Monday, May 26, 2008

Goodbye Guga

One of the heroes of my adolescent tennis enamorment is Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten. Since Roland Garros is my favorite Grand Slam tournament, learning to love his tennis wasn't easy. After all, he shares with Rafa Nadal the distinction of winning 3 French Open titles.
After winning his final Roland Garros back in 2001, he has since went on a decline, with the arrival of the Hewitts and Roddicks then continued on with the advent of Ferreros, Federers, Nadals, and now, Djokovics.
Now, he has called it quits. The former world number one would always be one of the all-time greats in the surface. After all, he's South America's most succesful tennis player, being more successful than Guillermo Vilas of Argentina and second only to compatriot Maria Bueno.
Brazilian soccer fans have their Peles and Ronaldos and Ronaldinhos, volleyball fans have their Barros', but for tennis, Guga would be forever etched up there.

Obrigado Guga para seu tênis. Você deixará o mundo inteiro do tênis triste.

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