil's Davis Cup team Thursday by the Brazilian Tennis Confederation.

Meligeni, a 10-year Davis Cup veteran as a player, will lead Brazil against Colombia in a Group 2 matchup March 4-6 in Bogota, Columbia. "I'm glad people recognized my dedication to this country in the Davis Cup," said the 33-year-old Meligeni, who in 1999 was ranked 25th in the world and was a French Open semifinalist.

Meligeni, a gold medallist at the 2003 Pan American Games, is expected to pick Brazil's roster Monday.

"Meligeni always gave everything he had during the Davis Cup, I have no doubt he's up to this challenge," Brazilian Tennis Confederation President Jorge Lacerda Rosa said in a statement.

Brazil was relegated to Group 2 after losses to Paraguay, Venezuela and Peru last year. Most of the matches were played with second-stringers because of a boycott by the country's top players.

Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten, Andre Sa, Flavio Saretta and Ricardo Mello didn't play in protest against then-Brazilian federation president Nelson Nastas.

Cris
02-18-2005, 09:17 AM
Excellent! Meligeni :worship:
Boa Sorte! :yeah:

Lee
02-18-2005, 06:54 PM
Hopefully, with captaincy solidified, the players are more willing to commit. Last time a read an article (of course with terrible online translation) that on Sá is commited while Saretta and Mello are not sure.

sol
02-19-2005, 12:21 AM
Hopefully, with captaincy solidified, the players are more willing to commit. Last time a read an article (of course with terrible online translation) that on Sá is commited while Saretta and Mello are not sure.

Good point! ;)

I can't rep you at the moment. ;)

Alejandro Falla is a dangerous player in the Columbian team.


http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_19-2-2005_pg10_5

Meligeni to captain Brazil against Colombia

RIO DE JANEIRO: Retired Brazilian tennis player Fernando Meligeni will captain his country in their Davis Cup Group II first round American zone tie against Colombia in Bogota from March 4-6. Former French Open semi-finalist Meligeni, 33, accepted the post after it was turned down by Larri Passos, coach of Gustavo Kuerten. It will be the first meeting in 20 years between the two South American sides, with Brazil having won all their previous four encounters. Brazil were relegated from Group I of the Davis Cup for the first time last season afer falling 4-1 to Peru. The team have been decimated by infighting with top players, including three-time French Open winner Kuerten, refusing to play after demanding the departure of Brazilian Tennis Federation president Nelson Nastas. afp

Quote from Tennis-x.com:

Brazil named Fernando Meligeni as their Davis Cup team captain on Thursday, ending the boycott of the competition by Gustavo Kuerten and Brazil's top players. "This is a difficult moment and it's very important for Brazilian tennis, it's time to regain the credibility of the sport," Meligeni said.

smucav
02-19-2005, 05:14 AM
http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2005/guga_returns.asp

Audio: Gustavo Kuerten (English) (http://wm.atptennis-global.speedera.net/wm.atptennis-global/kuerten_costadosauipe5.wma) Brasil Open - Costa Do Sauipe February 18

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Player News
February 18, 2005
Gustavo Kuerten Announces Return to ATP Circuit

Costa do Sauipe, Brazil - Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten announced today his return to competition on the ATP circuit. The three-time Roland Garros champion and year-end World No. 1 in 2000 will compete at the Open de Tenis Comunidad in Valencia, Spain.

Guga is nearly recuperated from the arthroscopy operation on his right hip that took place September 21 in the United States. Kuerten is already practicing and in addition to Valencia he will play on the clay of the ATP Masters Series events in Monte Carlo, Rome and Hamburg as well as Roland Garros.

About his return to the ATP circuit, Guga said, "The first 2 events will serve to see how my game is at all levels. Then I will have two more weeks to prepare myself a bit more, with a different goal, to arrive well to Roland Garros and progress at the previous events."

About his goals: "I have no idea. I have been away from the courts for a long time. After 15 years this has been the first time I spent summer at home in Florianopolis. Since I was 13 I had not been playing tennis for so long. This month will be very important to have a definitive answer about my tennis, my game a to see the truth in front of me. Right now it is like shooting no where, I have no idea how I am. I have one month to well prepare myself. I returned to the courts hitting balls last week. I have no measurement right now."

"This year is going to be very important. I am with a lot of good hope. It is very positive the way things are going in my rehabilitation. I am not having negative surprises and that is a relief for me. I am going step by step on my recuperation, thinking that everything will go fine and thinking long term on my career. My biggest ambition will be to find myself free from my injury. This is my biggest goal, further than the tournaments, the wins and all that. With that happening, naturally, I can return and feel better. I am leaving the ranking aside, the tournaments in favour of my total recuperation. I fight for this goal at the moment."

About how his current rehabilitation versus those prior: "This surgery was more delicate. A longer process in which I had to be more patient. I was on crutches, with out stepping with my right foot for over a month. The worst is over. Now is better. I am back on the tennis court, it feels great, and focusing more on the technical part. I am almost through with the recuperation and more into the evolution."

Guga's schedule:
Week of April 4 - Open de Tenis Comunidad Valencia
Week of April 11 - ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo
Week of May 2 - ATP Masters Series event in Rome
Week of May 9 - ATP Masters Series Hamburg
Week of May 26 - Roland Garros

Tytta!.
02-19-2005, 02:22 PM
Hopefully, with captaincy solidified, the players are more willing to commit. Last time a read an article (of course with terrible online translation) that on Sá is commited while Saretta and Mello are not sure.

Sá, Saretta and Mello said they will play ;)

Billabong
02-19-2005, 02:33 PM
Maybe Guga will ask a WC to Barcelona, no:)? It's always a great tournament:D!

blosson
02-24-2005, 03:57 PM
:woohoo: I can't wait until April. :woohoo:

Wojtek
02-25-2005, 02:34 PM
Go Guga

brazuca5copas
04-27-2005, 10:06 PM
http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/diaadia/ult138u23123.htm
Andres Gomez "Guga can win Roland Garros" :)
27/04/2005 às 15h49
According to Ecuadorian Andres Gomes, fomer champion Roland Garros 1990, Gustavo Kuerten has conditions to win the French Grand Slam again, even after to pass for the second surgery in the hip.
The Ecuadorian affirmed that "only to come back to play after the surgeries and wanting great results, he already got a great success". For Gomez, "the positioning in ranking serves more to the press that to the tennis players". According Gomez, the individual conscience of each player only can evaluate the successes and failures harvested to the long one of the career.

Billabong
04-27-2005, 11:12 PM
Thanks Vanessa:kiss: It's great to see someone who believes like us:yeah:!!!

Dirk
05-18-2005, 03:49 AM
Guga refuses to give up

By Matthew Cronin
Special to ESPN.com
Archive (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/archive?columnist=cronin_matthew&root=tennis)





Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten might look the part of a laid-back surfer when he's riding the cool waves at home in Florianopolis, Brazil, but the 28-year-old has put his board away as he attempts to rediscover the colorful, high-flying game that once brought him to the world's top ranking.

A three-time French Open champion, Kuerten still feels the need to streak down the pipeline in pursuit of further glory.

"That's the blood keeps you living," Kuerten told ESPN.com last week. "That's what makes you wake up and be enthusiastic and give your best. That's the way I like to live. I could have easily retired, went home and enjoyed life in Brazil. But I love to play tennis. My personal challenge is to feel better, enjoy the game and play like I did before."

Last year, Kuerten underwent his second hip surgery. No one has come back to a top level after one hip surgery, let alone two. But Kuerten was dissatisfied with his level after his first surgery in early 2002 and doctors told him he had an outside chance of regaining his once sterling form if he had a second one. Without it, elite play was out of the question. Despite his bubbly, seemingly carefree personality, the Brazilian can't bear being a second-tier player.

"I took my chances," he said. "It was my only chance to play like before. I'm not 100 percent sure if it will work out, but it gave me hope. I didn't want to keep playing with my ranking in the 20s or 30s. I'm not saying I need to get back to No. 1, but I want to be able to play free, enjoy it and not just be thinking about my hip.

"There are two ways of thinking. One is that I could still expect to get more from my career and to be satisfied and not having goals is not going to help me. The second is to be proud and appreciate everything I got so far.

"Before I arrived on tour, if anyone would have told me that I would have won three Grand Slams and be No. 1, I wouldn't have believed them. I have to keep that idea in my mind, but it's not easy to maintain that. I must have more goals to push myself farther."

Since he stunned the planet by entering the 1997 French Open as the No. 66-ranked player and whipping two-time champ Sergi Bruguera for the title, Guga has been the clay-court major's most dominant and beloved player. He repeated in 2000 by pummeling upstart Juan Carlos Ferrero in the semis and tough Magnus Norman in the final.

The next year, he completed his hat trick and forever etched himself into Parisian memory. In the fourth round, he came back from two sets and a match point down against qualifier Michael Russell. Afterward, he drew a large heart in the clay and collapsed in the middle of it. He was simply heroic, and the fans loved it.

No one could withstand the magician after that. Kuerten spellbound the other contenders: former champ Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Ferrero and, in the final, war-horse Alex Corretja. Guga joined legends and Hall of Famers Bjorn Borg, Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander as the only men to win three singles French titles in the Open era. Guga was as good as gold.

