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Kuerten otrzymał Nagrodę Philippe'a Chatriera

Brazylijczyk Gustavo Kuerten, trzykrotny triumfator wielkoszlemowego turnieju na kortach ziemnych im. Rolanda Garrosa (1997, 2000-01), odebrał w Paryżu nagrodę Philippe'a Chatriera za całokształt swoich osiągnięć w tenisie

Ceremonia wręczenia odbyła się tradycyjnie w połowie drugiego tygodnia Roland Garros, podczas dorocznej "Kolacji Mistrzów" w Pavilion d'Armenonville w Lasku Bulońskim.

Kapituła Nagrody Philippe'a Chatriera przyznaje ją byłym gwiazdom tenisa, która w szczególny sposób zasłużyły sobie na pamięć i uznanie, a Kuerten był w poprzednich dwóch dekadach jednym z najwybitniejszych specjalistów od gry na mączce ceglanej. Był też liderem rankingu ATP World Tour oraz jednym z najsympatyczniejszych zawodników startujących w cyklu, ale także trzykrotnym mistrzem z paryskich kortów.

"Guga" nie krył łez wzruszenia, gdy odbierał statuetkę, a w tym uroczystym wieczorze towarzyszyli mu jego matka, brat, narzeczona i były trener Larri Passos.

Poza tą nagrodą podczas "Kolacji Mistrzów" uhonorowano także najlepszych tenisistów i tenisistki ostatniego roku. Ten tytuł przypadł Szwajcarowi Rogerowi Federerowi i Amerykance Serenie Williams, liderom rankingów ATP i WTA, którzy w Paryżu odpadli w ćwierćfinałach.

- Pamiętam, kiedy przyjechałem tu w 1999 roku po swoją nagrodę w kategorii juniorów. Wtedy uczestniczyłem w turnieju w Chorwacji, a przyjechałem tu najpierw autobusem, a później metrem. To ważne, że dziś znów tu jestem. To dla mnie ogromny zaszczyt, ale i okazja, by złożyć wyrazy uznania dla Gustavo - powiedział Federer.

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Gustavo Kuerten: Książę Paryża

Trzykrotny zwycięzca turnieju Rolanda Garrosa Gustavo Kuerten znalazł się – obok nieżyjącego już kierowcy Formuły 1 Ayrtona Senny i legendy futbolu – Pelego wśród trzech największych sportowców w historii Brazylii.

Niemieckie korzenie

Gustavo Kuerten urodził się 10 września 1976 r. we Florianopolis, gdzie na początku lat 30. XX w. osiedlili się jego niemieccy dziadkowie. To właśnie babci w znacznej mierze zawdzięcza późniejsze sukcesy, która po wczesnej śmierci ojca małego Gustavo sprzedała fabrykę tekstyliów, aby chłopczyk mógł kontynuować lekcje tenisa.

Zawodową karierę rozpoczął w 1996 r. od wygranej nad Wenezuelczykiem Nicolasem Pereirą 6-2, 6-7, 6-1, 6-2. Rok później dwudziestojednolatek z Brazylii zwrócił na siebie uwagę podczas turnieju w Memphis, gdzie w dwóch setach pokonał ówczesną gwiazdę tenisa Andre Agassiego. Miesiąc później ograł reprezentanta RPA Wayne’a Ferreirę.

Pierwsze sukcesy w Paryżu

Na występy, które poprzedzały pierwszy w karierze Kuertena turniej Rolanda Garrosa, najlepiej należałoby spuścić zasłonę milczenia. Na swój debiutancki French Open Brazylijczyk przyjechał jako 66. tenisista świata. Zamieszkał w tanim hoteliku. We francuskiej stolicy grał jednak rewelacyjnie.

Po pięciosetowych bojach pokonał Austriaka Mustera, Ukraińca Miedwiediewa i obrońcę tytułu Jewgienija Kafelnikowa z Rosji. W finale bez trudu uporał się z byłym mistrzem Paryża Sergim Bruguerą. Tym samym został trzecim nierozstawionym tenisistą w historii, który zwyciężył na kortach Rolanda Garrosa.

Natychmiast awansował na 15. miejsce w rankingu ATP. Ale nie udało mu się obronić tytułu. Już w II rundzie przegrał z Maratem Safinem 2-3. Kilkanaście miesięcy później nie dał rady Rosjaninowi na twardych kortach w Melbourne. Mimo wszystko sezon 1999 popularny „Guga” mógł zaliczyć do udanych. Zwyciężył w turniejach w Monte Carlo i Rzymie.

