He may have won Roland Garros three times, but Gustavo Kuerten got emotional this Monday when he talked about the tribute he will receive this Tuesday at the Rio Open presented by Claro. During a special event, the Central Court of the Jockey Club Brasileiro will be named after him.

“I´m really happy and satisfied with that. I never thought, in my wildest dreams, that this would happen one day”, said Guga, winner of 20 ATP titles in his career and former world number one.

“I think that the organizers noticed my desire to be on court since the beginning and decided to honor me giving my name to the Central Court. It´s great because that means I´ll be there when they hit the first ball until the last one. It is also a way of honoring and keeping the history of tennis alive”, said the former player.

Speaking about the third edition of the Rio Open, a tournament that he follows since the beginning, Guga highlighted the importance of having a top event like this in Brazil.

“To have eight players on the Top 30 here in Rio is fantastic for the sport in the country and it inspires young generations. Having players like [Rafael] Nadal, [David] Ferrer, [Jo-Wilfried] Tsonga and [Nicolas] Almagro, for example, is amazing. The event is a success and its biggest legacy is to highlight the history of the sport for the fans.”

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