But after failing to defend his top seed at the 2001 U.S. Open by losing in the quarterfinals, Kuerten began to feel serious pain in his right hip. Five months later, he underwent hip surgery. Though he has shown flashes of brilliance, his still sometimes painful hip kept him from soaring sideline to sideline, pasting winners down the line.

In April 2004, he reinjured his hip and rested until the French Open. There, he briefly displayed the level that once made him the Prince of Paris. He served huge, flew high and overwhelmed No. 1 Roger Federer in a third-round upset. With Guga's sudden return to domination, the thought of him winning his fourth title seemed possible. But in his next match, against David Nalbandian, Guga – suffering a power and speed outage – was sent reeling out of the tournament.

"I was having these type of problems for three and half years," Kuerten said. "I could play my best, like I did against Federer, but in the next match, it didn't matter who I was playing, I didn't have my conditioning and I would basically lose to myself. I couldn't maintain my enthusiasm for two weeks because physically I couldn't maintain. If I had 20 to 30 percent more in my conditioning, I could have won my fourth title. But I didn't."

After falling in the first round of the 2004 U.S. Open, Kuerten went in for his second hip surgery.

He didn't return to competition until this April. He played four difficult tournaments on his beloved red dirt and won only two matches. He says it will take the rest of 2005 before he's able to sustain an intense exercise program, be match tough and find his rhythm again. He can still smoke the ball off both wings when he gets one into his wheelhouse. Yet, he's not moving quickly, which leaves him vulnerable in end-to-end rallies.

"I need to run, to slide, to adjust my body," Kuerten said. "I know I'm not physically ready yet, but my mind has been dropping more than conditioning. My mind is playing with me a lot. It's like playing chess against myself. I have to be mentally tougher. But I'm improving week by week and that's keeping my motivation going."

Next week, when he arrives at the French Open, the now 97th-ranked Guga is hoping to catch a whiff of Roland Garros magic again. He doesn't expect to win the tournament, but he doesn't expect to leave his favorite locale without imposing himself on a few players. He's not done believing he can make big waves, his hip be dammed.

"There are many tournaments where I still believe I can be successful, like at the French and the U.S. Open," he said. "The dreams I used to have are still in my head. They are still clear."

Matthew Cronin, the managing editor of Inside Tennis magazine, is a regular contributor to ESPN.com.

Billabong
05-18-2005, 04:10 AM
Awesome article, thanks a lot Dirk:yeah: I love Guga's attitude, it really made me feel good to read it:) Guga has the belief, I have it too for sure:yeah:

I love it when he says he could have won his 4th RG title last year, and he's soo right:D! His pain kept him from advancing further, while he had Nalbandian on the ropes, he had beaten Gaudio in RG in 2003 and has Coria's number;)! Who knows what could have happened;)! We'll see what will happen next, but first of all, let's wait for his draw in RG:)!

Dirk
05-18-2005, 07:44 AM
Billa, if not for getting bad doctor advice, Guga would have won his 4th RG in 02. The tour would look very different right now if Guga never got hurt. I still think Roger would be number one but wouldn't have as many titles and Guga would have been 2nd for sure. I also think Guga would have been number one in 02 if not for all of this.

robinhood
05-18-2005, 10:10 AM
That is a great article. I wasn't into tennis much when he was winning RG back-to-back, but I've always liked him. It's great to see him battle on despite the injuries and surgeries. I hope he can cap his career at his favorite tournament a la Sampras USO 2002.

brazuca5copas
05-18-2005, 02:03 PM
Thank you so much Dirk !!!!!!

Dirk
05-18-2005, 04:05 PM
I'm glad Guga still thinks he could win some events once healthy.

amethyst
05-18-2005, 07:25 PM
Thanks a lot for the insightful article, Dirk. It´s interesting Guga says "his mind has been dropping more than his conditioning". Maybe that´s an explanation for his rather strange results since his second surgery.

Billabong
05-18-2005, 11:41 PM
Yah Claudia, that's why when he gets broken, he tends to give up the set (like against Robredo), so he needs to work on that:)!

Lee
05-19-2005, 05:11 PM
Thanks a lot for the insightful article, Dirk. It´s interesting Guga says "his mind has been dropping more than his conditioning". Maybe that´s an explanation for his rather strange results since his second surgery.

*sigh* Sounds like both my fav players, Guga and Rainer, are real headcase these days.

amethyst
05-19-2005, 05:48 PM
*sigh* Sounds like both my fav players, Guga and Rainer, are real headcase these days.

At least Guga has a reason to be a headcase, while I don´t see any reason for the Rainer headcase :devil:

Lee
05-19-2005, 05:55 PM
I don´t see any reason for the Rainer headcase :devil:

Total burnt out of all his brain cells after 2003?

Choupi
05-20-2005, 06:53 PM
Well, sorry to interrupt the flow of your conversation, and sorry if this has already been posted here. But if you check this link, you'll see Guga surfing, and practicing, after his surgery. Go to the bottom right of the page and click on "Tout Le Sport". The last question he's asked is if he thinks that a 4th title in RG is possible this year. He replies "yes" and bursts out laughing! :D

http://www.france3.fr/

Lee
05-20-2005, 10:08 PM
Thanks Choupi! :kiss:

amethyst
06-25-2005, 11:27 AM
News about Guga from terra.com (babelfish translation)

Guga comes back to Brazil

Gustavo Kuerten came back to Brazil in this friday already of eye in the dispute of the Davis Cup, who happens between days 15 and 17 of July, in Joinville, against the Antilhas Dutch.
Guga disembarked in the International Airport of Guarulhos and used to advantage the ticket for São Paulo, before continuing trip for Florianópolis, to make a series of medical evaluations and examinations of after-surgical accompaniment. The tenista passed for diverse tests, in the Hospital Sao luiz Morumbi, the Hospital of the Heart and the Center of Studies of Psicobiologia and Exercício of the Unifesp (Federal Univesidade of São Paulo), being approved for the Dr. Rogério Teixeira Da Silva. "The hip of Guga is excellent and it is well for initiating this phase of preparation for The second semester, continuing with the work of force and muscular resistance", explained the doctor, who is following the tenista since the phase that preceded its second surgery in the right hip.
Guga, who during the small interval between the examinations used his only free moment to visit the section pediátrica of the Hospital of the Heart, where devoid children are recouping of cardiac surgeries or pass for process daily pay-operatório, was moved with the affection he received and contents with the result of the examinations. "The chances are rare that people have to be in contact with these children, who give a smile to you, one I hug so sincere and where you finish very changing a special energy. I was happy also with the results of the examinations and now we go to continue working, with that certainty of that we are on the right way ". On monday Guga already will be training in Santa Catarina, with the technician Hernan Gumy and the physical preparador Fernando Cao. The next event that Guga disputes is the Davis Cup, in Joinville and after that he comes back the Europe to play the ATPs de Stuttgart and Umag, on clay.

Lee
06-26-2005, 02:07 AM
Good luck Guga!! :bounce:

Billabong
06-26-2005, 05:48 AM
So Guga comes back to Stuttgart:bounce: He has a great history there, I hope he continues this success:D! Thanks for the positive article Clau:kiss:!!!

Wojtek
07-15-2005, 11:22 AM
Guga gets WC in New Haven. :angel:

shotgun
09-05-2005, 10:47 PM
Guga got back from New York and took the weekend to rest in Florianopolis. He started training today for the Davis Cup tie against Uruguay. He said he´s very motivated after the two good matches he played in the US Open. Here´s the article in portuguese: http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/davis/ultnot/ult500u1597.htm

amethyst
09-20-2005, 06:47 PM
I found that article on terra.com (babelfish tranaslation). I think it´s interesting because Guga sounds not so optimistic as usual about his physical condition.


Guga says that he does not know if he will be turned to play as before

Gustavo Kuerten affirmed, in interview to the Uruguayan periodical El Country, that he does not know if he will be turned to the same present tennis until that took him to the condition of number 1 of the world. Catarinense, who in this year arrived to say that for return of February of 2006 it waited to reach its apex again, already is not more so optimistical. "I believe that I can come back to play well, but am not 100% insurance of that I will be able to play as before. The problem in the hip hinders me to be better ", affirmed Guga, who is in Montevidéu training for the duel with Uruguay for the Group the 2 of the American Zone of the Davis Cup. The Brazilian, to being questioned on the level of the Swiss Roger Federer and the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, currently the best ones of the world, only said that he wants to be competitive when to face them.

Lee
09-20-2005, 06:50 PM
Well, for me it's the good news that he finally faced reality. :shrug:

amethyst
09-20-2005, 07:38 PM
Lee, I agree with you!

