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Published June 8, 2015

zzWeek of 1 - 7, 2015  

Tournament

Info

Classification

Semifinals

Final

Champion
French Open

vMay 19-June 7
IParis, France

IDefending Isingles Ichampion:
Maria
Sharapova

Grand Slam
IPrize Money: I€ 13,008,000
ISurface: Clay

(1) Serena Williams (USA) d
(23) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
4-6,6-3, 6-0

(13) Lucie Šafárová (CZE) d
(7) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 7-5,
7-5

(1) Serena Williams (USA) d (13) Lucie Šafárová (CZE)
6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2
(1) Serena Williams
(USA)

 
ITourn. Director I Gilbert Ysern

 Draw:
S-128 D-64

 

(7) Mattek-Sands (USA) /Šafárová (CZE) d (9) Hlavackova (CZE) / Hradecka (CZE) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4

(12) Dellacqua (AUS) / Shvedova (KAZ) d (2) Makarova (RUS)/Vesnina (RUS) 6-3, 6-2

(7) Mattek-Sands (USA) /Šafárová (CZE) d (12) Dellacqua (AUS) / Shvedova (KAZ) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 I(7) Mattek-Sands (USA)/Šafárová (CZE)

WTA Tour
   


Tournament

Info

Classification

Semifinals

Final

Champion
French Open

IMay 19-June 7
IParis, France

IDefending Isingles Ichampion:
IRafa Nadal

IGrand Slam
IPrize Money: I€ 13,008,000
ISurface: Clay

I(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) d
(3) Andy Murray (GBR)
6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1

(8) Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d
(14) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
6-3, 6-7(1), 7-6(3), 6-4

[(8) Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d (1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 I(8) Stan Wawrinka
(SUI)

 
ITourn. Director I Gilbert Ysern  Draw:
S-128 D-64

(1) Bryan/Bryan (USA) d (6) Bollelli/Fognini (ITA) 6-3, 6-3

(3) Dodig (CRO) / Melo (BRA) d (5) Rojer (NED) / Tecau (ROU) 6-3, 7-5

I(3) Dodig (CRO) / Melo (BRA) d (1) Bryan/Bryan (USA) 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-5 II(3) Dodig (CRO) /
Melo (BRA)

ATP Tour
   

Photos here

Women's Tour

French Open 2nd Week

SINGLES DRAW- Champion Serena Williams closing in on Steffi Graf


Photo: AP

Photo: AP

Serena Williams is the 2015 French Open Champion. Despite being hit by a nasty flu for much of the last week, the American beat Lucie Šafárová 6-3 6-7 (2) 6-2 to win the French Open on Saturday and claim a landmark 20th major. She's now closing in even more on Steffi Graf's record of 22 major singles Grand Slam titels. "It seems a little bit like a dream," Williams told reporters. "Like, is this really my life? Is this really happening right now? So yeah, it's really kind of weird."

Runner Up Lucie Šafárová, seeded 13, is the highest ranked player Serena had to play at Roland Garros. The Czech's side of the draw was tougher with wins over no. 7 Ana Ivanovic and no. 2 Maria Sharapova.

Timea Bacsinszky's unbelieveable run at the 2015 French Open justifies an honorary mention. The no. 23 seed beat out Madison Keys (16), Petra Kvitova (4) and up-and-coming Belgian sensation Alison Van Uytvanck before losing to Serena Williams in the Semis.

