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Kuerten triumphs at the 2000 Roland Garros.

Country: Brazil
Residence: Florianopolis, BRA
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
Weight: 178 lbs. (80 kg)
Plays: Right
Turned pro: 1995
Highest singles ranking: 1 (12/4/2000)
Singles titles: 20
Career Prize Money: $14,662,963
Grand Slam Record
Titles: 3
Australian Open 3rd (2004)
French Open W (1997-00-01)
Wimbledon QF (1999)
U.S. Open QF (1999-01)

Gustavo Kuerten (born September 10, 1976 in Florianpolis, Santa Catarina) is a professional tennis player from Brazil. He is also known as "Guga", an affectionate nickname which is a common abbreviation of the name "Gustavo" in Brazil.

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Personal and Early Career

Kuerten's early life is marked by two family tragedies. The first one concerns his youngest brother, who suffered prolonged oxygen deprivation and consequently irrepairable brain damage during birth and as a result suffers from mental retardation and severe physical disability. Kuerten has been deeply affected by his brother's daily struggles. Every year of his professional career so far, he has donated the entire prize money from one tournament he wins to a hometown NGO that provides assistance for people suffering from similar disabilities. In his own family, Kuerten gives every trophy he wins to his younger brother as a souvenir (including the three miniature replicas of the Roland Garros trophy).

The second tragedy concerns Kuerten's father, who was a former amateur tennis player and in his later life a tennis umpire. In 1985, when Kuerten was only 8 years old, he died of a heart attack while umpiring a juniors match in Florianpolis.

Kuerten began playing tennis when he was six, and met Larri Passos, his coach for the next 15 years, when he was 14 years old. Passos convinced Kuerten and his family that he was talented enough to make a living out of playing tennis, and the two started traveling all over the world to participate in Junior tournaments. Kuerten turned professional in 1995.

Professional Career

After two years as a professional, Kuerten rose to the position of n. 2 player in Brazil, second only to Fernando Meligeni, and had his then highest point by helping the Brazilian Davis Cup team defeat Austria in 1996 and reach the competition's first division, the World Group.

Following his unexpected victory in the 1997 Roland Garros, Kuerten had a difficult year and a half, adjusting to his sudden fame and the pressure of being expected to win. 1998 was the worst year in his career that was not related to injuries (in that year, Kuerten played beneath his potential, despite not being hindered by physical problems). The pressure for him to become an "ambassador" for tennis in Brazil was made evident after his early defeat to a then unknown Marat Safin in the 1998 Roland Garros: the entire body of Brazilian journalists that had been dispatched to Paris to cover the event immediately returned home, leaving the rest of the tournament unaccounted for in Brazil.

Like many South Americans his favorite court surface is clay. He has won three Grand Slam titles, all of them at the French Open, played on the clay courts of Roland Garros. He won these titles in 1997, 2000 and 2001. Kuerten became the No. 1 player in the world in 2000 using his unique serve and strong ground strokes.

Kuerten embraces the baseline style of play, with heavily topspun ground strokes and a solid serve that enables him to wear down his opponent from the back of the court. His unique "grunt" when he strikes the ball is recognised by millions of fans around the world.

"Guga" as he is affectionately called by his fans, represents his country, Brazil, in the Davis Cup competition, but in the past few years his seasons have been plagued by injuries. Kuerten is one of the most widely recognised and popular tennis players on the ATP tour.

1997

At the 1997 Roland Garros, he became the first Brazilian to win a Grand Slam singles title, with victories over three former champions: Thomas Muster (3rd round), Yevgeny Kafelnikov (quarterfinal) and Sergi Bruguera (final). He became the second-lowest ranked Grand Slam Champion (ranked 66th) and this led to him entering the ATP top 20.

1999

In 1999, he became one of 3 South Americans to complete the year in the top 10 in all the historyof the ATP Ranking. He reached the quarterfinal at Roland Garros. At Wimbledon, he became the first Brazilian to reach the quarterfinals since Thomaz Koch in 1967. He was defeated by Andre Agassi in the quarter final but had lost just one set until that stage. In July, he defeated Sebastien Grosjean 9-7 in the fifth set of the Davis Cup quarterfinal between Brazil and France. That match lasted 4 hours and 43 minutes. He also became the first Brazilian to qualify for the ATP World Championship (today the ATP Tennis Masters Cup, which is exclusive to the eight best ranked players in the calendar year).

