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Kuerten Receives Brazilian Honour; Rain Washes Out Play In Costa Do Sauipe

Costa do Sauipe, Brazil

Kuerten© Instituto Guga KuertenGustavo Kuerten receives Brazil's highest sporting honour.

Gustavo Kuerten became the first tennis player to receive Brazil’s highest prize in sports, awarded the Cruz do Mérito Desportivo (Sports Worth Cross) on Wednesday night at the Ministry of Sports in Brasilia.

Brazilian Sport Minster Orlando Silva Jr., who presented the medal to the three-time Roland Garros champion, said: “Guga is not only a great name of Brazilian sports, but also a great reference in international sports. His example on and off the court will for sure inspire our generation.”

“It’s quite amazing to receive a medal from Brazilian people,” said the former ATP World Tour Champion. “This event represents the potential, the energy of our people and I’d like to share this prize with lots of people. I took for granted Brazilian potential. That’s why I will work hard to increase tennis in Brazil.”

Rain Cancels Play At Brasil Open
In Costa do Sauipe, rain washed out play on Thursday at the Brasil Open. Two Brazilians will now play their second-round matches Friday, with No. 3 seed Thomaz Bellucci facing Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver and wild card Ricardo Mello meeting fifth-seeded Romanian Victor Hanescu.

Three seeds – No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, No. 4 Igor Andreev and No. 6 Pablo Cuevas – and qualifier Carlos Berlocq have already booked their places in the quarter-finals after winning their second-round matches Wednesday at the ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament.

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