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Three Great Moments: The Joy of Guga

At first glance, International Tennis Hall of Fame Global Ambassador Gustavo Kuerten appeared to be a low-key surfer dude. But deep inside this Brazilian’s lanky frame and affable manner beat the heart of a passionate warrior. “Guga” would win three Grand Slam titles – taking Roland-Garros in 1997, 2000 and 2001. He’d also finish the year 2000 ranked number one in the world. Kuerten was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012. Shortly before being given his Hall of Fame ring at the 2017 French Open, Kuerten shared his three finest tennis moments with ITHF historian-at-large Joel Drucker.

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Guga Kuerten presented Hall of Fame ring at the French Open

It was twenty years ago this year that that Guga Kuerten burst onto the global tennis scene when he powered through the French Open draw, defeating two past champions en route to winning the 1997 French Open title. It was the start of an extraordinary career that eventually earned him a spot in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012. In celebration of this achievement, Guga was presented with his Hall of Fame ring just ahead o the 2017 Men's Final.

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Curator's Corner: In the Museum with Guga Kuerten

Lauded in Brazil for his contributions to the sport of tennis and his philanthropic efforts, Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten’s incredible legacy will also be forever celebrated at the ITHF, where he was inducted as a Hall of Famer in 2012. Today, items representing some of the greatest moments of his storied career are among the 2,000 artifacts on display in the museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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Catching Up With Guga

11/8/2016 Guga Kuerten

Last month, the International Tennis Hall of Fame had a chance to catch up with one of our Global Ambassadors, Gustavo “Guga” Kuerten, in his native Brazil during Semana Guga Kuerten (Guga Kuerten Week) - the largest junior tennis event in the world. With 58,000 fans in attendance, a special exhibit that the ITHF created with Guga exposed crowds of tennis enthusiasts to the highlights of Kuerten's Hall of Fame career. During the week, Kuerten visited the exhibit and shared personal insight into his featured accomplishments.

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Guga Kuerten named Global Ambassador for the International Tennis Hall of Fame

The announcement was made today at Roland Garros, where the Brazilian star and 2012 Hall of Fame inductee is a three-time past champion. Kuerten will represent the organization at upcoming special events, particularly in South America, and will support efforts to build awareness for the Hall of Fame's mission among the worldwide tennis community.

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