PennyThePenguin
09-21-2005, 03:29 AM
it's good to be practical. :sad:

tall_one
09-21-2005, 06:46 AM
Well, for me it's the good news that he finally faced reality. :shrug:
i don't know if it is good news, sometimes when people finally face reality it can break them and they go thru a real down period. Will this happen to Guga? I have no idea, i hope not, but to me, him facing reality makes his retirement much more likely :sad:

amethyst
09-21-2005, 06:31 PM
On UOL they have a more detailed version of the interview. Sounds to me he´s being more realistic, but not down or thinking about giving up.
Here´s the article (babelfish translation):

Realist, Guga admits that he will not come back to play as before
the international agencies In Montevidéu (Uruguay)
Training in Montevidéu for the confrontation with Uruguay in confrontation that defines the champion of the group 2 of the American Zone of the Davis Cup, Gustavo Kuerten admitted that never form will come back its better technique. Currently occupying 297º place of ranking of entrances of the ATP (Association of the Tenistas Professional), the catarinense affirms that he only wants to be competitive in the future.
according to semester of the passed year, Guga passed for a delicate surgery in the hip. Later, the tenista faced a long process of recovery, being more than six months absent of the professional circuit. "I believe that I have possibilities to come back to play well, but am not 100% insurance of that I will be able to play as before and to get the same results", affirmed Guga in interview to the Uruguayan periodical El Parents. "the problem in the hip hinders me to advance in ranking, to be better. But already I very find me better than I imagined. I have that to analyze the situation of positive form ", he continued the Brazilian.
Questioned if he could face with equality of conditions the Swiss Roger Federer and the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, today the best ones of the world, Guga affirmed that he wants to be competitive against them. "I wait to come back to be in a good level and to be competitive against them", answered the former-number 1 of the world and tricampeão of Roland Garros. On the possibilities to increase its victorious description in the Grand French Slam, Guga if pronounces with the feet in the soil. "It is a magnificent dream. But now I have to worry me about objectives next to me. I have to improve slowly and to think about real things ", he commented.
The end against the Uruguayans is being faced with seriousness for Guga. For the catarinense tenista, the adversaries can be dangerous for acting ahead of its twisted one, in Montevidéu. "We wait a good weekend, with much people attending. We are training sufficient, I feel each better time and the motivation to play a Pantry Davis is always special ", affirmed. "Although the Uruguayans not to have no player very known or enter the best ones in ranking, in the sport everything decide themselves in the hour of the game. Then, we have to be prepared, because they can become dangerous, especially playing in house."

Lee
09-22-2005, 01:41 AM
i don't know if it is good news, sometimes when people finally face reality it can break them and they go thru a real down period. Will this happen to Guga? I have no idea, i hope not, but to me, him facing reality makes his retirement much more likely :sad:

I have faith in Guga. With the adversities he faced in his life, his father died suddenly when he's young and a younger brother with serious medical problem. With big family support and probably no-nonsense teaching from Olga and Alice ;) he won't be broken with this.

And thanks for the article, Claudia.

shotgun
09-26-2005, 01:44 AM
Guga announced today, after the Davis Cup match, that he won´t play any more tournaments this year. :sad:

Article in portuguese here: http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/diaadia/ult138u24930.htm

tall_one
09-26-2005, 02:31 AM
Guga announced today, after the Davis Cup match, that he won´t play any more tournaments this year. :sad:

Article in portuguese here: http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/diaadia/ult138u24930.htm
:sad: :sad: :sad:

Lee
09-26-2005, 02:41 AM
:shrug: whatever Guga.

Billabong
09-26-2005, 04:06 AM
Guga had already said Davis Cup would be his last official tournament of 2005... but will he play the Challengers??? It doesn't seem he will:sad: Apparently he turned his ankle I think? Rest your ankle Guga and please be 100% healthy for 2006!!!

PennyThePenguin
09-26-2005, 11:37 AM
:sad:

Billabong
10-14-2005, 05:24 AM
Guga initiates training for season 2006

13/10/2005 to 18h04
Florianópolis (SC) - After two weeks of rest, Gustavo Kuerten is in return to the work. In this thursday, in Santa Catarina, the preparation for season 2006. Guga starts if to prepare to compete in the year that comes, with the objective to better dispute the matches of the professional circuit in its physical form and technique.

For this, it initiated the work for the physical part with the preparador Fernando Cao, for then only starting to train in squares, with the Argentine technician Hernan Gumy. "I am starting this period of preparation, that goes well to be pulled and long, but that I know that goes to make the difference when I to start to compete", commented former-number 1 of Brazil. Guga goes to alternate periods of training in Brazil and Argentina.

In this season, the tricampeão of Roland Garros disputed only nine matches of ATP, since its return to squares them in the beginning of April, in the gross sand of Valence, Spain. In 16 departures, it only won six. The catarinense arrived to lose five games followed in the estréia. In the two only matches of Grand Slam that it disputed, it fell in the first round in Roland Garros and it was to the second phase in the Opened one of the United States. It closes the season in 293ª position, currently as number 8 of the country.

Guga also acted in the team of Brazil in the two confrontations for the zonal American the 2 of the Pantry Davises against the Antilhas Dutch, in Florianópolis, and against Uruguay, in Montevidéu, where Brazil guaranteed the classification for zonal the 1 in the year that comes.

__________________

GOOOOOOOO GUGAAAAAAAAAAA:bounce:!!!!!!!!

amethyst
10-18-2005, 06:51 PM
Guga will play an exhibition in Argentina in december (articel from UOL tenisbrasil - babelfish translation):

Guga will dispute friendly match in Argentina as preparation

Gustavo Kuerten will dispute a friendly match as part of preparation for the next season. Of 15 the 18 of December, the Brazilian tenista will play the Argentina Cup, in Buenos Aires, against some of the best tenistas of the world. "I was honored in receiving this invitation to play a match in Argentina, being the only foreigner and in the way of as many players between best it world that they have nowadays", said Guga, that it initiated, last week, the preparation for season 2006, with the technician Hernan Gumy and the physical preparador, Fernando Cao, in Santa Catarina.
It enters the guaranteed Argentines in the match are Gastón Gaudio, Guillermo Coria, David Nalbandian and Mariano Puerta, who are between the 15 best ones of ranking world-wide, Mariano Zabaleta, Agustín Calleri, Squillari Franc, Juan Martin del Filly, Juan Ignacio Chela, Jose Acasuso and Guillermo Cañas, who is suspended for use of doping.
Guga standes out that the competition will have great importance it to pack in the beginning of the next season. Since that he comes recouping of the second surgery the one that was submitted in the hip, he says that 2006 it will be good the year to come back the spoon results.
"Besides being special to play in Buenos Aires, this competition happens in a date where everybody goes to be training strong, finishing the preparation for 2006. To be able to compete with players as these, of the highest bore, very goes to be important." The Brazilian, that in this year gained only three departures in the nine matches of first line that it disputed, has good memories of Buenos Aires. It gained a heading in the Argentine capital, in 2001, but in the gross sand. Of this time, the friendly match will be disputed in squares fast, in the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

shotgun
10-18-2005, 07:16 PM
Cool! And maybe it's a sign he's willing to play the Aussie Open (could he enter it with his protected ranking or is it no longer valid?)!!

star
10-24-2005, 02:56 PM
I am glad that Guga is retuning to the squares. It seems so odd to have him preparing without Lari. I only wish for him to play pain free so that he again can have joy from tennis.

shotgun
11-10-2005, 09:31 PM
http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/diaadia/ult138u25530.htm

Article translated by Babelfish. :p

Complete Guga one month of treinos and already feels effect

10/11/2005 17h39 Buenos Aires (ARG)

Gustavo Kuerten continues training in intense rhythm and if preparing for season 2006. It has one month initiated the long phase of preparation and already he is feeling the difference, after the four first weeks of physical work and of he squares. "I am putting into motion itself better and starting to dispute points of deep of it squares", it counted Guga, that is training in Argentina, where they live its technician Hernan Gumy and the physical preparador Fernando Cao. Beyond the treinos of physical preparation, Guga is also making a specific work of fortalecimento of the hip. "we are giving continuity to the work that I made in São Paulo, that helped me very, and feels that I am stronger and evolving to the few", it detached the tenista, that after the surgery in the right hip, works to search to reperar the form that took it to the tricampeonato in Roland Garros and number 1 of the world. Guga will keep the routine of treinos in the next weeks, having alternated sojourns in Santa Catarina, where it inhabits, and in Argentina. In the next week, the catarinense one disputes the Argentina Pantry, in Buenos Aires, as invited, to the side of Gastón Gaudio, Guillermo Coria, David Nalbandian, Mariano Zabaleta, Agustin Calleri, Mariano Puerta, Squillari Franc, Juan Martin del Filly, Guillermo Cañas, Juan Ignacio Chela and Jose Acasuso. Ídolo in Argentina, Guga was invited by the organizdores of the event to participate of the competition, being the only foreigner to integrate the list of 12 participants.

Billabong
11-11-2005, 03:51 AM
Very positive article, thanks:) Guga really seems to progress well, I feel like he has been out of the ATP tour since ages:eek: I can't wait to see the new Guga:yeah:

amethyst
11-17-2005, 06:32 PM
From Guga´s official website (babelfish translation, :lol: @ all the "funny" tournaments). It seems he will skip AO. For those who haven´t checked Guga´s website lately, there are also new pics from his training and physical preparation.