2000

In 2000, he became the first South American to finish No. 1 in the history of the ATP Ranking (since 1973). It was a close contest with Marat Safin at the year's last event, the Tennis Masters Cup (in its first year under that name) in Lisbon, Portugal, with one loss meaning that Safin would have been no. 1. In order to finish the year as the world n. 1 player, Kuerten did what many critics had deemed impossible (for him to do): beat Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi in back to back matches on an indoor carpet court.

He broke an eight-year reign of players from the USA at the No. 1 position. He also became the first South American to finish in Top 5 in consecutive years since Guillermo Vilas of Argentina in 1977-78.

2001

In 2001, he won his third Roland Garros crown, joining former greats Bjrn Borg (6), Ivan Lendl (3) and Mats Wilander (3) with three or more French Open titles in the Open Era. His road to the title was not uneventful: Kuerten saved a match point against Fourth Round opponent Michael Russell. He led the ATP in prize money for the second straight year, with USD$4,091,004.

2004 to present

In a injury-ridden year, Kuerten still managed to win one ATP Tour title, which he did at home, by winning the Brasil Open for the second time. In that year, the tournament had been moved from September to February, and the surface had been changed from hard to clay (all this was done as a result of a compromise with the Buenos Aires Open, in Argentina, and the Via del Mar Open, in Chile, so as to tighten up a clear South American tournament circuit). With his victory, Kuerten became the only player so far to have won the title on both surfaces and dates (he had won the previous version of the tournament in 2002).

In addition to that, the one other noteworthy event in Kuerten's season was the fact that he was reponsible for the only defeat suffered by Roger Federer in a Grand Slam event in that year. Kuerten's only previous encounter against Federer on clay (Hamburg Masters 2002) had resulted in a win for Federer, with the then emerging Swiss handing the established Roland Garros champion a bagel set. When they met again in the third round in Roland Garros 2004, it was Federer who was in a dominant form and was expected to win handily against the injury-ridden Kuerten. Instead, it was Kuerten who overpowered and dominated Federer and sent him off in straight sets (6-4 6-4 6-4). Since Federer went on to win three of the four Grand Slam events of the year and had played well enough on clay in 2004 to win the Hamburg Masters Series event (defeating in the final the best clay player of the tour in the moment, Argentina's Guillermo Coria), some "credit" Kuerten with preventing Federer from completing a Grand Slam in 2004 (which would have been only the 4th time in all of men's tennis history).

On September 1, Kuerten announced that he would be withdrawing from the ATP Tour for an indefinite period of time, in order to undergo detailed exams of his operated hip, which had reportedly started to bother him again. He did not again for the rest of the year. In February 2005, Kuerten announced his return in the Valencia Open, in Spain, which he would enter thanks to his ATP protected rank (a fictional ranking designed to help injured players: Kuerten would be able to enter automatically in as many as eight tournaments without the need of a wildcard or playing Qualifying matches).

On March 15, 2005, Kuerten announced that Larri Passos, his coach of 15 years, would no longer be his coach as of his return to the tour at the Valencia Open. Reportedly, the decision to break up the partnership was harmonius and mutual, since Passos had expressed his unwillingness to continue travelling the world after the birth of his first daughter. Kuerten also announced that he had no plans of hiring a new coach at the moment. This has led to speculation that he could be attempting to emulate the (rather successful) experience of Roger Federer in the 2004 season. After a slow start, however, Kuerten decided to hire temporarily Argentine former player Henry Gumy, who started coaching him in the Italian Open 2005 and would continue to do so in the weeks leading up to the French Open and during Kuerten's campaign in the Grand Slam event. After a poor campaign in Roland Garros (lost in the First Round), Kuerten decided to retain Gumy's orientation for an undisclosed amount of time. Kuerten has also announced that he would not be playing any tournaments in the following months, with the exception of Davis Cup matches. He will return only in the tournaments that serve as preparation for the U.S. Open (but he will not play the two Tennis Masters Series events in North America). Kuerten will likely retain Gumy through his U.S. Open appearance.

