RETIRED PLAYER NEWS 2012
Vilas Sculpture Erected In Argentina
Mar del Plata, Argentina
by ATP Staff|
A sculpture of Guillermo Vilas has been erected at the Club Náutico Mar del Plata, where Vilas first began to play tennis. The sculpture, presented by Peugeot, is the first monument in Argentina dedicated to Vilas and comes 35 years after he won his first Grand Slam championship at 1977 Roland Garros (d. Gottfried).
The sculpture depicts Vilas hitting his famed single-handed backhand and is named, “Vilas, el revés argentino” (Vilas, the Argentine backhand). It is made of iron and is 180 centimetres high, weighing 100 kilos. Daniel Masi is the artist who designed the sculpture, with Eduardo Puppo responsible for the initial idea and development. Puppo is an Argentine tennis journalist who authored A History Of Argentine Tennis and is a tennis analyst for the Spanish language CNN.
The left-handed Vilas captured four major titles during his career. In 1977, he won 17 of 33 tournaments and compiled a match record of 145-14. He also posted an Open Era winning streak of 46 matches. A Davis Cup stalwart for Argentina, the Buenos Aires native compiled a 57-24 match record in the ITF men’s team competition.