Former World No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten says Roland Garros will always remain special for him, in an interview to the L'Equipe. The three-time Roland Garros champion said he had a chance to watch some of his matches at the French Open during the current lockdown period.
“It allowed me to observe the reaction of spectators in the stands. Magic ! They were completely behind me. It's crazy to see the love between us. It was the same against Kafelnikov or Ferrero in 2000, and already against Muster in 1997.
This is where it all began. I don't know why the French have always had respect, tenderness and even devotion for me. They must have loved my style and my energy. I think we can sum it all up by saying that it was love with a capital A.
The most precious thing is that twenty years later, it is still present. And reciprocal. " “Every year, I bring home small memories that remind me of Roland-Garros, but it goes beyond that. I don't need to be there to feel this magic.
It's almost spiritual. Today, what I feel for Roland is like what you can feel for a first love. Our alliance was so deep: from the start, we built something eternal. I don't necessarily think of it every day, but it is always in my heart." Kuerten won the French Open in 1997, 2000, and 2001.