Jedenaście meczboli

Sezon 2000 był najlepszy w karierze Brazylijczyka. Wprawdzie na twardej nawierzchni w Miami górą był Pete Sampras, to na ceglanej mączce Kuerten nie miał w zasadzie sobie równych. Triumfował w Santiago i Hamburgu. Po raz kolejny wygrał również w ukochanym przez siebie Paryżu wyrzucając z drabinki m.in. Kafelnikowa i Juana Carlosa Ferrero. W finale po epickim boju pokonał Szweda Magnusa Normana 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (6) i po raz drugi w karierze uniósł w górę Puchar Muszkieterów. Brazylijczykowi dysponującemu jednym z najlepszych bekhendów w historii „Białego sportu” często zdarzały się momenty dekoncentracji. Po zwycięstwo w Paryżu sięgnął wykorzystując dopiero jedenastą piłkę meczową!

Numer 1 na świecie i trzeci triumf w Paryżu

Pod koniec sezonu udowodnił, że całkiem nieźle radzi sobie również na kortach twardych – wygrał turniej w Indianapolis oraz kończący rozgrywki turniej Masters w Lizbonie, gdzie w finale nie dał szans Agassiemu, wygrywając w trzech setach 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Dzięki temu po raz pierwszy w historii rankingu ATP sezon na 1. miejscu kończył gracz z Ameryki Południowej. Rok później wychowanek Larriego Passosa był jeszcze lepszy. Triumfował w Buenos Aires, Acapulco, Monte Carlo, Rzymie. Co ciekawe, w Paryżu największy opór stawił mu Amerykanin Russell, który prowadził z utytułowanym rywalem 2-0, by ostatecznie przegrać 2-3. W finale „Guga” pewnie pokonał Hiszpana Corretję.

Kontuzje i porażki

Kariera Brazylijczyka powoli staczała się po równi pochyłej. Turniej Rolanda Garrossa w 2002 r. zakończył w IV rundzie porażką z późniejszym triumfatorem Alberto Costą z Hiszpanii. Coraz częściej nie dawał rady niżej notowanym rywalom, takim jak Holender Schalken, czy Taj Srichanphan. Największym sukcesem Brazylijczyka w 2003 r. był triumf w rozgrywanym na początku roku turnieju w nowozelandzkim Auckland i rozgrywce w St. Petersburgu pod koniec sezonu.

Kolejny rok pokazał, że w zawodowym tenisie Gustavo Kuerten nie powiedział jeszcze ostatniego słowa. W 2004 nie znalazł pogromców w rozgrywanym w domu turnieju w Bahii. W Paryżu, w ćwierćfinale nie sprostał Argentyńczykowi Davidowi Nalbandianowi.

Nękany przez kontuzję „Guga” startował coraz rzadziej. W sezonach 2005-2006 rozegrał tylko 14 oficjalnych spotkań. I w rankingu ATP przesuwał się coraz niżej. W 2008 roku wygrał tylko jeden mecz – z Kolumbijczykiem Salamancą.

Karierę zakończył na swoich ukochanych kortach w Paryżu. Z francuską publicznością pożegnał się już w I rundzie turnieju ulegając ulubieńcowi miejscowych Pierre’owi Andre Mathieu w trzech setach. Mimo zawrotnej kariery, milionów dolarów, które zarobił na korcie nie zmieniły jednak charakteru Kuertena. Na zawsze pozostał sympatycznym chłopakiem z brazylijskiej prowincji. Każdą wygraną dedykował niepełnosprawnemu bratu Guillermo.

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Guga Kuerten nominowany do Tenisowej Galerii Sław.

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Gustavo Kuerten was a three-time champion at
Roland Garros.


Brazilian tennis superstar Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten has been nominated to receive the highest honour available in the sport of tennis, induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.


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Guga Kuerten nominowany do Tenisowej Galerii Sław.

Można powiedzieć, że zrobili mu prezent urodziny, ponieważ dzisiaj Guga obchodzi swoje 35 urodziny. ;-)


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Biofile with Gustavo Kuerten

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I did this Biofile with Guga at the U.S. Open in 2008, the year before the beloved Brazilian retired from tennis at Roland Garros in 2009…

What was your greatest tennis moment? “As achievement I think the Masters Cup in 2000 when I beat Agassi in the final.”