Miscellaneous

  • Height: 1.91 m (6'3 ft)
  • His elder brother, Leonardo Kuerten, looks after his business matters.
  • He is the only non-North American tennis player to have appeared in the finals of all 4 Tennis Masters Series Events played in the subcontinent (Indian Wells, Miami, Toronto/Montreal and Cincinnati).
  • Fastest serve: 212 km/h (at the Gstaad Open, in 1999)
  • Plays: Right-handed with a one-handed backhand.
  • Kuerten has not gone a year without at least one title since 1997.
  • Among the South American tennis players currently in activity, Kuerten has the most titles (20).
  • Was the very first champion of the ATP Champions Race, in 2000.
  • Kuerten was fortunate enough that every time he won in Roland Garros he received the trophy from a tennis star from the past (as opposed to athletes from other sports or even unrelated celebrities): in 1997, the trophy was presented to him by Guillermo Vilas and Bjrn Borg, in 2000, he received the award from Boris Becker, and in 2001, from Jim Courier.
  • The 1997 Roland Garros trophy presentation was marked by two amusing passages: first, when called to the stage to receive the winner's trophy, Kuerten bowed a few times to Bjrn Borg, who was waiting at the top of the stairs to shake his hand. It was a reverence to one of Kuerten's childhood icons. Later, during the cerimony, Guillermo Vilas whispered something in Kuerten's ear that caused him to laugh during the speech of the chairman of the event. Kuerten later refused to reveal what it was that Vilas had said, claiming it would be inelegant to do so, but journalists that were equipped with powerful lenses were able to read Vilas's lips, and it was revealed that he had said (in Spanish) something like: "Get ready kid, it's going to rain women on your lap!"
  • In every one of the three times Kuerten won Roland Garros: 1) He defeated Yevgeny Kafelnikov, of Russia, in the quarterfinal match; 2) He defeated exactly two Top 10 players (at the time of each event).

Titles (28)

Legend
Grand Slam (3)
Tennis Masters Cup (1)
ATP Masters Series (5)
ATP Tour (11)

Singles (20)

No.
Date
Tournament
Surface
Opponent in the final
Score
1. May 26, 1997 Roland Garros, France Clay Sergi Bruguera (Spain) 6-3 6-4 6-2
2. Jul 20, 1998 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Karol Kucera (Slovakia) 4-6 6-2 6-4
3. Sep 28, 1998 Majorca, Spain Clay Carlos Moya (Spain) 6-7(5) 6-2 6-3
4. Apr 19, 1999 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Marcelo Rios (Chile) 6-4 2-1 ret.
5. May 10, 1999 Rome, Italy Clay Patrick Rafter (Australia) 6-4 7-5 7-6(6)
6. Feb 28, 2000 Santiago, Chile Clay Mariano Puerta (Argentina) 7-6(3) 6-3
7. May 15, 2000 Hamburg, Germany Clay Marat Safin (Russia) 6-4 5-7 6-4 5-7 7-6(3)
8. May 29, 2000 Roland Garros, France Clay Magnus Norman (Sweden) 6-2 6-3 2-6 7-6(6)
9. Aug 14, 2000 Indianapolis, USA Hard Marat Safin (Russia) 3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(2)
10. Nov 27, 2000 Tennis Masters Cup (Lisbon, Portugal) Carpet Andre Agassi (USA) 6-4 6-4 6-4
11. Feb 19, 2001 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Jose Acasuso (Argentina) 6-1 6-3
12. Feb 26, 2001 Acapulco, Mexico Clay Galo Blanco (Spain) 6-4 6-2
13. Apr 16, 2001 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Hicham Arazi (Morocco) 6-3 6-2 6-4
14. May 28, 2001 Roland Garros, France Clay Alex Corretja (Spain) 6-7(3) 7-5 6-2 6-0
15. Jul 16, 2001 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Guillermo Caas (Argentina) 6-3 6-2 6-4
16. Aug 6, 2001 Cincinnati, USA Hard Patrick Rafter (Australia) 6-1 6-3
17. Sep 9, 2002 Costa do Sauipe, Brazil Hard Guillermo Coria (Argentina) 6-7(4) 7-5 7-6(2)
18. Jan 6, 2003 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Dominik Hrbat (Slovakia) 6-3 7-5
19. Oct 20, 2003 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard Sargis Sargsian (Armenia) 6-4 6-3
20. Feb 23, 2004 Costa do Sauipe, Brazil Clay Agustin Calleri (Argentina) 3-6 6-2 6-3