Guga initiates season 2006 in Viña del Mar

Gustavo Kuerten already defined its initial calendar of season 2006. He starts the year in the world-wide circuit, in day 30 of January, with the dispute of the ATP of Viña del Mar, in Chile. The tricampeão of Roland Garros, that is training five weeks, already in preparation for the next season, chose to come back to compete, in its favourite floor, the gross sand.
Guga will start 2006 in Viña del Mar and has planned to also dispute all the matches of the Funny Latin American (of Chile, the Funny one follows for Argentina, Brazil and Mexico) and the Davis Cup, where Brazil faces Peru. "I am preparing themselves, training hard and making very physical work with the intention to start in Viña and to play all the Pantry and matches Funny Davis, if I will be convoked," I said Guga. "For me they are very important matches, in the gross sand and that to each year they go being stronger. In this year I could not play, but for the year that comes, I am working, making this long daily pay-season, to be able to compete with good expectations." For Guga all the matches of the Funny one are really special. It already played the four ATPs and in all they were champion. In Viña del Mar, was vice in the passed year, but it conquered the heading of the Chilean ATP, in year 2000, when the competition was disputed in Santiago. In Buenos Aires, Guga was champion in 2001, exactly year where it conquered the simple and double heading of in Acapulco. In Brazil, Guga won two times, in 2002 and 2004. Until the beginning of season 2006, Guga will be training in Brazil and Argentina and disputing some matches exhibition, also as preparation form. He already has confirmed the participation in the Argentina Cup, between days 15 and 18 of December, in Buenos Aires.
CALENDAR JAN/FEV 2006 30 JAN/ATP Viña del Mar (Chile) - gross sand
06 FEV/Davis Cup (Peru)
13 FEV/ATP Buenos Aires (Argentina) - gross sand
20 FEV/ATP Brazil Open - Coast of the Sauípe (Brazil) - gross sand
27 FEV/ATP Acapulco (Mexico) - gross sand

shotgun
11-17-2005, 06:44 PM
Thanks. I think he made a good decision skipping the Australian Open. He never did really well there, anyway. Better save some energy for the South American "gira". Too bad we'll have to wait more 2 months and a half before seeing him in action again. :(

Lee
11-17-2005, 06:50 PM
And clay is a lot easier on his hips :sad:

PennyThePenguin
11-18-2005, 12:22 AM
funny translation for clay :p gross sand...

sol
11-18-2005, 03:15 PM
funny translation for clay :p gross sand...

to play all the Pantry and matches Funny Davis

haha...

I going to miss him...

Anyway... Good luck in the 2006 season!:)

shotgun
11-19-2005, 02:09 AM
Here's the story I was talking about. :(

http://www.tvnz.co.nz/view/page/497100/628084

Kuerten can't get Auckland wildcard

Nov 17, 2005

The organisers of January's Heineken Open have had to turn down one of the world's most famous players and a former number one.

Three-times French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten, who's ranking has slipped to 136 :confused: in the world, had asked for a wildcard into the Auckland tournament.

But all three wildcards have been handed out to Mark Philippoussis, Mark Nielsen and the New Zealand winner of a round-robin tournament.

Tournament bosses are unsure whether Kuerten will still try to qualify for the event.

Kuerten has played at the Heineken Open twice before, winning it in 2003.

Billabong
11-19-2005, 04:55 AM
Well we won't see Guga on the ATP tour in the near future it seems:sad:

shotgun
11-24-2005, 01:02 PM
http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/diaadia/ult138u25668.htm

Hingis, Kournikova and Guga play challenge in Rio

23/11/2005 to 18h55 Rio De Janeiro (RIO DE JANEIRO) - Astros and stars of the world-wide tennis will be if presenting in Rio De Janeiro, of 4 the 11 of December, in the Challenge Petrobras de Tênis and Handebol. The Swiss Martina Hingis, former-number 1 of the world, the Russian muse Anna Kournikova, and the Argentine Mariano Puerta, vice this year in Roland Garros, is some of the astros that will be if presenting in Rio to the side of Gustavo Kuerten and other Brazilians.

The event will happen in arena with capacity for 4,5 a thousand people in the Beach of Copacabana, Rio De Janeiro, and will have an extensive esportiva, social and cultural programming, with gratuitous entrance for the public.

The week starts with the Challenge Petrobras de Tênis, with the participation of eight tenistas of the world-wide circuit: the Argentine Mariano Puerta (12º of the world), the North American Robby Ginepri (17º), the German Nicolas Kiefer (23º), the Ecuadorian Nicolas Lapentti (78º) and the Brazilians Gustavo Kuerten, tricampeão of Roland Garros in 1997, 2000 and 2001, and the natives of São Paulo Flávio Saretta (110º), Ricardo Mello (112º) and Júlio Silva (163º).

"I am happy in being able to play another time in Rio De Janeiro. The climate of an event in Rio is always contagiante, has much people attending, involving the players in the match and waits that it is as of the last time, with the crowded arena, the staff stimulating me and the event already serving of preparation for my season 2006", declared Guga.

Day 4 of December (sunday) will be dedicated only to the treinos. The competition starts in day 5 (second), with the preliminary phase between six players, divided in two groups. In the Group It they are Kiefer, Saretta and Lapentti, while the B is formed by Ginepri, Mello and Silva. The players if face inside between itself of the group and the champion ones go to the semifinal, in day 8 (fifth), where already they are Puerta and Guga. The adversaries of the two advanced players will be known through drawing. The end will happen in day 9 (sixth).

The games always start to 19h, with the first round, and not before 21h, the second round. Beyond the competition, they are programmed clinical with Maria Esther Bueno, best the tenista Brazilian of all the times, preliminary games with youthful Brazilians and daily social actions.

Hingis and Kournikova come back - In day 10 of December (Saturday), the Carioca public will have the chance to see in squares two of the tenistas most famous of the world: the Russian Anna Kournikova and the Swiss Martina Hingis, detainer of nothing less of the one than 40 simple headings in and 36 of pairs. The two already had been presented in Brazil, in 2000, in São Paulo.

In the sunday, day 11, will be carried through the Challenge Petrobras de Handebol, enters the masculine elections of Brazil and Cuba. The departure will be the estréia of the new technician of the Brazilian election, the Spaniard Juan Oliver, who assumed the position in October. The confrontation will serve as test it Brazil to evaluate its possibilities of conquest of medals in the Games 2007 Pan-Americans, since the Cuban election will be one of its main rivals in the competition.

Billabong
11-24-2005, 02:01 PM
Hingis and Guga:eek: Am I dreaming:eek:????????????????????????????????????? ??????? My 2 all-time favorite players will play in Rio:bounce::bounce::bounce:!!!!!!!! OMG:drool:!!!!!!!!!! Plus Anna:D!!!!!!!!!!

Lee
11-24-2005, 11:54 PM
Rio, Guga, Hingis and AnnaK

HOT HOT HOT HOT

Billabong
11-25-2005, 05:03 AM
Rio, Guga, Hingis and AnnaK

HOT HOT HOT HOT

:drool:

PennyThePenguin
11-25-2005, 02:51 PM
seb...control yourself ;)

RogiFan88
12-18-2005, 11:32 PM
:wavey: This was already mentioned in the Picture Thread, but ATP has reported it now...

December 16, 2005
Vogue RG Devotes 23 Pages to Cover Boy Kuerten

http://www.atptennis.com/shared/photos/other/kuerten_vogue.jpg
© Vogue BR

Three time Roland Garros champion Gustavo Kuerten is on newsstands throughout Brazil on the cover of the December issue of VOGUE RG Brazil.

Guga, who is playing the Copa Argentina this week, in Buenos Aires, in preparation for the 2006 season, recently launched his own fashion brand and store (Guga Kuerten).

On the eve of the launch, Guga spent two days shooting for VOGUE, one in a studio, in São Paulo and another one at one of his favorite beaches, in Florianopolis, Praia Brava.

“For me it was a first-time experience, taking pictures with my own clothes," Kuerten said. "It was different, very tiring – almost eight hours in the studio, but also fun and I enjoyed it. I hardly do this kind of stuff, because it takes a lot of time and I am always practicing and busy with my tennis. But when I was approached by VOGUE, I thought about it and I knew they were going to do something special and the result is really amazing.”

“Guga Kuerten, the genious of the courts invests in fashion and becomes a brand owner,” says the cover.

Inside, the magazine dedicated 23 pages to the star, including an interview and words of praise from sports great, Pelé and tennis legend Thomaz Koch.

“I met Guga when I was the Minister of Sports. I already admired him a lot as an athlete and from then on I started admiring the person much more,” says Pelé.

http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2005/kuerten_vogue.asp

shotgun
01-27-2006, 02:05 PM
The Davis Cup team for the tie against Peru has been confirmed: Guga, Saretta, Mello and Sá.

M. Daniel was left out, as expected by most people. He doesn't have good relationships with the other team members since the incident when he refused to take part on the DC boycott leaded by Guga in March, 2004.

brazuca5copas
02-01-2006, 05:41 PM
Mesmo otimista, Guga não garante plena forma na Davis01/02/2006 às 10h13
Gustavo Kuerten não está em total forma para o início de sua temporada. O tricampeão de Roland Garros admitiu nesta quarta-feira que a torção no pé, sofrida na semana passada durante treinamentos e que o impediu de disputar o ATP de Viña del Mar, não é grave, mas que nem assim está 100% para o duelo contra o Peru, dentro de 10 dias.

"Analisando agora, de forma geral, eu diria que foi mais um susto", diz Guga sobre o incidente. O jogador foi mais reticente ao responder se estaria 100% na Davis. "Agora vai depender de como vou me recuperar, mas pelo menos não tive nenhuma lesão que vá me comprometer a longo prazo".