Most painful moment? “Forget already [laughs]. Don’t remember.”

First tennis memory? “Playing my father, in my club.”

Tennis inspiration? “I really enjoyed watching Stefan Edberg.”

Pre-match feeling? “It’s always fun just to be there. I like playing at big events for good crowds. It’s great to be there. I just think of the way I have to play. I try to be prepared for the match with strategy.”

Early tennis memory? “Seven years old, I was playing in my first tournament. My start in tennis. I lost. I had 5-2 in the third set and lost 6-5. Wasn’t a good experience. I always cry after I lose when I was a kid [smiles].”

Funny tennis memory? “I had, once, I went for a sponsorship tryout (age 18). I got there. I saw my plan for the year long, how I wish the guy could help me out. And then he went and consulted another player. It was a word for not to give this help to me. And then the guy said, ‘No, he’s too skinny, he has no power [smiles]. I don’t think it’s gonna be a good idea, a good investment [smiles].’ At the end, I finish up, do all this stuff – and I know very well the guy still so far, so every time he comes to me – he got a lot from this. So, for me, it’s funny how to look back and see, at this stage, how I was really no big hopes and yet I find my career. So I was really scared.”

Embarrassing memory? “Ah, I think every time you lose badly once you are playing an important match, I think it’s kind of an embarrassing situation.”

Favorite tournament? “Roland Garros.”

Favorite players to watch? “I like watching many of the players. There’s not any one that I prefer the most but I think the characters still left are still Safin, Haas, besides Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Roddick – probably the ones, for me, that bring more attention from the crowd.”

What match did you feel you played your absolute best? “I think this match against Andre in the final (Masters Cup in Lisbon) was probably one of the matches I play most perfect in.”

When did you first sense it would be a special day? Or with the #1 ranking at stake, were you just not going to lose to anyone that day? “You have this kind of feeling I think once you get to this stage it’s like cruising.”

French Open final – Guga at your best vs. Nadal at his best – what happens? “I don’t know, anything can happen [smiles]. I think it would be very interesting. I think a lot of people would like to solve that question [smiles].”

Do you study him? Watch his matches in Paris thinking you could defeat him? “I think it’s not the way to think like that. I think he’s getting better and better still. Every year I watch him play, on any surface, he’s still improving. And he has already a big gap between the other players. So that’s really taking a lot of attention for myself – I wouldn’t believe he would get so much distance from the others.”

Could you return to singles play? “Right now there’s no chance. I need to have more endurance and agility. Hopefully it can come together but I don’t like to play singles if I don’t even have a chance to win.”

People Qualities Most Admired? “I think respect, education. I think respect for each other and then well educated. I think that’s a good start already.”

Closest friends from tennis? “Lapentti maybe.”

Funniest players encountered? “Santoro [smiles]. I think Santoro is the funniest by far. And Agassi.”

Toughest competitors? “Nadal.”


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Gustavo Who?

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8 Jun 1997: Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil kisses the French Open Trophy
after victory against Sergi Bruguera of Spain at Roland Garros Stadium
in Paris, France.


Why was it a shock?

To reiterate the title, Gustavo who?

Leading into the 1997 French Open, Gustavo Kuerten won a warm-up tournament in Curitiba, though the highest ranked player that he defeated was 154th.

He didn’t have any credentials which earmarked him as a Grand Slam contender, let alone winner.

Clay court maestro Thomas Muster, the Spanish contingent led by Àlex Corretja, defending champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and even Pete Sampras were at better odds than Kuerten to win the French Open.

What happened?

It was the 1997 French Open and Kuerten began to raise some eyebrows when he knocked out Muster and then Kafelnikov.

To that point, people had just noticed Kuerten’s very distinguishable grunt, a peculiar serve, and a catchy nickname—Guga.

Two-time French Open champion Sergi Bruguera was the lowest Spanish seed, yet he was the one who reached the final.

In the final, the unseeded 20 year old Kuerten easily beat Bruguera 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

What was so shocking was at the time, Kuerten was the second lowest ever ranked player to win a Grand Slam.

What followed for Kuerten was a love affair with the French Open, as he triumphed two more times in 2000 and 2001.


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Artykuł po drugim sukcesie Kuertena w Paryżu.

