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August 26, 2001 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The year is 2001, not 1994. The sport is tennis, not soccer. Yet there they are again, those yellow Brazilian jerseys in the stands, dotting stadiums around the world, doting upon the newest sporting superstar with only one name required, Guga. Nearly 25 years ago, he was born Gustavo Kuerten in Florianopolis, Brazil, where he grew up polishing a one-handed backhand every bit as devastating as soccer star Rivaldo's left foot. He is No. 1 in Brazil, No.
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August 31, 2002 | DIANE PUCIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To prepare himself for his match against Marat Safin, the big-hitting Russian who is seeded second at the U.S. Open, Gustavo Kuerten showed up for the Spark-Liberty WNBA game Thursday night. Kuerten had a front-row seat at Madison Square Garden. He had a big box of popcorn and wide-eyed appreciation for the physical play. "They always try to intimidate each other," Kuerten said. His way has never been intimidating on the tennis court.
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June 10, 2001 | Lisa Dillman
The nice guy nearly has it all. Alex Corretja helped bring the Davis Cup to Spain, for the first time, last year. He is widely respected and is getting married to his longtime girlfriend, Marta, later in 2001. One thing is missing. A Grand Slam title. Corretja has won the season-ending ATP Championship, in 1998, months after his best Slam performance, the French Open final. He lost to countryman Carlos Moya in the final. "The first time it was difficult for me to concentrate," Corretja said.
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June 3, 2002 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One man waved to the crowd, relinquishing his stage with a smile, ending his two-year reign at the French Open by blowing a kiss. The French responded by showing Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten a little love on the way out the door. About half an hour earlier, the world's top player exited with baggage, a loss and a chorus of Parisian boos.
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June 11, 2000 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gustavo Kuerten should have been on a plane home to Brazil at least twice in the last week. This year, he seems to have tapped into the Andre Agassi vintage of 1999 luck in Paris. Agassi had three narrow escapes on his way to the French Open title. Already, the fifth-seeded Kuerten has had two close brushes with defeat before today's final against Magnus Norman of Sweden.
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May 30, 2002 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's smart to keep the dramatic gestures in appropriate order. After all, three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil didn't face a match point Wednesday in his close escape against Italian Davide Sanguinetti in the second round. There was no need to draw a heart in the clay as he did last year after surviving match point against qualifier Michael Russell in the fourth round.
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March 15, 2001 | BILL DWYRE, TIMES SPORTS EDITOR
Since it was ladies day in the desert, men's stars Pete Sampras, Gustavo Kuerten and Patrick Rafter had to settle for nice wins and little fanfare in the Tennis Masters Series. While the Women's Tennis Assn.'s sister act, Venus and Serena Williams, had the place abuzz with quarterfinal victories putting them in a rare semifinal matchup Thursday, Sampras and Kuerten had to squirm out of difficult circumstances and Rafter had merely to blast a few big serves.
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June 12, 2000 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The forehand landed wide. There was no question in Gustavo Kuerten's mind. He walked to the net to shake hands with his opponent, Magnus Norman. If this wasn't high drama, so what? He had his second French Open title. Allez, Guga. The Brazilians drums were ready to start pounding for their hero. But there was umpire Francois Pareau bounding out of his chair to look at the mark on the red clay. And Norman wasn't ready to concede anything.
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June 1, 1999 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Who had the coolest entourage at Roland Garros on Monday? One hint. The proud, excitable parents were oh-so-close to breaking out in a samba when their son reached the quarterfinals for the first time in a Grand Slam event, creating a bit of history. Fernando Meligeni, 28, joined countryman Gustavo Kuerten in the French Open quarterfinals, the first time two Brazilians have reached the final eight at Roland Garros.
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April 26, 1999 | From Staff and Wire Reports
With one pulled muscle, Marcelo Rios' status for the French Open was placed in doubt and No. 13-seeded Gustavo Kuerten gained his first title in six months, winning the Monte Carlo Open Sunday at Monaco. Kuerten, the 1997 French champion who had not won an event since last October, collected the $361,000 check when former world No. 1 Rios quit in the second set because of the injury in his right thigh.