Doubles (8)

No.
Date
Tournament
Surface
Partnering
Opponents in the final
Score
1. Nov 4, 1996 Santiago Clay Fernando Meligeni (Brazil) Dinu Pescariu (Romenia) / Albert Portas (Spain) 6-4 6-2
2. April 7, 1997 Estoril Clay Fernando Meligeni (Brazil) Andrea Gaudenzi / Filippo Messori (Italy) 6-2 6-2
3. June 9, 1997 Bologna Clay Fernando Meligeni (Brazil) Dave Randall / Jack Waite (USA) 6-2 7-5
4. July 14, 1997 Stuttgart Outdoor Clay Fernando Meligeni (Brazil) Donald Johnson / Francisco Montana (USA) 6-4 6-4
5. July 6, 1998 Gstaad Clay Fernando Meligeni (Brazil) Daniel Orsanic (Argentina) / Cyril Suk (Czech Republic) 6-4 7-5
6. Jan 1, 1999 Adelaide Hard Nicolas Lapentti (Ecuador) Jim Courier / Patrick Galbraith (USA) 6-4 6-4
7. Feb 28, 2000 Santiago Clay Antnio Prieto (Brazil) Lan Bale / Piet Norval (South Africa) 6-2 6-4
8. Feb 26, 2001 Acapulco Clay Donald Johnson (USA) David Adams (South Africa) / Martin Garcia (Argentina) 6-3 7-6(5)



Performance Timeline

Singles

Tournament 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997
Australian Open - 3r 2r 1r 2r 1r 2r 2r 2r
Roland Garros 1r QF 4r 4r W W QF 2r W
Wimbledon - - 2r - - 3r QF 1r 1r
US Open - 1r 4r QF 1r QF 2r 3r

The year of 1999 was Kuerten's best overall year in the Grand Slam: he reached the quarterfinals in all events but one. Symbol "-" means that Kuerten did not play in that year's edition of the event.

Doubles

Tournament 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997
Australian Open - - - - 1r - QF 2r 1r
Roland Garros - - - - - 2r QF 2r
Wimbledon - - - - 1r 1r - -
US Open 1r 1r - - - - - 1r



Titles detail

Grand Slam

1997 Roland Garros

Round
Defeated
Opponent's Rank
Score
1st Round Slava Dosedel (Czech Republic)
73
6-0 7-5 6-1
2nd Round Jonas Bjrkman (Sweden)
23
6-4 6-2 4-6 7-5
3rd Round Thomas Muster (Austria)
5
6-7(3) 6-1 6-3 3-6 6-4
Round of 16 Andrei Medvedev (Ukraine)
20
5-7 6-1 6-2 1-6 7-5
QF Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Russia)
3
6-2 5-7 2-6 6-0 6-4
SF Filip Dewulf (Belgium)
122
6-1 3-6 6-1 7-6(4)
Final Sergi Bruguera (Spain)
19
6-3 6-4 6-2

Defeated 3 champions, who had won the previous 4 editions, en route to title: Sergi Bruguera (1993 and 1994), Thomas Muster (1995) and Yevgeny Kafelnikov (1996).

2000 Roland Garros

Round
Defeated
Opponent's Rank
Score
1st Round Andreas Vinciguerra (Sweden)
42
6-0 6-0 6-3
2nd Round Marcelo Charpentier (Argentina)
Wildcard
7-6(5) 6-2 6-2
3rd Round Michael Chang (USA)
44
6-3 6-7(11) 6-1 6-4
Round of 16 Nicolas Lapentti (Ecuador)
15
6-3 6-4 7-6(4)
QF Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Russia)
4
6-3 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-2
SF Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain)
11
7-5 4-6 2-6 6-4 6-3
Final Magnus Norman (Sweden)
1
6-2 6-3 2-6 7-6(6)

As in 1997, faced Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the quarterfinal match; Third consecutive final against Magnus Norman ("a historical rivalry", in Kuerten's words).

