Popular Tennis Player Gustavo Kuerten

Gustavo Kuerten

Gustavo Kuerten was a popular tennis player from Brazil. He was ranked number one in the world at the best time of his career. Among his other titles, three French Open and a Tennis Masters Cup make him one of the most popular players in the game history.

It was year 1997 when he won his first French Open title by beating Sergi Bruguera who was a defending champion at that time. This made Gustavo the only Brazilian to have won a Grand Slam since 1966. He finished in World top 10 ranking in 1999, along with two fellow Brazilians. Not only that, Gustavo also qualified for ATP Tennis Masters Cup that year, becoming the only Brazilian in the history to have achieved that honor.

Year 2000 was special for the Brazilian tennis sensation as he beat Marat Safin to win ATP Tennis Masters Cup. He also won his second French Open in the same year. The same year, he reached World number 1 rank and became the first South American to become World No. 1 since 1973, ending the drought for South American players.  The same year, he beat Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, which resulted in his rise to world No.1

Gustavo had developed special love for French Open as he won it the third time in 2001. He also won Cincinnati Masters the same year. This was the most prestigious title in Gustavo’s career. In 2004, Gustavo remained injured for most part of the year and could not train. However, he still ended the year on high note with an ATP title. He retired in 2008 after losing to Paul Henri in his last match.

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