Go Figure: Guga the Hall of Famer
Gustavo Kuerten won three French Open titles and spent 43 weeks at No. 1. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
Gustavo Kuerten's election to the International Tennis Hall of Fame was announced Thursday. The former No. 1 from Brazil will be inducted on July 14 in Newport, R.I. Here are some notable numbers from Kuerten's career, which could have been even more distinguished if not for recurring hip injuries.
3: French Open titles, in 1997, 2000 and 2001.
66: Kuerten's ranking when he won the 1997 French Open, where, as a 20-year-old, he upset former champions Thomas Muster, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Sergi Bruguera to become the second-lowest-ranked Grand Slam champion. The stunning run marked his first ATP title.
11: Match points that Kuerten needed to close out Magnus Norman in the 2000 French Open final.
20: Singles titles, with a 20-9 record in finals. Of those 20 titles, three were majors, five were Masters tournaments and 16 were on clay.
8: Doubles titles, including five with fellow Brazilian Fernando Meligeni.
$14,807,000: Career prize money for singles and doubles combined.
36-3: Clay-court record in 2001. He won five of his six titles that year on clay.
43: Weeks spent at No. 1, all in 2000 and 2001. The Brazilian was the first South American to finish as a year-end No. 1.
358-195: Career record, a .647 winning percentage.
34-18: Davis Cup record, including 21-11 in singles and 13-7 in doubles. One highlight was Kuerten's 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 9-7 victory over France's Sebastien Grosjean in the 1999 quarterfinals, though Brazil lost the tie 3-2.7-8: Record on grass. All of those victories (and five of the losses) came at Wimbledon, where he made the quarterfinals in 1999.