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Brazilian wins second French Open title

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Gustavo Kuerten survived a late surge by Magnus Norman
to capture his second French Open title.


PARIS (AP) - It wasn't easy, and it certainly wasn't pretty, but Gustavo Kuerten managed to capture his second French Open title on Sunday.

After having ten chances to close out the match, the Brazilian finally won on the 11th championship point when Magnus Norman hit a forehand barely wide to give Kuerten a 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (8-6) victory.

"Every time I thought I was going to win, and then it was one more, and one more, and one more," an exhausted Kuerten said.

It took the Brazilian three hours, 44 minutes to earn his second French Open title.

Norman faced the first championship point serving at 4-5 in the fourth set, and he hit a forehand that Kuerten thought landed wide. But umpire Francois Pareau climbed out of his chair, looked at the ball mark and ruled the shot good, making the score 30-40.

Kuerten argued briefly, but the drama was jut beginning. Norman won the next point and a third championship point in the game as well.

Then another close call went against Kuerten: He hit a forehand that was first called good, but an overrule by Pareau gave Norman the point and the game, making the score 5-5.

As the tension built, Norman saved four more championship points serving at 5-6, finally winning the 24-point game when Kuerten dumped a backhand into the net.

That forced the tiebreaker. Kuerten took a quick 3-0 lead, Norman rallied to 3-3, and Kuerten went ahead 6-3.

That gave the Brazilian three more championship points, and each ended with a Kuerten error -- a lunging forehand long, a wild backhand and then another forehand long.

Match Stats
Statistics from Gustavo Kuerten's 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (8-6) win over Magnus Norman

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Kuerten - Category - Norman
49 First serve percentage 55
9 Aces 9
3 Double Faults 8
47 Winners 66
72 Unforced Errors 86
7/32 Break points won/total 5/13
Match duration: 3 hours, 44 minutes



At 6-6, Kuerten regrouped with a service winner for 7-6. Norman then slugged a forehand that landed just wide, giving Kuerten the victory. He also won the title at Roland Garros in 1997.

"Here I am again," the 23-year-old Kuerten (pronounced Keer-ten) told the crowd during the trophy ceremony. "I'm so happy to be here."

The scruffy, scrappy Brazilian overtook Norman atop this year's ATP rankings race and earned 4.24 million francs (about $600,000). Norman received 2.12 million francs (about $300,000).

"You did a great job," Norman told Kuerten. "You really deserved to win."

After the match, a small group of Brazilian students playing percussion instruments celebrated the victory by leading several dozen fans in a victory procession through the crowd.

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"Magnus Norman usually is an early riser, but he forgot to set his alarm Sunday morning. Not until the third set did he come out of his sleepwalk to produce some breathtaking tennis. While Norman was shaking off the cobwebs, Gustavo Kuerten -- the much calmer of the two -- was on his game, particularly his backhand, taking an easy two-set lead. But with new gal pal Martina Hingis looking on from the players box, Norman finally turned the final into a great match, winning the third set and pulling to 4-4 in the fourth. The Swede went down fighting, stretching the deciding set to an epic one hour, 36 minutes before Kuerten extracted an error on his 11th match point to claim his second Grand Slam title -- both at the French -- and overtake Norman atop the points race."
-- SI's Jon Wertheim.


Frenchwoman Mary Pierce won her second French Open title in 24 hours Sunday, teaming with Martina Hingis to win the final in women's doubles. They swept the last six games and beat Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suarez 6-2, 6-4.

The last woman to win both titles in the same year was Martina Navratilova in 1984.

The fifth-seeded Kuerten dominated the first 90 minutes but then began to tire, and the third-seeded Norman won six consecutive games to get back into the match.

Kuerten, bothered by a sore back and pushed to five sets in his past two matches, received back and calf massages from a trainer and looked increasingly weary as the match tightened.

But then, down a service break in the fourth set, Kuerten caught his second wind. He broke back and then held serve for a 5-4 lead to set the stage for the wild finish.

The matchup of the hottest players on the men's tour was a mismatch at the start, with Norman erratic in his first Grand Slam final. The normally steady Swede, apparently unnerved by the occasion, trailed 4-0 after just 15 minutes.

Norman changed his racket, changed his shirt and finally changed his luck, winning the final five games of the third set.

