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Gustavo KUERTEN
Brésil

Gustavo KUERTEN

aka Guga

His heart will always be etched on the Philippe-Chatrier court.

There's no denying that Guga and Roland-Garros share an enduring love story. It began in 1997. Guga, age 20, arrived at the French Open as a virtual unknown with one Challenger Tour title under his belt, but with his inimitable smile. The Brazilian unleashed a game that was made for clay: an excellent serve, a majestic single-handed backhand and a sharp sense for the court's absorption. The best players fell to him during his first appearance, including Sergi Bruguera in the final. Kuerten became Guga and won over the crowds in Paris, who would remain loyal to him. Repeat performance in 2000. In the Round of 16 in 2001, when Kuerten was struggling against the qualifier Michael Russell, the crowd supported him more than ever. When he ultimately made it through, he drew a heart in the clay with his racquet and lay down in it, sending a love letter to his Paris fans. A few days later, he won his third French Open. Yes, Kuerten earned 17 other titles on the circuit, but what lives on is his still-burning romance with the French. Forever!

Current projects

Guga Kuerten Institute to promote inclusion for disabled and disadvantaged children through sport
 

 

 

palmares

Titles

20

Finals

9

Higher ranking

1

ATP Singles, 04/12/2000

grand slam

victories

  • Roland-Garros (3): 1997, 2000, 2001

others

victories

  • Masters (1): 2000