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...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.
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