  • CHAMPION No. 1 seed Serena Williams (USA) Q: (17) Sara Errani (ITA) 6-1, 6-3. S: (23) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. F: (13) Lucie Šafárová (CZE) 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2 CHAMPION
  • No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova out in R4.
  • No. 3 seed Simona Halep out in R2
  • No. 4 seed Petra Kvitova (CZE) R4: (23) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 6-2, 0-6, 3-6. Petra Kvitova out in R4
  • No. 5 seed Caroline Wozniacki out in R2
  • No. 6 seed Eugenie Bouchard out in R2
  • No. 7 seed Ana Ivanovic (SRB) Q: Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-3, 6-2. S: (13) Lucie Šafárová (CZE) 5-7, 5-7. Ana Ivanovic out in the Semis.
  • No. 8 seed Carla Suarez Navarro out in R3
  • No. 9 seed Ekaterina Makarova out in R4
  • No. 10 seed Andrea Petkovic out in R3
  • No. 11 seed Angelique Kerber out in R3
  • No. 12 seed Karolína Plíšková out in R2
  • FINALIST No. 13 seed Lucie Šafárová (CZE) Q: (21) Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 7-6(3), 6-3. S: (7) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 7-5, 7-5. F: (1) Serena Williams (USA) 3-6, 7-6(2),
    2-6.
  • No. 14 seed Agnieszka Radwanska out in R1.
  • No. 15 seed Venus Williams out in R1
  • No. 16 seed Madison Keys out in R3
  • Best Qualifier: Domínguez Lino (ESP) R2, Pereira (BRA) R2, Kania (POL) R2
  • Best WC: Razzano (FRA) R2, Hesse (FRA) R2
  • Best Unseeded: Van Uytvanck (BEL) R4

DOUBLES DRAW - Mattek-Sands / Šafárová unstoppable

With convinicing wins over the no. 1 seeds Hingis/Mirza and the no. 9 seeds Hlavackova/Hradecka, the no. 7 seeds Mattek-Sands/Šafárová had the disadvantage of the Czech player coming off a tough 3-set singles match against Champion Serena Williams. However, luck was a little on their side when the no. 2 seeds Makarova/Vesnina lost in the semis to Dellacqua/Shvedova. Mattek-Sands/Šafárová needed 3 sets and were down a set against the no. 12 seeds but finally closed out the Championship with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win.

American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who lost her first round match in the singles draw to Romanian no. 30 seed Irina-Camelia Begu, goes home with two titles in her luggage. She won the mixed doubles title with partner Mike Bryan and the women's doubles with partner Lucie Šafárová.



Men's Tour

French Open 2nd Week

SINGLES DRAW- Stanimal Wawrinka beats no. 1 Djokovic


Photo: AFP

Photo: Reuters


The no. 1 seed Novak Djokovic had relatively easy matches up and to the Semis. The Serb had to take out no. 20 Gasquet, no. 6 Nadal, and no. 3 Murray, the latter in a tough 2-day 5-setter. But the no. 8 seed Stan Wawrinka proved he is the man to beat on the red clay of Roland Garros. The Swiss who played most of his career in the shadows of the great one, Roger Federer, beat his famous countryman in the Quarters and Tsonga in the Semis, determined to let this wave ride him to the Championship. And it did! Wawrinka, 30, brought an end to Djokovic's 28-match winning streak as he claimed his second Grand Slam title, also crushing the Serb's hopes for a Career Grand Slam this year.