A patient Kuerten rarely ventured inside the baseline at the outset. Instead he kept his groundstrokes deep, mixed in a few drop shots and waited for his opponent's mistakes to mount.

Norman uncharacteristically was called for two early foot faults, a sign of nerves. He shanked several forehands, including one that sailed 30 feet high on set point to end the second set.

The capacity center court crowd was divided in its loyalty, chanting Kuerten's nickname of "Guga, Guga," but also rooting for the Norman comeback that finally came.


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A Victorious Kuerten Clinches No. 1
By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY

LISBON, Dec. 3— Gustavo Kuerten will never create a bigger surprise than the one he did at the 1997 French Open, where he emerged from very deep in the background and his two-star hotel to win the world's biggest clay-court tennis tournament. He did it by beating three former champions and by recovering from five-setters the way a marathoner recovers from a jog on the beach.

No, Guga, as Kuerten is known in his native Brazil, may never top that. But he came close enough today at the Masters Cup, the year-end tour championship that features the world's top eight players.

Kuerten arrived in the Portuguese capital having never reached a final of any indoor event. Though he was in second place in the new season-long points race, he was still a near insurmountable 115 points behind Marat Safin of Russia after the first two days of round-robin play at this event, where one loss does not necessarily a loser make.

At that stage, Safin needed just one more victory or one more Kuerten loss to clinch the No. 1 ranking. Safin failed to beat Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi in consecutive matches. But Kuerten succeeded, and when he finished serving for the match and a whole lot more in today's final, he was soon in possession of two trophies and wrapped up snugly in the Brazilian flag.

Not only had Kuerten, 24, won the title and $1.4 million by defeating Agassi, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, but he had also become the first South American in the history of the computer ranking to finish at No. 1. He is the first non-American to finish on top since the Swede Stefan Edberg in 1991.

''This is the happiest day of my life,'' said Kuerten, who enjoyed the rare privilege of delivering his victory speech in his native language, Portuguese.

Kuerten saved 16 break points in a row over the weekend: nine in his three-set victory over Sampras in Saturday's semifinal and then all seven he faced against Agassi, 30, who beat Kuerten in three sets in a round-robin match on Tuesday.

''I think I got one ball in play on my opportunities to really make the match close,'' Agassi said.

Kuerten said of Agassi and Sampras: ''They were made to be champions. It wasn't the same for me. I came from a little town. Brazil has no championship, no ATP tournament.

''I think I'm a lucky guy, but also I've been very determined and very strong.''

Agassi was not about to argue. ''There's really only a few great things to accomplish in this sport,'' he said. ''Winning all the Slams, Davis Cup, the gold medal and finishing the year No. 1. Today he accomplished a truly great thing.''

Safin, 20, will now have to get back in line and wait his turn. He won a season-high seven tournaments, including the United States Open.

Kuerten had highlights of his own. He won his second French Open title in June and four other tournaments.

Since the computer ranking was established in 1973, the No. 1 spot had never been decided in the final match, but this year was unusual from the start. The ranking system was revamped: shifting from a system in which a player could become No. 1 at any time during the season to a January-to-December points race in which only the endgame truly counted.

Kuerten nipped Safin in the ranking by 15 points. Sampras finished third and was followed by Magnus Norman, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Agassi.

Kuerten made it to the top despite a sore back that troubled him last week and throughout the season. But he was feeling no pain as he wrapped his arms around his mother, Olga, and lifted her off the ground in a celebratory embrace.


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TENNIS; Kuerten Aiming to Keep His Life Simple
By SELENA ROBERTS

PARIS, May 26— There was a party going on inside a friend's apartment not far from a hidden stretch of Brazilian beach that serves as a sandy crash pad for surfers.

The music was playing, the salt air was mixing with the taste of barbecue and the dancing had begun. And in walked Gustavo Kuerten, the gangly tennis star with corkscrew curls that flop above an upper body shaped like a coat hanger.

In baggy clothes and sandals, with a jalopy of a sedan for transportation, Kuerten did not fit the common image of fame. Although the man Brazilians affectionately call Guga receives the kind of hyperventilating admiration reserved for rock stars and soccer icons, Kuerten did not arrive with a model on his arm.