O ex-número 1 do mundo manteve o otimismo que é quase uma regra em suas entrevistas, embora tenha feito apenas previsões e análises vagas sobre seu retorno. "Não posso me apressar, tenho que ir aos poucos. Já estou treinando novamente, o que é um bom sinal para que as coisas melhorem e de repente eu possa chegar na Davis em um bom nível", disse. "Mas é um torneio de cinco sets, então ainda tem muito teste pela frente. Vai ser um período de reavaliação".

O tricampeão de Roland Garros admitiu que, em razão da torção, terá de "dar alguns passos atrás". Ainda assim, contou que estava animado com o nível em que se encontrava antes da contusão. "Eu estava muito feliz e confiante para encarar os torneios, mas acabou acontecendo um imprevisto. Vou ter que esperar novamente para me sentir como estava antes, não posso me apressar de jeito nenhum".

Guga apareceu no challenger de Florianópolis, deu autógrafos, tirou fotos com fãs e reencontrou seu ex-técnico Larri Passos. Depois de um entusiasmado abraço, perguntou sobre o jogo de Bruno Rosa, novo pupilo de Larri, e repetiu os elogios ao torneio que já fizera durante a entrevista. "Acho que, na realidade, no momento que estamos vivendo no tênis é legal que a gente tenha um ATP, mas o challenger é o que acrescenta mais para quem está tentando surgir, para quem quer despontar", explicou.

amethyst
02-01-2006, 08:28 PM
Thanks for the article, Vanessa. I guess things are not looking good for Brazilian DC team :scared: Sa also retired from a match vs Simoni a few days ago with an injury.

Lee
02-01-2006, 08:32 PM
I think I post it somewhere.

Of 4 players in the DC team, 2 retired from their last match, 1 hasn't played for 4 months one hasn't won a match so far this year. :shrug:

Edit: OK, Saretta played yesterday but lost.

PennyThePenguin
02-02-2006, 12:16 AM
things aren't looking too good.... :S but....*fingers crossed*

shotgun
02-02-2006, 09:09 PM
Guga is not sponsored by Banco do Brasil anymore. They couldn't have an agreement about the financial aspects of the contract, it seems. So a 6-year relationship was finished today.

http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/diaadia/ult138u26199.htm

Lee
02-02-2006, 09:37 PM
Guga is not sponsored by Banco do Brasil anymore. They couldn't have an agreement about the financial aspects of the contract, it seems. So a 6-year relationship was finished today.

http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/diaadia/ult138u26199.htm

:tape: :tape: :tape:

shotgun
02-02-2006, 10:07 PM
:tape: :tape: :tape:

:p

Billabong
02-02-2006, 10:41 PM
Guga is not sponsored by Banco do Brasil anymore. They couldn't have an agreement about the financial aspects of the contract, it seems. So a 6-year relationship was finished today.

http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/diaadia/ult138u26199.htm

Oh no:sad::sad::sad: So he only has Kuat left now:sad:? (and his Head rackets)

PennyThePenguin
02-03-2006, 12:31 PM
:tape:

Lee
02-03-2006, 08:17 PM
:tape:

You're not working as hard as I do :p

PennyThePenguin
02-04-2006, 12:57 AM
i'm lazy ;) hahahaha. these sponsors will regret it in a few months time :D

tall_one
02-11-2006, 12:26 AM
From: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4702522.stm

Kuerten has had two hip operations since 2004 Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten says he will retire at the end of the season if his form fails to improve.

A three time winner of the French Open, Kuerten, has struggled to come back from a succession of injuries.

Currently playing doubles for Brazil in the Davis Cup tie with Peru, the former world number one has slipped to 300 in the rankings.

"I am 29 and if by the end of the season I haven't rediscovered my top form, I will stop playing," he said

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41319000/jpg/_41319792_kuerten203.jpg

Billabong
02-11-2006, 04:56 AM
That's the last thing I wanted to see:sad: My weekend is spoiled now:sad: I can't see tennis without Guga around, I know it feels like he's not playing right now, but in my head he'll be back... so to see that he may well be gone by the end of the year is destroying me:sad: And it's because of those DAMN injuried that are sticking to him all the time:(:mad: I feel so hopeless right now, so powerless:sad: There's nothing we can do, please tennis gods let him at least be healthy for one more year, please!!!

Billabong
02-11-2006, 05:11 AM
BTW I also want to add that I totally understand Guga:sad: It's no fun working tons of hours during the off season and all the gained work being vanished because of another injury:(... Since 2003 it's been injury after injury, and I understand that he can't be motivated to continue if his body continues to be injured all the time:sad:!

Lee
02-11-2006, 05:13 AM
:hug: Seb!

:bigcry: :bigcry:

star
02-11-2006, 05:14 AM
:hug: :hug: We've all seen this coming for a long time now. I don't see how he's hung on this long. He's been through so much pain and struggle with the injury. You know, by now, I just want him to be on a surf board and having a good time, free of pain.

Lee
02-11-2006, 05:17 AM
btw, thanks to a poster from another board, this is my way of response to most of Guga's news these days.

http://ostrich.webpark.sk/english/breeding/sketch23.gif

PennyThePenguin
02-11-2006, 07:47 AM
owwwww lee :hug:

:sad: :sad: :sad:

amethyst
02-11-2006, 10:54 AM
That´s hardly a surprise - and probably the right decision. What´s the point of struggling on forever? And whatever happens, we will always have the good memories he gave us - noone can thake that away.
:hug: to all Guga fans :hug:

Dirk
02-11-2006, 02:11 PM
Guga had had an incredible career. It's a shame that the hip injuries ruined him but you can take away the things he has accomplished.

shotgun
02-11-2006, 02:29 PM
Guga did everything he could to keep playing at a high level. :shrug:

It's the right decision, there's no point in him falling in the first round of tournaments week after week, to opponents that he would crush without trouble in his prime. I agree with what star said, if things still don't work out by the end of the year, he should just pick up his surf board and rush to the beach, where some waves will be waiting for him. :yeah:

Billabong
02-11-2006, 04:04 PM
Guga fans:hug::hug::hug: The year is not over, let's hope Guga can at least be healthy for the rest of the year:hug:!!! Anything can happen, Martina Hingis is an example, anything:)!!!

Washa Koroleva
02-11-2006, 04:07 PM
:hug:
I still hope, though.

Washa Koroleva
02-11-2006, 04:08 PM
Guga fans:hug::hug::hug: The year is not over, let's hope Guga can at least be healthy for the rest of the year:hug:!!! Anything can happen, Martina Hingis is an example, anything:)!!!

Martina is the best example. :) :hug:

PennyThePenguin
02-12-2006, 08:14 AM
Guga fans:hug::hug::hug: The year is not over, let's hope Guga can at least be healthy for the rest of the year:hug:!!! Anything can happen, Martina Hingis is an example, anything:)!!!


:D

:yeah: :hug:

shotgun
02-18-2006, 01:17 AM
Guga arrived today at Sauipe and already practiced with Del Potro. The article says that didn't have any problems with his ankle, but after 60 minutes of practice, he was already feeling tired. He'll be giving a press conference on Sunday and his first round match will likely be on Tuesday night. The draw comes out tomorrow.

http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/diaadia/ult138u26372.htm

Billabong
02-18-2006, 02:07 AM
ouch, 60 minutes:eek:? How did he survive the doubles match:eek:?

PennyThePenguin
02-18-2006, 06:15 AM
maybe the intensity's slightly different? what sort of practice were they doing? conditioning?

shotgun
02-18-2006, 02:14 PM
Actually he played only six games against Del Potro, and according to the article, he appeared to be feeling exhausted after some long points.

Billabong
02-18-2006, 04:11 PM
Actually he played only six games against Del Potro, and according to the article, he appeared to be feeling exhausted after some long points.

I hope he'll be fit enough, there are some big matches coming up for him!

Billabong
02-18-2006, 05:58 PM
When is the draw released?

Lee
02-19-2006, 12:20 AM
Actually he played only six games against Del Potro, and according to the article, he appeared to be feeling exhausted after some long points.

:tape: Sounds like even I am fitter than Guga!

PennyThePenguin
02-19-2006, 04:16 AM
Actually he played only six games against Del Potro, and according to the article, he appeared to be feeling exhausted after some long points.


:scared:

Billabong
02-19-2006, 04:21 AM
I'm also scared, it wasn't even a real match:eek:

shotgun
02-19-2006, 11:16 PM
This article describes Guga's press conference interviw today at Sauipe.

http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/profissional/brasil_open/ult677u534.htm

The main points are:

- He doesn't consider himself a favourite to win the title. He's just worried about winning his first match and then, as long as keeps advancing, he will be able to tell if he has chances to win the title.

- He's not worried about his ranking and he thinks he can play at the same level as the top players (apparently he concluded this after practicing with Nadal a while ago). He doesn't mind playing the qualies of the big tournaments in April/May, in case he doesn't receive wildcards.

- He knows Ghem well and he admits that the draw could be worse.

- He said his ankle is still not 100%, but it doesn't stop him from doing the movements he has to on court.

- He said that this year will be decisive on his career, but he is not thinking about retirement. He knows about his difficulties and he's learning to live with them.

- He promised that, when he retires, his farewell will be in Costa do Sauipe.

