Brazil`s Kuerten enters tennis Hall of Fame
Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian tennis legend Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten has been officially inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The player received the prestigious honour in Sao Paulo Thursday from the current directors of the Hall of Fame, Christopher Clouser and Mark Stenning.
During his illustrious career, Kuerten won 20 international tournaments in the singles category and eight titles in doubles.
His most recognizable wins were in the French Open, where he bagged the crown three times in 1997, 2000 and 2001 as well as his Masters Cup win in 2000.
Kuerten was ranked the ATP No. 1 player in the world in 2000 and held the place for 43 non-consecutive weeks. He turned pro in 1995 and was forced to retire in 2008 due to nagging injuries and his inability to fully recuperate.
During his 14-year career, Kuerten earned nearly $15 million in prize money, Xinhua reported.
Kuerten admitted that before he became a tennis player and even during his first years as a player, he was unaware of the existence of the tennis Hall of Fame.
Addressing the crowd in English, despite the large majority of native Portuguese speakers in the crowd, Kuerten gave special thanks to his father and brother, both of whom have passed away.
In tears, the former star attributed his success to his father`s incessant support and belief in him.
Kuerten is now Brazil`s second member of the Hall of Fame. The first and only other Brazilian to be inducted into the exclusive list is Maria Esther Bueno.
Apart from Kuerten, Spain`s Manuel Orantes, Wales` Mike Davies and American Randy Snow had their respective names added to the Hall of Fame.