He brought his party sidekick, Guilherme Kuerten. He is the smiling younger brother of Guga, proud keeper of his trophies. He is mentally handicapped, physically disabled and Kuerten's constant reminder to keep life simple. ''I take him everywhere I can,'' Kuerten said in a recent interview. ''Sometimes, I will take him someplace where you wouldn't expect a handicapped guy to go, like parties. But what's nice, really, is for me to just share moments with him. Sometimes, we just eat together and play cards. Small things are important to him.''

Kuerten embodies that same philosophy. Whether he is describing how the moonlight hits the water off the Brazilian coast, or the timing it takes to swat a lob, he is absorbed in the tiny details. Unshaven and disheveled on the outside, he is meticulous and disciplined underneath. On the red clay of Roland Garros, Kuerten has dominated the surface with a combination of patience and a lion tamer's wrist-snap on shots that spin out of his 6-foot-3-inch frame. He may shrug off the attention of being the two-time French Open champion and the No. 1 seeded player when the season's second major begins here on Monday, but Kuerten will be a target for the rest of the men's field, including Andre Agassi.

At 31 years old, the third-seeded Agassi has tapped into a youth serum. The fast-food-junkie-turned-fitness-fanatic has watched opponents cramp, wither and wilt in front of him this year, but he just keeps going. He started off the season by winning the Australian Open title, then topped that with victories at Indian Wells and Miami. Some of the buzz around Agassi's chance at a Grand Slam has worn off in light of his recent stumbles on clay, but it is hard to underestimate his ability to put a run together. It was just two years ago when he won the French Open.

Others will be trying for their first title at Roland Garros. The second-seeded Marat Safin will be in a desperate search of the mental focus that carried him to the United States Open title last year. And as usual, the fifth-seeded Pete Sampras will be trying to slay the clay demons that have ushered him off the grounds after only four match victories in four years.

The same grainy surface that has been Sampras's sore spot has become Kuerten's comfort zone. He kicks up as much dust as a rodeo bull, and is up to his lug-nut knees in red clay, but Kuerten adores his messy playpen. ''I feel like I go in there with a little bit more knowledge of the place, and that has been built little by little,'' said Kuerten, who has a 19-3 record at the French Open. ''Then, since I won, it's been like my temple.''

In 1997, the camouflage was peeled away from Kuerten when he hoisted the French Open trophy into the air as the 66th-ranked player in the world. Over the last three years, Kuerten has proven he was not a one-hit wonder. Last year, after winning the French Open a second time, he went on to deliver an amazing season-ending performance.

In the span of 48 hours, Kuerten defeated Sampras and Agassi at the year-end tour championships. With that effort, he overcame a stunned Safin in the point totals and became the first South American in the history of the computer ranking to finish at No. 1.

All of Brazil cheered. After the country's beloved soccer team fell into disarray last year, Kuerten's achievement restored some lost spirit. ''The people, they were ready for some reason to celebrate,'' Kuerten said. ''It was one good present for them last year.''

Kuerten does not want anything in return. He respectfully declined to ride atop a fire truck in a parade to honor him; and, last year, he bristled at the tour's plan to promote him as a star in the ''New Balls, Please'' marketing campaign. He does not want to be the ''It'' guy on tour even if everyone else thinks of him as a natural for the spot.

''I think Kuerten has the flair,'' Sampras said. ''He is a really laid-back guy. He plays great tennis. People really warm up to him.''

On the court, with an animated style, he plays to the revved-up crowds. While he guards his privacy, he also understands his responsibility to the people who support him. He poses for pictures, signs autographs. But somehow, he has found a slice of solitude by staying true to his roots, living in a cozy beachside community in Brazil.

This is the life he knows. He was not born into tennis riches, but into a household supported by a father who sold siding. His mother was not from the country club set, but, instead, worked for the telephone company. By age 9, Kuerten was showing promise as a tennis player; but by age 10, he was fatherless. Aldo Kuerten died of a heart attack while umpiring a match.

''I think about him now differently than I did when it happened,'' Kuerten said. ''All the sadness then. It was a lot. But now, I think of him and the good times, you know? I think of him playing the music that he loved. He could play the guitar for four or five hours. I think now, if he was alive, all of the things that would be so nice for him to see. He could be enjoying my success.''

He could see how his son turned out to be a superstar content to live a simplified life.

''Guilherme has helped me appreciate everything,'' Kuerten said. ''I like to have friends around, go to the beach, enjoy the day. Sometimes, we have a full moon and a clear night. And when you have that, you go away from everything to do with tennis.''