Billabong
02-20-2006, 04:31 AM
This article describes Guga's press conference interviw today at Sauipe.

http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/profissional/brasil_open/ult677u534.htm

The main points are:

- He doesn't consider himself a favourite to win the title. He's just worried about winning his first match and then, as long as keeps advancing, he will be able to tell if he has chances to win the title.

- He's not worried about his ranking and he thinks he can play at the same level as the top players (apparently he concluded this after practicing with Nadal a while ago). He doesn't mind playing the qualies of the big tournaments in April/May, in case he doesn't receive wildcards.

- He knows Ghem well and he admits that the draw could be worse.

- He said his ankle is still not 100%, but it doesn't stop him from doing the movements he has to on court.

- He said that this year will be decisive on his career, but he is not thinking about retirement. He knows about his difficulties and he's learning to live with them.

- He promised that, when he retires, his farewell will be in Costa do Sauipe.

Thanks a lot, now we know more about Guga's plans:) He surely wants to continue to play, especially if the results come:)

spiiky
02-24-2006, 11:45 PM
:sad: HE DOESN'T PLAY IN ACAPULLLLLCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

spiiky
02-24-2006, 11:45 PM
The Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten announced, in this friday, that more does not go to participate of the match of the tennis of Acapulco, marked for the next week. The tenista said that still it is not in a good level to dispute matches as the Mexican. Contundido, Flávio Saretta also gave up the dispute. "I feel very for not going Acapulco. I waited, at this moment, to be more prepared to compete in one high level and I would be a penalty to use wild card that the match gave to me, if still I do not find me in my better physical conditions ", affirmed Guga. Champion in Acapulco in 2001, Kuerten was thankful the organization of the competition and asked for excuses for the absence. "He would like to thank the invitation that the match gave to me and takes that I can participate in the year that comes", it concluded the Brazilian. To the side of Andres Sá, Guga follows in the dispute of the key of pairs of Brazil Open. In the night of this friday, the partnership searchs a vacant in the decision of the competition, disputed in the Coast of the Sauípe. In the key of simple, former-number one of the world ahead fell in the estréia of the compatriot Andres Ghem. Who also gave up the dispute in Mexico was Flávio Saretta. The tenista of American suffered an injury in the coasts during the departure against the Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, for the eighth-of-end of Brazil Open, and preferred to care for for the Masters Series de Indian Wells, that starts in day 6 of March. "I fell of bad skill during the game and felt a light contratura. Not to aggravate the injury, we decide to open hand of Acapulco and already to initiate the training in squares fast ", explained Saretta, that comes back toward São Paulo in this Saturday and retakes the treinos with the technician Jaime Oncins in the tuesday. Order If finds that it is not in good conditions at the moment, Gustavo Kuerten is optimistical for the remain of the season. The Brazilian entered in contact with the organization of the ATP of Valence revealing its will to participate of the competition. Current number 287 of the world, Guga does not have ranking to enter in the main key. In beginning marked for day 10 of April, the sanctioned Match of Valence opens the européia season of gross sand.

FONT: TERRA.COM.BR

Billabong
02-25-2006, 02:41 AM
:bigcry: I wonder if it's the right decision, Guga NEEDS to play more matches!!!

amethyst
02-25-2006, 03:01 PM
He needs more matches, but probably not more matches on atp level. At the moment he would going nowhere at an atp tournament I think. I wish he would play some challengers instead of trying to get into the big tournaments. But if he pulls out of Acapulco just to train more it won´t be very useful imo.

Billabong
03-10-2006, 07:09 PM
I agree, he should try some challengers:sad:

shotgun
03-28-2006, 04:23 PM
Hi all. :wavey:

Some news about Guga. He's still under treatment in Colorado, with Hernan Gumy and Dr. Marc Philippon. He says he's happy and confident with the progress. It seems he had an infiltration (w/ cortisone, maybe??), so that he can play Roland Garros without feeling any pain, much like Agassi has been doing lately. So yeah, he doesn't know when he'll come back but it really seems he will play at Roland Garros (a farewell, maybe?).

http://www2.uol.com.br/tenisbrasil/diaadia/ult138u26830.htm

Lee
03-28-2006, 04:28 PM
Thanks for the news!

Did he have the injection now? The cortisone shots won't last long.

amethyst
03-28-2006, 06:41 PM
As far as I remember, Guga has always been happy and confident with his progress :tape: so I don´t put too much hope in this. Cortisone would only make sense if he has some kind of inflammation, so I guess it must be something else.

endless summer
09-02-2006, 06:15 PM
Kuerten has no plans to retire
9/2/2006 12:44:58 PM

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) - Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten has dismissed reports he will retire from professional tennis.

The 29-year-old Brazilian scheduled a press conference for next week "to make an announcement," prompting speculation that he would officially put an end to his professional career.

The player's press office was quick to deny any possibility of retirement, however, saying Saturday that he will only talk about his recovery from a chronic hip injury that has kept him from playing in the past several months.

"He's definitely not retiring, there's no truth to that," Kuerten's spokeswoman Diana Gabanyi said.

Kuerten played only one singles match this year, being eliminated by Andre Ghem in the first round of the Brasil Open in February. He had four doubles matches, winning three of them.

The Brazilian spent several weeks nursing the hip injury at a clinic in the United States earlier this year, missing Brazil's Davis Cup win over Ecuador in April.

http://images.tsn.ca/images/stories/20050511/guga_44812.jpg

http://www.tsn.ca/tennis/news_story/?ID=176171&hubname=

takuma
09-02-2006, 07:54 PM
Thank You so much.It's great to hear he's not planning to retire!
Guga I need to see you on court playing your best tennis at least once again!
:D

endless summer
09-02-2006, 09:36 PM
Yeah, I miss watching Guga. If he had to retire because of his hip it would just break my heart :sad:

KingGuga'sQueen
09-05-2006, 04:22 PM
Me too :bigcry: But he's not planning on retiring yet, :woohoo: I pray that there's a lot more tennis left in him yet.... he's still got plenty of time to get back into the top 10... yipeeeeee :bowdown: :worship:

k2brazil
09-08-2006, 04:18 AM
:D

http://globoesporte.globo.com/ESP/Noticia/0,,AA1263624-4434,00.html

(2 videos - Guga 30 anos / Guga relembra jogo contra Agassi)

k2brazil
09-12-2006, 03:34 AM
Sorry, guys!... I don't write English well and I don't know translate but in this links, you'll watch 3 videos about Guga because his 30th birthday. Someone may translate after. It's very interesting about Guga's present and future.

http://globoesporte.globo.com/ESP/N...24-4434,00.html
http://globoesporte.globo.com/ESP/Noticia/0,,AA1267969-4434,00.html
(click in the second box in the left side of screem)

takuma
09-14-2006, 08:39 PM
Guga/Gumy split
COMUNICADO

El tenista Gustavo Kuerten y el técnico Hernán Gumy terminaron su relación que empezó en mayo del año pasado.

Después de 16 meses al lado del técnico argentino, con quien tuvo pocas oportunidades de competir y que pasó por largos períodos de tratamientos para la lesión de la cadera, ahora Guga quiere buscar una nueva motivación.
“Fue genial trabajar con Hernán, pero yo quería cambiar, algo diferente en mi propio día a día. Creo que hasta en función de quedarme todo ese tiempo sin jugar, estoy buscando algo que me traiga una nueva motivación, dijo Guga, que aún no sabe quien será su nuevo entrenador. “Es una cosa que pasó ahora y todavía he tenido mucho tiempo para pensar en esto. Pero también no tengo mucha prisa, porque el equipo de la Davis me ayudará en lo fuera necesario y mi preocupación principal todavía es el físico.”
{And bits abt DC}
Guga, que fue convocado por el capitán Fernando Meligeni para formar parte del equipo que defenderá a Brasil entre los días 22 y 24 de septiembre contra Suecia, partido que vale plaza en el Grupo Mundial de la Copa Davis, en Belo Horizonte, mantiene su equipo con el fisioterapeuta Nilton Petrone, el empresario Paulo Carvalho y la asesora de prensa, Diana Gabanyi.
Equipo Guga
[www.guga.com.br]

Sorry, don't have much time to work on a decent translation.. I used freetranslation.com instead, should be comprehensible(though a bit akward at times..lol)

The tennis player Gustavo Kuerten and the technical one Hernán Gumy finished its relation that began in May of last year.
After 16 months al side of the Argentine technician, with whom had few opportunities to compete and that passed for long periods of processing for the wound of the hip, now Guga wants to seek a new motivation.
"Was genial to work with Hernán, but I wanted to change, somewhat different in my own one day by day. I believe that even in function to remain me all that time without playing, I am seeking something that a new motivation bring me, said Guga, that not yet knows who will be its new coach. "It is a thing that passed now and still I have had a lot of time to think about this. But also I do not have a lot of hurry, because the team of the Davis will help me in him was necessary and my prime concern still is the physicist."
Guga, that was called by the captain Fernando Meligeni to form part of the team that will defend to Brazil between the days 22 and 24 of September against Sweden, party that is worth plaza in the World Group of the Cup Davis, in Belo Horizon, he maintains his team with the physical therapist Nilton Petrone, the businessman Paulo Carvalho and he assesses it of press, Diana Gabanyi.

shotgun
09-14-2006, 09:02 PM
Thanks takuma.

