Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 10/25/14
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Guga Kuerten Photo by Mike-Baz Courtesy of the International Tennis Hall of Fame Three-time French Open champion anf former No. 1 Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten has been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. As the 66th ranked player in 1997 he surprised everyone by winning the French Open. He was the second lowest ranked man to win a major championship. “Guga” reached No. 1 in the ATP World Tour rankings in 2000 and won  singles titles at Roland Garros in 1997, 2000 and 2001. He was the first South American to hold World No. 1 spot. He won the 1997 French Open at 66th in the rankings, and became the second-lowest-ranked man to win a major championship. Kuerten’s best year was 2001 when he won six tournaments including his third French Open.   “King of the clay courts, Guga was one of the most popular players of his era, and he achieved tremendous success during a time when some of the greatest players in history were active, including Hall of Famers Andre Agassi, Pete Sampr...
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