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May 30, 2002 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's smart to keep the dramatic gestures in appropriate order. After all, three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil didn't face a match point Wednesday in his close escape against Italian Davide Sanguinetti in the second round. There was no need to draw a heart in the clay as he did last year after surviving match point against qualifier Michael Russell in the fourth round.
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March 24, 2002 | PETER MUELLO, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When Pele was a boy and too poor to buy a soccer ball, he'd make one out of old socks tied together and hone his moves in pickup games. The street was a crucible for the raw talent that helped make Brazil "the land of soccer." A new kind of Pele is emerging from the streets and shantytowns, and this one swings a racket. The rise of Gustavo Kuerten--"Guga" to Brazilians--to the top of the tennis world has generated a wave of "Gugamania" in this country of 170 million.
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January 14, 2002 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Where have all the sambas gone? Maybe the Brazilians knew something and stayed home en masse, leaving Gustavo Kuerten on his own. Rarely has Kuerten played under quieter circumstances than Monday at the Australian Open. The roof of Rod Laver Arena was closed for his match because of inclement weather and sounded like a tomb, and there appeared to be just one Brazilian flag in the upper deck. Frankly, there would not have been much for them to cheer after the first two sets.
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November 14, 2001 | From Wire Reports
Gustavo Kuerten is ending the year in a slump, and his No. 1 ranking could slip away at the Masters Cup in Sydney, Australia. Kuerten couldn't handle Goran Ivanisevic's tricky serve Tuesday and lost to the Wimbledon champion, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4. Kuerten won six of his 16 career titles in 2001, but he has only one victory in his last eight matches, dating to the U.S. Open in September. Earlier Tuesday at the $3.
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September 3, 2001 | Diane Pucin
Since there haven't been many upsets, and since this is New York, the first week of the U.S. Open has been all about sex and race. Read all about it. The top women players all hate each other. It's cat fights galore in the locker room according to a Time magazine cover story and a column on the New York Times op-ed page. Martina doesn't like Venus and Serena. Jennifer can't stand Monica's grunting. Lindsay thinks Venus and Serena's dad is a joke. And little Ashley's shorts and stomach-baring top are too tight.
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August 30, 2001 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gustavo Kuerten peered at the guy in the interview room holding up the latest issue of Time magazine featuring sisters Venus and Serena Williams on the cover and looked bemused. "I have no contact lens, man," he said. "I can't see." For him, the sisters may as well have been the last line on an eye chart. The Brazilian was asked if he felt as though he was a "lightning rod for hostility" against the men's game. Feeling the hostility?
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April 3, 2000 | From Associated Press
Pete Sampras threw his arms up in triumph. Gustavo Kuerten threw his racket in anger. The boisterous crowd gave out one final roar. In a wild finish to a 3-hour 18-minute marathon, Sampras squandered six match points Sunday before holding off Kuerten to win the Ericsson Open, 6-1, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8). "I was choking there at the end, feeling my nerves," acknowledged Sampras, who won his first title of the year.
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June 20, 1999 | DARREN TULETT, BLOOMBERG NEWS
Gustavo Kuerten is the world's seventh-ranked tennis player, but British oddsmakers give him about as much a chance of winning Wimbledon as the Thames River has of freezing over in June. The 22-year-old former French Open champion has never won a match on grass and comes from a long line of Brazilian baseliners. This year, he didn't even bother to participate in the traditional warm-up tournaments on the grass courts of England where serve-and-volley players dominate.
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August 26, 2001 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The year is 2001, not 1994. The sport is tennis, not soccer. Yet there they are again, those yellow Brazilian jerseys in the stands, dotting stadiums around the world, doting upon the newest sporting superstar with only one name required, Guga. Nearly 25 years ago, he was born Gustavo Kuerten in Florianopolis, Brazil, where he grew up polishing a one-handed backhand every bit as devastating as soccer star Rivaldo's left foot. He is No. 1 in Brazil, No.
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