Weird decision since they barely hit the road. Anyway, maybe the new coach he gets is able to motivate him enough to start taking some risks and play tournaments like a normal pro tennis player does. ;)

Billabong
09-14-2006, 10:49 PM
Thanks for the info:hug: We'll see how it works for him, he obviously didn't have any good result with Gumy, but that was especially because of all his injuries I guess..

Eden
09-17-2006, 11:35 AM
Thanks for this info :wavey: Well, it must have been a difficult situation for both - Guga and Gumy. How can a trainer do his job when the player has to suffer injuries all the time?
Lets hope that Guga will find a coach who suits to him and is able to help him on his way :)

Eden
10-03-2006, 08:39 PM
More reports about Guga and Larri :)

TENNIS: KUERTEN AL LAVORO CON PASSOS MA ANCORA INCERTA DATA RIENTRO

Florianopolis, 3 ott. - (Adnkronos/Dpa) - Il tennista brasiliano Gustavo Kuerten e' tornato ad allenarsi con il tecnico brasiliano, Larri Passos, ed ha annunciato che e' intenzionato a rientrare nel circuito professionistico solo quando sara' al meglio della forma, dopo aver completamente recuperato, quindi, dall'infortunio all'anca che lo ha costretto a due operazioni. ''Non voglio fissare degli obbiettivi in questo primo mese, non voglio lavorare pensando ad un torneo, ma solo a stare bene in campo e sentirmi pronto al rientro. Voglio tornare quando sono la top della forma e credo di avere questa forza dentro di me'', ha detto Kuerten.

Passos ha iniziato ad allenare 'Guga' Kuerten nel 1989 e sotto le sue 'cure' il giocatore brasiliano ha conquistato 20 titoli individuali, perfino quello del Roland Garros, per ben tre volte. Nel marzo dell'anno scorso Kuerten decise di rompere il contratto con l'allenatore, ma sabato scorso ha annunciato che aveva deciso di tornare a lavorare con Passos. ''Questo ritorno sara' molto importante, voglio essere piu' sciolto, piu' felice in campo, spostarmi al meglio nel rettangolo di gioco'', ha detto il 30enne tennista, che la settimana scorsa e' tornato a giocare in doppio in Coppa Davis contro la Svezia per l'accesso al Gruppo Mondiale. Nonostante la sconfitta Kuerten si e' mostrato entusiasta di essere tornato in buone condizioni dopo un'assenza forzata di sette mesi. Il tecnico Passos ha spiegato che su 'Guga' sara' fatto un lavoro ''paziente di recupero graduale''. ''Se finisce la giornata stanco e si sveglia ansioso di tornare ad allenarsi, per me quello sara' gia' un successo''.

Source: http://www.adnkronos.com/3Level.php?cat=Sport&loid=1.0.556149002

I desperately wait for an English article on the web :cool:

Eden
10-03-2006, 08:39 PM
Larri quer transformar Guga em uma Ferrari
03/10/2006 10:22:47 - GloboEsporte.com

Apesar da mudança de treinador, Gustavo Kuerten segue com o objetivo de se preparar bem antes de voltar a participar do circuito profissional. Segundo Larri Passos, o próximo passo da dupla será avaliar o estágio em que Guga se encontra atualmente para poder projetar as ações para o futuro. E espera transformar o tenista em uma Ferrari, voltando ao topo do ranking masculino.

- Se eu tenho uma Ferrari, vou trabalhar com ela. Se eu tenho um DKV, vou trabalhar de acordo com o motor dele. Tenho que me adequar de acordo com quantos cavalos ele (Guga) tem. Nestes cinco dias, a gente está vendo quantos cavalos ele tem. Se ele acordar com felicidade pela manhã e souber que este é o caminho dele, então não vai ter problema - diz Larri, brincando logo em seguida:

- Como ele veio de vermelho hoje, de repente já está virando uma ferrari.

Guga espera que o "mecânico" Larri dê um jeito no seu "motor".

- Cheguei como um Defender... Pelo menos tem uma tradição, experiência e agora o mecânico aqui vai dar um jeito. Agora o dia-a-dia é na quadra, o treinamento buscando o meu reencontro no próprio treino, me sentido à vontade, me deslocando cada vez mais.

O ex-número 1 do mundo não quer pensar em torneios por enquanto.

- Queremos primeiro montar todas as peças no seu devido lugar. O meu corpo é quem vai dar as respostas para nós acrescentarmos dificuldades no nosso trabalho. De repente, vou estar dizendo que estou pronto para disputar os torneios.

O treinador está confiante na obstinação do seu pupilo em voltar a ser um dos melhores tenistas do circuito.

- Nestes cinco dias, tenho estado bastante feliz. Se ele chegar de noite em casa e dormir feliz por estar cansado, acordar de manhã, pular da cama e dizer que está louco para começar de novo, já estou tendo sucesso.

Source: http://gazetaonline.globo.com/esporteonline/outrosesportes/tenis/tenis_materia.php?cd_matia=223093&cd_site=0844

Eden
10-05-2006, 09:31 PM
http://i.eurosport.co.uk/2006/10/05/311580-1457406-458-238.jpg

Kuerten to reunite with Passos

Gustavo Kuerten will reunite with his former coach Larri Passos, the three time French Open champion announced on Thursday.

Kuerten – who is commonly known as Guga – worked with Passos for 15 years between 1989 to 2005 but has only played two events this season, at Costa do Sauipe and the Davis Cup doubles tie against Sweden.
“We are starting our journey again, this long time partnership,” said Guga.
“I felt the need to have the best option to get me back to the top level and the person who knows me better, whom I trust the most and who always made me play tennis happily is Larri.
“For me it is a very happy moment to be back with Larri. I am back with him because I want to overcome myself.”
Since the split with Passos in early 2005, Kuerten – who has claimed 20 ATP titles in his career including the circuit-ending Tennis Masters Cup in 2000 – had been working with former ATP player Hernan Gumy.
“It was good working with Hernan. He was important for me at that time, but I was most of the time injured and I felt the need to change, to get my motivation back,” he said.
Kuerten – who has recently has two hip operations and is yet to set a date to return to the Tour – denies rumours he is thinking about retiring but instead insists that he can return to his previous form.
“My utmost goal is to play the way I used to, to practice the way I used to and get ready to go on the tour and face the top players,” Kuerten added.
“I have not set a date. My body will let me know when I am ready. I have to be calm, patient and believe in our work.”

Source: http://www.eurosport.co.uk/tennis/masters-cup/2006/sport_sto978677.shtml

Eden
11-11-2006, 01:00 PM
Guga Returns to Tournament Play at Copa Petrobras

Former ATP World No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten will end a ninth-month hiatus next week when he plays the Asuncion Challenger as part of the South American Challenger Circuit, the "Copa Petrobras." The three-time Roland Garros champion has received a wild card into the singles and doubles draws.
Guga's Player Profile
Kuerten has played just one singles match this season: a first-round loss to fellow Brazilian Andre Ghem in Costa do Sauipe in late February. Since then Kuerten's only appearance has been a Davis Cup doubles match against Sweden in late September. (He and Andre Sa lost in four sets to Simon Aspelin and Jonas Bjorkman.)
In 2005 Kuerten finished outside the Top 100 for the first time in 10 years as injuries (including hip and foot complaints) and poor form restricted him to just 16 matches from 10 tournaments. In 2006 he has continued his rehabilitation from his September 2004 hip surgery.

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

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

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/shared/2006/180x250/kuerten33.jpg

Source: http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2006/kuerten_returns.asp

aussie_fan
12-14-2006, 02:44 AM
Kuerten eyes Aust Open
Sportal


Former world No.1 Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten has applied for a wildcard for the Australian Open in January.

Kuerten, a triple Grand Slam champion, is making his comeback after being sidelined for the better part of a year due to a hip problem and is looking to kick start his renewed campaign at the year's first Grand Slam in Melbourne.

"Now it's time to schedule and compete more and more," said the Brazilian on www.eurosport.com

"I have two options to start the new year. I can fly to Australia or warm up to play the Sao Paulo Open and some other Challengers we have here (in South America)."

The three-time French Open champion, who won his last title back in 2004, has slipped to No. 1079 in the world rankings but sees the Aussie Open as the perfect way to mount his revival.

"If I have the opportunity to go to Australia and be with the other guys, train along with higher standard players, it could be a good experience and it may motivate me to play my best tennis."

Billabong
12-14-2006, 04:32 AM
I also posted it on the chat thread;) Nice to see Guga motivated to play with the best again:)

Alonsofz
12-19-2006, 02:08 AM
There's 99% of which the WC of Viña del Mar is for Guga, according to sources near to the organization of the tournament.

Billabong
12-19-2006, 03:37 AM
Nice news:yeah: Hopefully Guga can make good work out of it:yeah:

PennyThePenguin
12-19-2006, 06:43 AM
great!!! guga's coming baaaccckkk!!! tiny steps :)

Alonsofz
12-21-2006, 04:05 PM
Official: WC for Guga in Viña del Mar :D

http://www.cl.terra.com/tenis/interna/0,,OI1312849-EI6224,00.html

Lee
12-21-2006, 04:22 PM
:woohoo:

Good luck Guga!!