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PARIS, June 10— The familiar drumbeat from the partying Brazilians had begun to echo across the grounds of Roland Garros today when their own Gustavo Kuerten stripped off his shirt on the center court podium and slipped into a Guga original.

It wasn't a work of art, more like Andy Warhol meets finger painter, but the shirt that Kuerten plucked from his pocket and pulled over his head was priceless. In blue magic marker, he had written ''Je Roland Garros'' on the front.

It's no wonder he loves this place. Once Alex Corretja's last desperate flick at a forehand floated wide to end the French Open final, Kuerten began jumping up and down with the zeal of a child splashing through puddles.

Once he went to the net to embrace the deflated Corretja -- whose chances for an upset peaked late in the second set, only to plummet during a 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-2, 6-0 loss -- Kuerten celebrated his second French Open title in a row, and third over all, by drawing his patented heart in the clay with the tip of his racket.

After his escape against the American qualifier Michael Russell in the Round of 16, when he survived a match point, Kuerten knelt inside a heart he drew. Today he lay on his back as if prepared to make a snow angel. When he sprang to his feet, he was covered in clay, from head to toe.

He was bathing in the glory of Roland Garros, a display of uncontainable happiness, unrestrained joy.

''Magic, I think,'' Kuerten said. ''Everything that happens to me here, it's like wonderful. You know, it's something you cannot explain. It's a place that I just love to be.''

His karma is untouchable here. Today, everything fell into place for the top-seeded Kuerten, including the weather. As the first-set tie breaker unfolded, a swirling wind created a dust storm on the court, leaving Kuerten blindly poking at a backhand volley that crashed into the net. On the next point, with the dust caking on his contact lenses, he handed the tie breaker to Corretja on a double fault.

Slowly, the ominous clouds gave way to the blue sky, and the winds died down as if on cue. With clear vision, and more confidence to go for winners on the lines, Kuerten began to find his rhythm in the second set. His first serve became dominating, his backhand unflappable. But he was not out of trouble just yet.

At 5-5 in the second set, Corretja had a break point on Kuerten's serve. But Corretja rifled a backhand wide, creating a deuce point. Kuerten then came up with two net-cord winners en route to holding his serve. A game later, Kuerten converted a break point to take the second set when Corretja plopped a forehand into the net.

Instead of having a chance to close out the second set and take a commanding lead, the 13th-seeded Corretja went into an emotional spiral.

''I lost my focus, I lost my game, I lost my North,'' Corretja said. ''I wasn't feeling too well because I knew that he was playing better.''

Almost outside of himself, Corretja watched his second chance at a French Open title slip away from him. Three years ago, Carlos Moya closed him out in straight sets in the final.

Corretja's chamber of torment is Kuerten's place of refuge. Sooner or later, he almost always wins at the French Open; he is now 26-3 at Roland Garros. His latest victory took him four match points on Corretja's serve. Overeager to end it, Kuerten stood four feet from the net and crushed an easy lob into the tape at love-40.

On his next try, he sprayed a backhand wide. On his third attempt, he smashed another overhead only to see it returned by Corretja. Kuerten ended that rally with a forehand long.

Seeing the comedy of his predicament, Kuerten just smiled. Two deuces later, Kuerten made good on his fourth match point.

''I saw myself winning all of them,'' he said. ''I was feeling so emotional at that time that I want to finish it off and feel the win. So I rushed.''

Only at the end, though. For most of four sets, he revealed fluid ground strokes and a patient composition of points. For Kuerten's reward, he won his third French Open.

''I can enjoy more these feelings because the first one I didn't expect,'' Kuerten said of the title he won in 1997 as a 20-year-old unknown. ''Then, the second one was so tough. It was kind of tight, nervous. Today, I was really enjoying it a lot. I never really had into my dreams winning here three times. So I see myself as a really blessed guy.''

He wanted to share his moment with everyone. With the Brazilian flag wrapped around his wiry Erector-set body, he started spraying Champagne on the fans after the trophy ceremony.

Under the Champagne shower, the heart etched in dirt was scuffed, and the artwork on his shirt was soaked.

''Winning or losing, I was using this shirt because I feel myself getting much more from here, from all of this, than I ever expect,'' Kuerten said. ''I'm not good at writing, designing, so I spend like two hours.''