2001 Roland Garros

Round
Defeated
Opponent's Rank
Score
1st Round Guillermo Coria (Argentina)
13
6-1 7-5 6-4
2nd Round Agustin Calleri (Argentina)
88
6-4 6-4 6-4
3rd Round Karim Alami (Morocco)
117
6-3 6-7(3) 7-6(5) 6-2
Round of 16 Michael Russell (USA)
136
3-6 4-6 7-6(3) 6-3 6-1
QF Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Russia)
8
6-1 3-6 7-6(3) 6-4
SF Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain)
2
6-4 6-4 6-3
Final Alex Corretja (Spain)
32
6-7(3) 7-5 6-2 6-0

For the third time faced Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the quartefinal match; For the second time, faced Juan Carlos Ferrero in the Semifinal match. Saved a match point against Michael Russell in the Fourth Round.



Masters Series

1999 Monte Carlo Open

Round
Defeated
Opponent's Rank
Score
1st Round Marcio Carlsson (Brazil)
131
6-1 6-3
2nd Round Bohdan Ulihrach (Czech Republic)
34
6-7(5) 6-2 6-4
Round of 16 Fernando Meligeni (Brazil)
51
6-2 7-6(2)
QF Vincent Spadea (USA)
33
6-3 6-3
SF Felix Mantilla (Spain)
17
3-6 6-3 6-4
Final Marcelo Rios (Chile)
13
6-4 2-1 ret.



1999 Italian Open (Rome)

Round
Defeated
Opponent's Rank
Score
1st Round Fernando Vicente (Spain)
54
6-4 6-3
2nd Round Francisco Clavet (Spain)
21
6-3 6-3
Round of 16 Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Russia)
1
7-5 6-1
QF Karol Kucera (Slovakia)
12
3-6 6-4 7-5
SF Alex Corretja (Spain)
7
6-4 6-2
Final Patrick Rafter (Australia)
4
6-4 7-5 7-6(6)



2000 Hamburg Open

Round
Defeated
Opponent's Rank
Score
1st Round Karim Alami (Morocco)
28
5-7 6-2 6-3
2nd Round Sebastien Grosjean (France)
30
6-1 3-6 6-3
Round of 16 Wayne Ferreira (South Africa)
25
6-1 6-2
QF Magnus Norman (Sweden)
1
6-4 6-2
SF Andrei pavel (Romania)
67
6-3 6-3
Final Marat Safin (Russia)
18
6-4 5-7 6-4 5-7 7-6(3)



2001 Monte Carlo Open

Round
Defeated
Opponent's Rank
Score
1st Round Younes El Aynaoui (Morocco)
72
6-4 4-6 6-4
2nd Round Fernando Vicente (Spain)
26
6-2 6-2
Round of 16 Tommy Haas (Germany)
18
6-7(6) 6-3 6-3
QF Sjeng Schalken (Netherlands)
82
6-7(1) 6-2 6-4
SF Guillermo Coria (Argentina)
28
6-4 6-2
Final Hicham Arazi (Morocco)
77
6-3 6-2 6-4



2001 Cincinnati Open

Round
Defeated
Opponent's Rank
Score
1st Round Andy Roddick (USA)
24
7-6(3) 6-1
2nd Round Tommy Haas (Germany)
22
7-6(4) 7-6(10)
Round of 16 Goran Ivanisevic (Croatia)
11
6-2 6-1
QF Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Russia)
10
6-4 3-6 6-4
SF Tim Henman (UK)
8
6-2 1-6 7-6(4)
Final Patrick Rafter (Australia)
4
6-1 6-3

Kuerten later described this as his best-played tournament, given how many difficult opponents he had to defeat en route to the title.

2000 Tennis Masters Cup (Lisbon)

Round Opponent Opponent's Rank Score
Round Robin Andre Agassi (USA)
8
6-4 4-6 3-6
Magnus Norman (Sweden)
4
7-5 6-3
Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Russia)
5
6-3 6-4
Semifinal Pete Sampras (USA)
3
6-7(5) 6-3 6-4
Final Andre Agassi (USA)
8
6-4 6-4 6-4

After losing his first Round Robin match, Kuerten had to win the tournament in order to finish the year as world n.1 (had he won the first match, a semifinal result would have sufficed).

Runner-up (9)

In these occasions, Kuerten reached the final match but was defeated.

