In an interview, Serena Williams's coach Patrick Mouratoglou commented on the Academy named after him near Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France. Stefanos Tsitsipas has been training there for years and this year he achieved his maiden Grand Slam semifinal in the Australian Open.
"It's by far the Academy that produces the biggest results for the younger guys. We had players in the last seven Grand Slam junior finals. The Academy was created in Paris, but in the Cote River, we have a better climate for our company.
Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, David Goffin and others regularly spend time there. It was the training base for all the professional players who wanted to complete their preparation on clay in the April month. Here we treat sport and study in the same way because younger players will not become champions.
They fluently speak three or four languages. We have 100 per cent of success and we finance them in the American universities. Enormous resources that other younger guys do not have. I also started a Foundation that helps high potential players and offer them services", said Mouratoglou.
On Gustavo Kuerten's legacy in Brazil, he added: "There they always speak about the new Guga, but all of us knows that one like him will never exist, not on and off the court either, it's impossible. I know him on a personal level and he is unbelievable, from a different world.
You do not feel he won three Grand Slams, he speaks to you like a normal person, that's why I believe one like him will never exist again. Hopefully, someone can represent Brazil as well as he did, for that, I have to play more Challengers this year and keep increasing my level."
Kuerten is expected to attend the French Open in late May as he is the Tournament Ambassador. He also shows up at the Rio Open that has been taking place on clay in February since 2014. Rafael Nadal won the event in 2014 and 2015.