It was worth the effort. When he slipped on the shirt, the crowd roared with delight at the player the Brazilians affectionately call Guga.

''The way things come to me here is just something that makes myself feel so comfortable,'' Kuerten said. ''Sometimes, I feel like I was playing, you know, like in my hometown, in my club.''

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Unless GUSTAVO KUERTEN changes his mind, Wimbledon will be without the French Open champion and No. 1 player in the world.
Kuerten, never fond of a seeding system at Wimbledon that favors grass-court players, said he would take two weeks off to rest. Wimbledon begins June 25.


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Gustavo Kuerten został dzisiaj ojcem, gratulacje :)

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Gratulacje! Oby Guga był co najmniej tak dobrym ojcem, jak wspaniałym ambasadorem tenisa był (jest?). ;)

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Kuerten To Be Inducted To The International Tennis Hall Of Fame

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Była to kwestia czasu, ale każda pozytywna informacja z obozu Gugi bardzo mnie cieszy. ;)

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Newport's Newest: An Interview with Gustavo Kuerten

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In 1997 an unknown Brazilian with a surfer style and smooth backhand showed up and won the French Open. Guga’s love affair with the Paris fans had begun. 15 years on, the three-time winner is back and spoke to us about his career and what he’s up to now.

15 years ago a tall skinny guy, ranked just No. 66 in the world showed up at Roland Garros and went home with the winner’s trophy. Who was that guy?
(He smiles) He was the same guy as today, someone who wanted to have fun playing tennis. The difference is I had no perspective, no specific career goals. I had no idea where I wanted to go, I barely even knew what Roland Garros was. It’s strange because I loved tennis, it was all I could think about, but at the same time, I knew little about it. I only discovered Roland Garros when I was 15. When I came here in 1997, it was only the second time I’d ever been here. I had never even won a match here. And then, I showed up without any pressure, no expectations, and won the tournament! That’s why I have this incredible relationship with Roland Garros. It was like love at first sight. Today, as soon as I arrived, I felt the positive energy, happiness and luck I have to enjoy such a connection with the fans.

What would you do if you could go back to 1997?

I’d love to repeat my victories! That would be great! No one day was better than another, even if the win in the final was really special because it gave me something to show for what I’d accomplished. The whole tournament was just so great. Winning in the second round was already pretty incredible. After that, I defeated (Thomas) Muster, a legend on clay! And then (Andrei) Medvedev, and (Yevgeny) Kafelnikov on Centre Court (followed by Filip Dewulf in the semis and Sergi Bruguera during the final) – it was crazy! Every match, every day was amazing. So I couldn’t just pick one moment, I’d do the whole 14 days over.

Nobody thought you could do it before the tournament, right?

Not even me (laughing)!

What about Larri Passos (Kuerten’s coach), did he believe it?

No! The plan was just to beat my Grand Slam record and win two matches. That was the goal.

When you think about that moment, does it give you goose bumps? Are you nostalgic about it?

No, it’s a great memory, but I’m not sad. You just have to accept it won’t happen again. It would be nice, but the past is the past. If I think about anything, it’s about how much that victory meant.

When an athlete retires in France, we say he or she “dies a little.” Did you feel that at all in 2008?

A little. It was the end of a part of my life and I knew I wouldn’t experience this kind of thing again. But I didn’t really have a choice. My injury (hip) kept me from playing. That’s just the way it is. It was time to find other goals and do something else.

Like acting?

I tried it out of curiosity and I also went to university, to be part of a world I’d never known. But I realised quite quickly that I missed tennis. After six months, I got involved in projects related to the development of tennis in Brazil.

Except that you can’t play all that much…

Unfortunately I’m a little restricted - I can’t play more than four or five matches a year. It’s frustrating. I’d like to play more but my body just won’t let me. I have to choose my matches well and play against guys who really made a difference in my career.

So your next match is against Novak Djokovic in Rio in November?

Before that I’ll be playing against Nico Lapentti during “Guga week” in Florianopolis. He’s my friend, the guy I’ve been the closest to throughout my career. He’s like a brother. Then, yes, Djoko will be coming to Brazil. But with him on the other side, you have to be prepared. He’s number one in the world!

Could you have dominated guys like Djoko or Nadal?

That’s tough to say! The level is different now and I’m sure that my game would be better if I were playing against someone like Nadal. Could I have beaten him? I don’t know, but I'd have pushed him all the way.

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