Legend
ATP Masters Series (5)
ATP Tour (4)
No.
Date
Tournament
Surface
Defeated in the final by
Score
1. June 9, 1997 Bologna Clay Felix Mantilla (Spain) 6-4 2-6 1-6
2. July 28, 1997 Montreal Hard Chris Woodruff (USA) 5-7 6-4 3-6
3. March 23, 2000 Miami Hard Pete Sampras (USA) 1-6 7-6(2) 6-7(5) 6-7(10)
4. May 8, 2000 Rome Clay Marat Safin (Russia) 6-4 5-7 6-4 5-7 7-6(3)
5. May 7, 2001 Rome Clay Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain) 6-3 1-6 6-2 4-6 2-6
6. Aug 13, 2001 Indianapolis Hard Patrick Rafter (Australia) 2-4 ret.
7. Oct 7, 2002 Lyon Carpet Paul-Henri Mathieu (France) 6-4 3-6 1-6
8. March 10, 2003 Indian Wells Hard Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) 1-6 1-6
9. Feb 9, 2004 Via del Mar Clay Fernando Gonzalez (Chile) 5-7 4-6



Davis Cup

Kuerten was first called to play for Brazil in the Davis Cup in 1996, when he became the second best ranked player in the country (second to Fernando Meligeni). Since then, Kuerten always answered the invitations to play, claiming that it was an unique opportunity to represent his country (a common allegation for players defending the importance of participating in the event).

In the 1999 and 2000 seasons, Kuerten took criticism from his own fans, who accused him of not giving 100% in the Davis Cup matches, claiming he would be more concerned with sparing his energy for the ATP tournaments. At one point, Kuerten interrupted a match to argue with a fan who had shouted out for him to apply himself to the match at hand.

In 2004, following the country's unexpected defeat to Canada (in Calgary), in the Repechage match, and the country's demotion to the American Group I (the team had been defeated by Sweden in that year's First Round), discontent with the politics of the Brazilian Tennis Confederation, Kuerten refused to play for Brazil in the American Group I. The trouble started over the unexpected firing of the then Captain of the Brazilian team, Ricardo Accioly (a.k.a. "the sparrow"). Kuerten thought it was an arbitrary decision, since it was made without consulting the players, and that, in his view, was the last drop in a sequence of "questionable" decisions made by organization's board.

Kuerten's lead was followed by all other Brazilian professional players, as well as by the newly appointed Captain, former player Jaime Oncins (whom Kuerten called at home to ensure that the protest had absolutely nothing to do with him, but it was rather a revolt against the BTC). As a result, Brazil had to play the first confront in the Zonal Group with a team made up of junior players (which was only possible after much negotiation, during which time the country was at risk of forfiting the Round, which would have resulted in automatic demoting to the American Group II), which resulted in a defeat and the possibility of demotion to the American Group II.

The protest continued, and as a result, Brazil had to play the Repechage match again with a junior team, and was demoted to the American Group II for the 2005 season. As of 2005, following the fall of the BTC board in the aftermath of the protest, Kuerten and the other players have decided to return to the team, now captained by former player Fernando Meligeni. Kuerten himself has yet to return though, since his hip injuries have kept him out of courts since September of 2004.

Kuerten's Davis Cup record is as follows:

Total Clay Carpet Grass Hard Indoor Outdoor
Won 29 23 6 0 0 6 23
Lost 14 7 5 2 0 5 9

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Davis Cup results

1996

Group Round Date Opponents Venue Surface Match Opponent Score
American Group I
QF
Feb 9

Feb 11 1996
Santiago
Clay
Doubles (with Jaime Oncins) Rebolledo/Rios 7-5 6-3 4-6 6-2
SF
Apr 5

Apr 7 1996
Clay
Singles
2
Nicolas Pereira 6-2 6-7(2) 6-1 6-2
Singles
4
Jimy Szymanski 6-2 6-7(6) 6-0
World Group
QR
Sep 20

Sep 22 1996
Hard
Singles
2
Markus Hipfl 4-6 3-6 7-6(0) 7-6(5) 6-1
Doubles (with Jaime Oncins) Muster/Plamberger 7-6(2) 4-6 6-3 3-6 2-0 def.*

QF – Quarterfinal | SF – Semifinal | QR – Qualifying Round

* During the Doubles match, the star of the Austrian team, Thomas Muster, got angry over what he claimed to be disrespectful Brazilian fans, who were allegedly insulting him from the stands. The match umpire did not recognize his claim, so Muster walked off the court, throwing the match. He then convinced the entire Austrian team to defect the confront, which led to the cancellation of the two singles matches on Sunday and the automatic demotion of Austria to the European Zonal Group I.

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