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.

Top ten male tennis players of Clay court-All time

Top ten male tennis players of Clay court-All time, Gustavo Kuerten

Clay court tennis gives an entirely new experience of tennis. Clay court tennis takes the players to an entirely different dimension of game plan. Tennis is played on different types of courts. Each court carries with itself a completely different dimension of the game. The pace, movements, control and strategies differ for each court and the player must mold himself to take up the challenge in different courts. A versatile player will definitely be aware of the difference required for each court. As far as clay courts are concerned, it is a tough ground to attain triumph. Clay courts are usually made of hard and rough substances like that of stone, brick and shale. Even the change in the color of the clay will indicate a different form in the court. The red clay is supposedly slower than the green ones. French open is a famous tennis tournament that makes use of the clay court as its playground. It requires a different set of skills to play tennis on a clay court as the ball is slowed down to a great extent. Below is the exclusive list of the top ten men who has added pride to their nations and the tennis game by bringing out some of the evergreen performances of all time.

  1. Max Decugis
  2. Björn Borg
  3. Henri Cochet
  4. Rafael Nadal
  5. Paul Aymé
  6. André Vacherot
  7. Maurice Germot
  8. Gustavo Kuerten
  9. René Lacoste
  10. Ivan Lendl

One needs to possess a great amount of force and speed in order to make a mark in the clay court tennis field. Of course, the top ten slots in this field are not that easy to achieve but a few marvelous men have easily achieved this length with their extraordinary performances. The title of top ten champions does not come that easily and requires a lot of skillfulness to gain it.

Famous male tennis player: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Famous male tennis player: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is a French professional tennis player who is currently ranked at 17th in the ATP rankings. Tsonga came into the picture when he reached the finals of the 2008 Australian Open where he defeated four top seeded players along the way. His win over the then world number one, another French tennis player Rafael Nadal in straight sets is very famous. Tsonga was finally defeated by the then number three, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic in four sets after winning the first set. This was the only set lost by Djokovic in his 2008 Australian Open. Tsonga won his first Masters title in Paris Masters 2008 and qualified for the Tennis Masters Cup in 2008. He is the only player after Gustavo Kuerten to attend his first ATP finals debut at the Grand Slam event.

Tsonga is more famous for his powerful and precise services and more powerful foreheads. His backhand shots down the line have become one of the bestback hand shots in tennis. Tsonga generally plays the game of offensive baseline player and is also good at the nets. He is one of the very few players in tennis who uses the serve and volley kind of play. The only player who has played this in recent times is American tennis player, Andy Roddick. All these techniques make him a faster surface player such as grass and hard courts. But, all and all, he is an all surface player as he is improving his techniques on the clay courts.