  • FINALIST No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic (SRB) R4: (20) Richard Gasquet 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. Q: (7) Rafa Nadal (ESP) 7-5, 6-3, 6-1. S: (3) Andy Murray (GBR) 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1. F: (8) Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 4-6
  • No. 2 seed Roger Federer (SUI) Q: (8) Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 4-6, 3-6, 6-7(4) Roger Federer out in the Quarters
  • No. 3 seed Andy Murray (GBR) Q: (7) David Ferrer (ESP) 7-6(4), 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. S: (1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 1-6. Andy Murray out in the Semis
  • No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych out in R4
  • No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori (JPN) Q: (14) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 1-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6. Kei Nishikori out in the Quarters
  • No. 6 seed Rafael Nadal (ESP) R4: Jack Sock (USA) 6-3, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. Q: (1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 5-7, 3-6, 1-6. Rafa Nadal out in the Quarters
  • No. 7 seed David Ferrer (ESP) Q: Andy Murray (GBR) 6-7(4), 2-6, 7-5, 1-6. David Ferrer out in the Quarters
  • CHAMPION No. 8 seed Stan Wawrinka (SUI) Q: (2) Roger Federer (SUI) 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(4). S: (14) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 6-3, 6-7(1), 7-6(3), 6-4. F: (1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 CHAMPION
  • No. 9 seed Marin Cilic out in R4
  • No. 10 seed Grigor Dimitrov out in R1
  • No. 11 seed Feliciano Lopez out in R1
  • No. 12 seed Gilles Simon out in R4
  • No. 13 seed Gaël Monfils out in R4
  • No. 14 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) Q: (5) Kei Nishikori (JPN) 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3. S: (8) Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-7(3), 4-6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga out in the Semis
  • No. 15 seed Kevin Anderson out in R3
  • No. 16 seed John Isner out in R2
  • Best Qualifier: Kyle Edmund (GBR) R2
  • Best WC: Mahut (FRA) R3
  • Best Unseeded Sock (USA), Gabashvili (RUS), Chardy (FRA) all R4

DOUBLES DRAW - Dodig / Melo celebrated revenge over Bryan Bros

After the no. 4 seeds Granollers/Lopez had been upset in the first round, anfd the no. 2 seeds Pospisil/Sock lost in the quarters, the road was free for the remaining top seeds to battle it out in the Semis. The no. 3 seeds Ivan Dodig (CRO) and Marcelo Melo (BRA) had a very strong run with mostly 2-set wins and an urge to revenge the 2013 Wimbledon finals loss to the Bryan Brothers (USA). The top-seeded Americans got off to a solid start and claimed the first set on a tiebreak only for their third-seeded opponents to level in the same fashion. Dodig and Melo then broke decisively in the 11th game of the third set and closed the match out to claim the trophy.

Photos here

WTA Women's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: Bouchard falls out of the Top 10 (now 11) and so does Petkovic (now 14).
Lucie
Šafárová makes a big jump from 13 to 7 after her excellent results at RG15.
Kvitova changes places with Sharapova.z
DOUBLES: Errani falls out of the Top 10 from 3 to 12, Vinci falls from 3 to 9.
Makarova/Vesnina move up to 3 from 7 and Safaroiva/Mattek-Sands move into the Top 10 from 18 and 19.
Last week's 10, Hsieh, moved down to 22.

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Williams, Serena

11291
 

1
Mirza, Sania

7940

2
Kvitova, Petra

6870
 

2
Hingis, Martina

7170

3
Halep, Simona

6130
 

3
Makarova, Ekaterina

6090

4
Sharapova, Maria

5950
 

3
Vesnina, Elena

6090

5
Wozniacki, Caroline

5000
 

5
Šafárová, Lucie

5740

6
Ivanovic, Ana

4305
 

6
Mattek-Sands, Beth.

5515

7
Šafárová, Lucie

4055
 

7
Mladenovic, Kristina

5340

8
Makarova, Ekaterina

3620
 

7
Black, Cara

5340

9
Suárez-Navarro,Carla

3345
 

9
Vinci, Roberta

5252

10
Kerber, Angelique

3120
 

10
Babos, Timea

5025

ATP Men's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: Wawrinka jumped from 9 to 4 after his French Open win.Nadal moved from 7 down to 10.
DOUBLES: Dodig moved up from 8 to 4 after his French Open title win with Melo.
Tecau moved up and Rojer, Fognini, Bolelli moved into the Top 10.