Eden
12-21-2006, 07:26 PM
Kuerten to return for Movistar Open in January
Dec. 21, 2006
CBS SportsLine.com wire reports


SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten will play in next month's Movistar Open.


Kuerten, who played sparingly this year because of injuries, received a wild card invitation from organizers to play in Chile.

"This is a good opportunity to add points to the rankings," Kuerten said Thursday. "I know it will be a strong tournament, but I should have enough time to prepare myself."

The 30-year-old Kuerten played only two singles match this year, the last in a Challenger Series event in Paraguay in November. He also is set to play in the Feb. 12-18 Brasil Open.

The 1,078th-ranked Brazilian spent several weeks at a clinic in the United States earlier in the year with a chronic hip injury.

Kuerten, who missed last year's event in Vina Del Mar because of an ankle injury, reached the final in 2004, losing to Fernando Gonzalez of Chile.

The other wild card for the clay-court tournament, which begins Jan. 29, was given to Marcelo Rios of Chile.

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 '01.

AP NEWS

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Good luck Guga :)

tall_one
12-22-2006, 12:30 AM
:banana:

re:Rios :scratch: I thought he was playing the seniors tour. he shouldn't be playing both tours

Billabong
12-22-2006, 02:28 PM
Yah that's weird to see Rios there:o

But Guga:woohoo: Hopefully he can have a good showing:)

Lee
12-22-2006, 03:55 PM
:banana:

re:Rios :scratch: I thought he was playing the seniors tour. he shouldn't be playing both tours

Yah that's weird to see Rios there:o

But Guga:woohoo: Hopefully he can have a good showing:)

:secret: Don't let any Rios fan hear you. :bolt:

tall_one
12-23-2006, 06:13 AM
i always liked Rios, he drove Agassi nuts :lol: i just don't think you should be able to play on the seniors tour if you are still playing the regular tour, even if it is only once in a while :shrug:

Eden
01-08-2007, 09:07 PM
Kuerten in new comeback bid

From correspondents in Rio de Janeiro

FORMER world No.1 Gustavo Kuerten is set to make another comeback bid later this month after a year wrecked by a recurrent hip injury.
The 30-year-old Brazilian is to play in a second-tier Challenger Series tournament in Santiago, Chile, from January 22.
If that goes well, he intends to play in the ATP claycourt tournament in Vina del Mar, Chile, from January 29 and then take part in a Challenger tournament in his home town of Florianopolis from February 5.
Kuerten will seek a wildcard to play in the Costa do Sauipe ATP tournament the following week, an event he has won twice before, hoping that could set him up for the European claycourt season.

Kuerten enjoyed his greatest triumphs on the slow, red surface, winning the French Open in 1997, 2000 and 2001, but he also won the 2000 Masters Cup on hardcourts on his way to the world No.1 ranking.
Hip injuries in 2002 and 2004 saw him sidelined, though, and he has since struggled to rediscover his top form, playing just one full ATP tour game last year.
"Each one of these tournaments will be important for me to get back my rhythm and win some ranking points," Kuerten said.
"I need to compete, get into tough games, play, grab my chances and get back to where I belong."

Source: http://townsvillebulletin.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,7034,21018794%255E23216,00.html

Naide
02-02-2007, 01:23 PM
ill try to translate laterhttp://img293.imageshack.us/img293/1861/24586939bm1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Billabong
02-13-2007, 11:21 PM
After the waited victory, Guga now wants regularity

13/02/2007 to 18h17
Frank Fernando
Special of the Coast of the Sauípe

After the victory so waited, Gustavo Kuerten wants the regularity now. It was this what the tricampeão of Roland Garros after affirmed the triumph for 6/1 and 6/3 on Italian Filippo Volandri, seventh favourite person or thing of the ATP of the Coast of the Sauípe, in the estréia of the competition.

"Now the main one for me is to play with regularity. After being successful, what I want is to have a continuity. If I to play well in eight of each ten departures, will be in the certain way ", I affirmed the catarinense, that stumbled at adversaries with ranking and much more modest resumes of that Volandri.

Guga did not win a departure since the confrontation between Brazil and Uruguay for the Pantry Davis, in September of 2005, when it surpassed Marcel Felder. Jejum of 17 months was one. "Today it is one day very happy. I always tried to have tranquillity. For me it was only one question of time. Clearly that you train and work, but the victory brings this sensation, this confidence ", only said.

The departure against Volandri lasted "instantaneous" 46 minutes. After the end point, nothing of great commemorations: Guga smiled and only was thankful the public. To speech on the confrontation, former-number 1 of the world counted that he was relaxed. "I was to the will, I was growing. My style is this, start 60 or 70% and goes going up. I tried to play a point behind the other, with calm. Today I obtained to make my game ", evaluated.

Questioned on the apathy and the lack of movement of Volandri, Guga preferred to value its positive result against a tenista top 50. "I perceived that it was not very and the left of it, that it is good, was bad well. But I find that my possibilities increase when the face is more top. I faced people in Challenger that seemed that it was playing plays it of the life of them. E today seemed only plus a game for the Volandri. Pra me, this victory valley very ".

With the classification for the eighth-of-end of Brazil Open, Guga already more than gave a jump of 300 positions in ranking. It needs to occupy a good rank in the list of the ATP not to more than depend invitations on organizadores. The tenista of Florianópolis, however, does not intend to dispute lesser events for this.

"How much less challengers I to play, better. My priority is to dispute matches ATP. Clearly that some Challenger will be had that is valid the penalty, can be ", concludes the catarinense, that faces Italian Alessio Di Mauro or the native of São Paulo Flávio Saretta in the next round.

Hagar
02-14-2007, 01:52 PM
It's great to see that Guga still wants to come back even when he's earned enough money and has won enough titles to retire.
Isn't he the only player on the ATP, apart from Federer, that has won 3 grand slams?
I admire Guga's courage but at the same time I didn't expect anything less of him because he is a champion.

I know one thing: if he plays at Roland Garros this year, I'll jump on the first train to Paris and I'll pay a fortune for a ticket on the black market if that is what it takes to see him play!

Eden
02-14-2007, 05:12 PM
KUERTEN NOT YET FALLING ON GUSTAVO'S CAREER

Brazil's most famous tennis player isn't ready to draw the curtain on his career just yet.
That was evident on Tuesday at the Brazil Open as Gustavo Kuerten put paid to Italian Filippo Volandri in their first round match.
A three-time French Open winner, Guga, as he is affectionately known in his native Brazil, had always played with a smile before a hip injury began to trouble him and put his career in jeopardy.
The hip was in such bad shape last year that Kuerten went all of 2006 without a single ATP-level match victory.
That painful streak came to an end on Tuesday when Kuerten defeated Volandri, the world number 44, in Costa do Sauipe.
"The victory is the best feeling that a person can have," Kuerten said.
"Without a doubt for me, today is a very happy day, the motivation it gives me and the enthusiasm.
"That sensation of the victory is crucial. It's the fuel that every player requires."

The last time Kuerten, now 30, had tasted victory was back in 2005, in the first round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.
He'd come back from losing the opening set to beat Spaniard Tommy Robredo, but then crashed out to American Paul Goldstein in his next game.
That was the start of a barren run.
He took part in just two ATP matches, losing in the Brazil Open first round to Andrew Ghem and then several months later to Rainer Eitzinger of Austria in a Challenger event staged in Asuncion, Paraguay.
In just 46 minutes against Volandri on Tuesday, though, Kuerten made the Italian look as if he was the one with a hip problem.
The Brazilian won 6-3 6-1, acing his opponent 13 times.
"I took control of the game early and took more risks, without concerning myself too much about the scoreboard," Kuerten said.
"I played one point after the next, getting into a good sequence."
"Guga moved very well and showed enough with his legs," Volandri said.
"It remains to see how he reacts in other situations of the game, against other adversaries".
Kuerten will play again on Thursday.
"This is what gives you the confidence to come back, and believe more and more.
"No coach can replace that (feeling)."

Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=international_feed/07/02/14/TENNIS_Bra-Kuerten.html

Billabong
02-14-2007, 06:09 PM
awww great quotes from Guga, thanks:hug: I love this one:
"That sensation of the victory is crucial. It's the fuel that every player requires."

tall_one
02-19-2007, 06:22 PM
Guga Takes a Music Lesson at Brasil Open
February 16, 2007 © Joao Pires

Three-time Roland Garros champion Gustavo Kuerten met with approximately 150 kids at Costa do Sauipe Saturday. The children are part of the social project called 'berimbau' (berimbau is the name of the musical instrument in the picture.) The typical music played with the instrument is 'capoeira'.

The children gave Kuerten a 'berimbau' as a gift and played capoeira for the Brazilian superstar.

Kuerten said: "I think this initiative of bringing the children to watch the Brasil Open is fantastic. It's quite important for their self-esteem. I truly enjoyed watching them as I was able to learn something new."

The social project benefits a region of 10,000 habitants close to Costa do Sauipe.

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/2007/180x250/gugakids1.jpg http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/2007/other/gugakids2.jpg

source: http://www.atptennis.com/en/news/2007/kuerten_musickids.asp

Billabong
02-20-2007, 04:32 AM
awww thanks Nicki:kiss:

tall_one
02-20-2007, 05:42 AM
anytime Seb :hug: