13/06/2017 | 8:45AM
Former Brazilian tennis player Gustavo Kuerten, Guga, was honored before the men's final of Roland Garros this Sunday, game between Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka, in the edition celebrating 20 years of his first title in the Paris Grand Slam.
Guga, 40, surprised the world of tennis in 1997 by defeating the Spanish Sergi Bruguera in the final after arriving to Roland Garros as the 66th tennis player in the world. The Brazilian also won the tournament titles in 2000 and 2001. "Thank you all. This tournament is part of my life and my heart," he said, making an effort to speak in French.
Guga received, in the court Philippe Chatrier, the applause and the recognition of members of the Hall of Fame of tennis, organization dedicated to preserve the historical legacy of the sport. In the event, were present several great names, among them the Spanish Manolo Santana, the Argentine Guillermo Vilas, and the Belgian Kim Clijsters.
Guga, who took his sons, showed his support for Paris's bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, posing next to the event logo and making his fingers mimic the Eiffel Tower, one of the symbols of the French capital's project.
Translated from: DC