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Djokovic, Novak

13845
 

1
Bryan, Bob

11150

2
Federer, Roger

9415
 

1
Bryan, Mike

11150

3
Murray, Andy

7040
 

3
Melo, Marcelo

7710

4
Wawrinka, Stan

5835
 

4
Dodig, Ivan

7125

5
Nishikori, Kei

5570
 

5
Popisil, Vasek

6145

6
Berdych, Tomas

5050
 

6
Sock, Jack

5680

7
Ferrer, David

4490
 

7
Tecau, Horia

5380

8
Raonic, Milos

4440
 

8
Rojer, Jean-Julien

5380

9
Cilic, Marin

3460
 

9
Fognini, Fabio

4735

10
Nadal, Rafael

2930
 

10
Bolelli, Simone

4375

 

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  • Twitter @USTA - Congrats to an incredible champion @serenawilliams on winning her 20th Grand Slam @rolandgarros! #RG15
  • Twitter @WTA - @serenawilliams 20 Grand Slams-> wtatenn.is/BM9EJH 6x @AustralianOpen 3x @rolandgarros 5x @Wimbledon 6x @usopen
  • Twitter @judmoo - Here's Stan in 2005 when he won the boys singles at Roland Garros....Ten years later......Stan's The Man. #FrenchOpen [pic on Pinterest)
  • Twitter @andyroddick - Well deserved .... Went out and beat him. Wow
  • Twitter @NickKyrgios - Amazing level of tennis from both guys today. Congrats to @stanwawrinka for an awesome two weeks.
  • Twitter @melanie_oudin - Stan the Man!!!!! Wow! Unbelievable final! Best backhand I've ever seen in such an important match.
  • Twitter @normansweden - Better picture then this i will not be able to take guys. Thank you @stanwawrinka. You are a champion in many ways! pic.twitter.com/9NwWqPtSwS
  • Twitter @laurarobson5 - Omg of course a backhand line to finish TOO GOOD ?????? @stanwawrinka #RG15
  • Twitter @MardyFish - Stan. The. Man. Congrats bud. @stanwawrinka
  • Twitter @serenawilliams - #selfie locker room selfie with my French open trophies! https://instagram.com/p/3nbVRHMTIY/
  • Twitter @serenawilliams - There is something to say about believing in your dreams. And having the support and... http://facebook.com/SerenaWilliams/posts/10153452379416834
  • Twitter @WTA - Your 2015 @RolandGarros champion @SerenaWilliams & finalist @LucieSafarova--> http://wtatenn.is/BM9EJH #RG15 #tennis
  • Twitter @BillieJeanKing - Congrats @serenawilliams on singles major #20! #PressureIsAPrivilege and you showcased that throughout #RG15. Keep pushing towards history.
  • Twitter @BillieJeanKing - So proud of @marcelomelo83 & @DodigTennis winning their first major @rolandgarros. Teamwork + perseverance pays off! #RG15 #ServingFreedom
  • Twitter @BillieJeanKing - And a big shoutout to @luciesafarova on a fantastic #RG15. Congrats on breaking into @WTA singles Top 10 & good luck in the doubles final
  • Twitter @tennis_photos - "I promise I will work harder to get even better. Merci Paris!" @luciesafarova
  • Twitter @bartoli_marion - She did it !! Amazing @serenawilliams @rolandgarros #RG2015 #champion and well done to @luciesafarova 4 a great final
  • Twitter @alicecornet - I'm completely melting when @serenawilliams is speaking french haha! Big congrats to her and @luciesafarova ! #twochampions #serenaisalegend
