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Gonzalez, Massu Honoured In Viña Del Mar

Viña del Mar, Chile

Massu, Gonzalez© Jim RydellNicolas Massu and Fernando Gonzalez are honoured in an on-court ceremony in Vina del Mar.

Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu were honoured at the Royal Guard Open Chile on Wednesday for their career achievements in Vina del Mar.

Jaime Fillol, Royal Guard Open Chile President, and Alvaro Fillol, Tournament Director, presented the Chilean heroes with engraved plates in an on-court ceremony. Gonzalez, who retired in March 2012, won the ATP World Tour 250 tournament in 2002, ‘04, ‘08-09. Massu, who announced his retirement last August, was a finalist in 2006-07.

“I'm living a different moment of my life,” said the 33-year-old Gonzalez, a former World No. 5. “It's great to be back here, but now I just come to watch a couple of matches and then I go home. I enjoy tennis in a different way. I love being here but I'm happy with my new life.”

The ATP World Tour’s four-week stretch in Latin American was coined “the Golden Swing” following Gonzalez and Massu’s efforts at the 2004 Athens Olympics. The two teamed up to win the gold medal in doubles, and also climbed the podium in singles, with Massu winning gold and Gonzalez bronze. Four years later, Gonzalez captured the silver medal in Beijing.

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