News Alert from the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
It was twenty years ago this week that a young Brazilian tennis player burst onto the global tennis scene when he powered through the French Open draw, defeating two past champions en route to winning the 1997 French Open title. It would be the first of three victories at Roland-Garros for eventual Hall of Famer Gustavo 'Guga' Kuerten. In recognition of an extraordinary career that also saw him becoming the first South American to become World No.1, Keuten was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012.
In a special ceremony on Court Philippe-Chatrier just prior to the start of the Men’s Final, this honor was celebrated once again when Kuerten was presented with the official Hall of Fame ring. The Hall of Fame rings are one-of-a-kind piece presented to Hall of Famers at tennis events around the world to commemorate their recognition as being among the sport’s greatest champions.
In addition to being a Hall of Famer, Kuerten serves as a Global Ambassador for the International Tennis Hall of Fame, partnering with the organization to highlight the Hall of Fame’s work and mission around the world. The International Tennis Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that preserves and promotes the history of tennis and celebrates its champions, thereby serving as a vital partner in the growth of tennis globally. The Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island in the United States, but Hall of Famers hail from 23 nations around the world. The Hall of Fame honors these legends and chronicles the sport’s history in a comprehensive interactive museum in Newport and programming to celebrate the sport around the world.