  • Twitter @darren_cahill - A little @luciesafarova fact. As a 10 year old, Lucie was a hitting partner for Steffi Graf in Austria. Stef loved her then & is still a fan
  • Twitter @PHShriver - @rolandgarros @GarbiMuguruza @luciesafarova that point in TB was out of this world fantastic! Great slugfest. Red clay coming out of my TV
  • Twitter @scambers73 - Have to say that @luciesafarova's fortunes have picked up since she hit with me at Indian Wells a couple of years ago (after an initial dip)
  • Twitter @scambers73 - Why hiring @pmouratoglou was @serenawilliams' masterstroke http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/jun/07/serena-williams-french-open-champions-2015-patrick-mouratoglou
  • Twitter @scambers73 - Guillermo Canas, a not uncontroversial figure in the sport, is at Roland Garros as coach of Teymuraz Gabashvili
  • Twitter @AceForJulia - Road To Roland Garros with @luciesafarova ! So cute <3 :D #RG15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg8il6Bpe9o
  • Twitter @AnaIvanovic - Goodbye @rolandgarros. As always, it's been a pleasure. I leave satisfied but hungry and motovated for more!! Au revoir #Paris
  • Twitter @DjokerNole - Thank u all for believing in me and cheering for me. Congrats @stanwawrinka on an amazing performance! Well deserved.
  • Twitter @BenRothenberg - Rare to be fined in Slam finals, but #RG15 has two: Serena yesterday, $3,000 for audible obscenity; Djokovic today, $3,000 for racket abuse
  • Twitter @BenRothenberg - Hmm…anybody? RT @JJStealth: @BenRothenberg any idea when the last time the men's and women's singles champs at a GS had the same initials??
  • Twitter @SteveTignor - Was going to say it's so warm in Paris that even chair umpire Carlos Ramos had a hair out of place. But he fixed it. #RG15
  • Twitter @SI_Tennis - 50 Parting Thoughts from the French Open via @jon_wertheim: http://on.si.com/RG50thoughts
  • Twitter @TennisReporters - Very unusual 4 Djokovic to weep after the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Very tough loss, but the No. 1 will have another shot next yr
  • Twitter @TheFanChild - Congrats to Stanimal. Refer to the 2015 Roland Garros final if you ever have any questions about how to seize a moment and make magic.
  • Twitter @TheFanChild - Words that are synonymous with Wawrinka: Bash, devastate, maraud
  • Twitter @SkySportsTennis - We analyse what makes Swedish coaches special after Wawrinka's success with Magnus Norman: http://skysports.tv/EAjvKf
  • Twitter @Dimonator - Djokovic is hands down the most sportsmanlike loser in the game. Handles defeat like a complete champ.
  • Twitter @USTA - @TommyPaul1 is your @rolandgarros boys' champion! Congrats Tommy & @taylor_fritz97 for a great finals run! #RG15
  • Twitter @USTA - @BMATTEK and @Bryanbrothers are the 2015 @rolandgarros mixed doubles champions. Great job Bethanie and Mike! #RG15
  • Twitter @pmouratoglou - Simply the best. Can't be more proud of @serenawilliams http://fb.me/1YaK4MMKA
  • Best Twitter photo of the week: @BenRothenberg - My favorite of Serena's poses today is this school photo one. Her parents should order several in wallet size. #RG15

  • 2009 champion and Wawrinka's countryman Roger Federer watched the match on his mobile
    while at a Basle football match (left) before tweeting his congratulations (right)

 

AEGON Open Nottingham
June 8-14, 2015
Nottingham, Great Britain

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - International
Prize Money: $226,750
Surface: Grass
Tournament Director: Rebecca James
Draw: S-32 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS
1 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
2 Zarina Diyas (KAZ)
3 Varvara Lepchenko (USA)
4 Karin Knapp, (ITA)
5 Alison Riske (USA)
6 Casey Dellacqua (AUS)
7 Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)
8 Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO)

Plus: McHale, Hantuchova, Wickmayer, Schiavone

DOUBLES SEEDS
1 Kops-Jones (USA) / Spears (USA)
2 Chan Y (TPE) / Zheng (CHN)
3 Chan H (TPE) / Kudryavtseva (RUS)
4 Black (ZIM) / Raymind (USA)

Plus: Date-Krumm / Hantuchova, Hradecka / Schiavone

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Jarmila Gajdošová (AUS)

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Jarmila Gajdošová (AUS) / Arina Rodionova (AUS)

 

TOPSHELF Open
June 8-14, 2015
s'-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - International
P:rize Money ATP / WTA: €820.000
Surface: Grass
Tournament Director: Marcel Hunze
Draw: S-32 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS
1 Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
2 Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
3 Coco Vandeweghe (USA)
4 Belinda Bencic (SUI)
5 Camila Giorgi (ITA)
6 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
7 Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
8 Johanna Larsson (SWE)

Plus: U. Radwanska, Mitu, Shvedova

DOUBLES SEEDS
1 Babos (HUN) / Mladenovic (FRA)
2 Rodionova / Rodionova (AUS)
3 Jankovic (SRB) / Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
4 Bertens (NED) / Larsson (SWE)

Plus: Bouchard/Tsurenko, Falconi/Sanchez, Krajicek/Vandeweghe

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Coco Vandeweghe (USA)

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Marina Erakovic (AUS) / Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP)

 

TOPSHELF Open
June 8-14, 2015
s'-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 250
P:rize Money ATP / WTA: €820.000
Surface: Grass
Tournament Director: Marcel Hunze
Draw: S-28 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS
1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga withdrew (abdominal injury)
2 David Goffin (BEL)
3 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
4 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
5 Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
6 Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
7 Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
8 Joao Sousa (POR)
9 Vasek Pospisil (CAN)

Plus: Muller, Istomin, Haase, Lleyton Hewitt (WC), Melzer

DOUBLES SEEDS
1 Rojer (NED) / Tecau (ROU)
2 Nestor (CAN) / Paes (IND)
3 J. Murray (GBR) / Peers (AUS)
4 Draganja (CRO) / Kontinen (FIN)

Plus: Haase/Paire, Hewitt/Reid, Karlovic/Kubot, Bautista Agut/Gimeno-Traver

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Horia Tecau (ROU)

 

MercedesCup
MAY 17 - MAY 23
Stuttgart, Germany

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 250
Prize Money: € 574,965
Surface: Clay
Draw: S-28 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS
1 Rafael Nadal (ESP
2 Marin Cilic (CRO)
3 Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
4 Gael Monfils (FRA)
5 Bernard Tomic (AUS)
6 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
7 Dominic Thiem (AUT)
8 Viktor Troicki (SRB)

Plus: Haas, Baghdatis, Stepanek, Seppi

 

DOUBLES SEEDS
1 Bryan / Bryan (USA)
2 Matkowski (POL) / Zimonjic (SRB)
3 Peya (AUT) / Soares (BRA)
4 Bopanna (IND) / Mergea (ROU)

Plus: Lopez/Nadal, Haas/Stepanek, Seppi/Troicki, Monfils/Simon, Cilic/Moser

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Mateusz Kowalczyk (POL) / Artem Sitak (NZL)


 

Gustavo Kuerten?


HISTORY (from the International Tennis Hall of Fame)

CITIZENSHIP: Brazilian
BORN: Sep 10, 1976 (38)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Florianopolis, Brazil
PLAYED: Right-handed

“Guga” has a legion of adoring fans in his native Brazil. Part lies in his beaming smile, engaging personality and the high-energy style of tennis he brought to courts all around the world. Another part lies in the fact that Kuerten won the French Open three times (1997, 2000, 2001) and in doing so joined rarified space: only Bjorn Borg (1974-75, 1978-81), and Rafael Nadal (2005-08, 2010-12) have more titles at Roland Garros. Few have won three, and that list includes René Lacoste (1925, 1927, 1929), and Ivan Lendl (1984, 1986-87). He also won his first major title in his third attempt, tied with Mats Wilander as the fastest of any player in the Open Era.

Following his victory in 2001, Brazil issued a postage stamp featuring Kuerten with the Eiffel Tower in the background. He was flamboyant and colorful – always wearing colorful tennis togs on the court – and beloved for his ear-to-ear smile and how he comported himself on and off the court.

The road to his first championship as a 21-year-old in 1997 was storybook. When he entered Stade Roland Garros for his first match against Czech Sláva Dosedel, he was ranked No. 66 in the world and had earned just eight ATP World Tour wins. He proceeded to knock off three former champions – Thomas Muster in the third round (6-7, 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4), No. 3 seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the quarterfinals ( 6-2, 5-7, 2-6, 6-0, 6-4) and Spain’s Sergi Bruguera in the finals (6-3, 6-4, 6-2). No one saw it coming; no one could have predicted a Kuerten victory.

The 2000 season was far different story. The clay court specialist who hit with heavy topspin and possessed a potent weapon in his arching, whipping backhand wasn’t sneaking up on the French Open field. He was an established star on the tour, and arrived in Paris as the No. 5 seed. He knocked off No. 4 Kafelnikov in quarterfinals in a carbon-copy comeback victory in a raucous five-setter, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 and methodically dismantled Sweden’s Magnus Norman, the No. 2 seed in the final, 6-2, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6. It certainly didn’t hurt Kuerten’s cause that No. 1 seed Andre Agassi lost in the second round and No. 2 seed Pete Sampras was upset in the first round in a memorable match by Australian Mark Philippoussis. Kuerten won five titles in 2000, and rose to a world No. 1 ranking, punctuated by winning the Masters at Lisbon by defeating Sampras and Agassi in the semis and finals respectively – the only player in history to do so. His ascent to the No. 1 world ranking broke an eight-year reign of No. 1 finishes by Americans and was the first time that a South American had ever been ranked No. 1, a slot he held for 43 weeks.

There was no denying Kuerten earning his third championship in 2001. This time he was seeded No. 1 in Paris and was simply overwhelming in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 over Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero, and coming back from dropping the opening set to pound another Spaniard Alex Corretja in the finals, 6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-0.

As the 2002 season unfolded, injuries began to plague Kuerten, and in September 2004 he withdrew from the ATP Tour to undergo hip surgery. The next several years were uneventful, and the player who had won the Italian in 1999, three straight Monte Carlo titles (1999-2001) and the German Open in 2000 saw persistent health problems shortened his career. Fittingly, he played his last match at the 2008 French Open on the courts where his career had blossomed.


STATS

Top Ranking: Singles: World No. 1 (2000), Doubles: World No. 38 (1997)

Grand Slam Results: 3-time major champion (French Open)

Career Titles: 28

Career Record: Singles 358-195, Doubles 108-95

ATP World Tour Championships: One-time champion (2000)

Olympics: Played for Brazil at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games

Davis Cup: Member of the Brazilian Davis Cup Team 1996-2003, 2005-2007
Overall Record: 34-18
Singles Record: 21-11
Doubles Record: 13-7

TODAY

Kuerten—inspired by his late brother Guilherme, who suffered from brain damage during birth and contracted cerebral palsy, founded the Institute Guga Kuerten in 2000, which is dedicated to helping the disabled by providing developmental opportunities, sports, and education, as well as promoting social inclusion throughout Brazil. In 1999 he was awarded the Prêmio Brasil Olímpico, the highest award/recognition given to a Brazilian athlete by their country. He was named Brazil’s Athlete of the Year in 1999 and 2000 and awarded the ATP World Tour’s Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award in 2003. Two years prior to his enshrinement into the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, he was honored with the Philippe Chatrier Award by the International Tennis Federation.

Since retirement he has settled down in his place of birth, the Brazilian island of Florianópolis, where he enjoys being an active member of life in the lakeside town of Lagoa da Conceição. He still enjoys teaching and playing tennis with the local enthusiasts. After a match, he is known to enjoy some sake down at the local Mexican restaurant Cafe do Sol. In his hometown, he is known as the "Cachorro Grande" ("Big Dog"). He is an avid surfer and can sometimes be seen surfing at Praia Brava where he has an apartment.

Kuerten has been accepted to a drama course on CEART, Center of Arts at Santa Catarina State University (UDESC) in Florianópolis. He began his studies there on February 16, 2009.

Kuerten was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012

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