Former World No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten, of Brazil, has declined the coaching offer from World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas, saying he already has his hands full with his kids for now. Kuerten is a three-time former French Open champion and on a recent show with Mats Wilander and Alex Corretja, Kuerten says, "He (Tsitsipas) is very kind.
It would be a great experience, but not for me because I have two very young children (6 and 8 years old) to take care of. In fact, I am already a coach. There are days when I am a math coach, Portuguese coach ... "
Stefanos Tsitsipas had said he would love to hire Gustavo Kuerten as his coach
In his earlier interview, Tsitsipas had said, "Guga? I want to hire him as a coach.
I really would, honestly. I watched a few matches of him when I was young. Most at Roland Garros. He was one of the players to see of course. I really like his game. He was so much fun, relaxed and natural when he practiced his style of play."
The 43 year old Kuerten won the French Open singles title three times (1997, 2000, and 2001), and was the Tennis Masters Cup champion in 2000.
During his career he won 20 singles and 8 doubles titles. He retired from the game in 2008 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012. Stefanos Tsitsipas has a career-high ranking of No. 5 in the world, making him the highest-ranked Greek player in history.
Tsitsipas is the reigning champion at the ATP Finals, and is the youngest winner of the year-end championships in eighteen years. He has won five singles titles and reached ten finals on the ATP Tour. As a junior, he was ranked No.
1 in the world and also became the third Greek player, and first Greek male in the Open Era, to win a junior Grand Slam title with a victory in the 2016 Wimbledon boys' doubles event. Several players have worked with former World No.
1 players and Grand Slam champions in recent times - among them, Rafael Nadal is working with Carlos Moya, Novak Djokovic is working with Goran Ivanisevic and had earlier worked with Boris Becker and Andre Agassi, Roger Federer's coaching team includes Ivan Ljubicic and he earlier worked with Stefan Edberg and Kei Nishikori has worked with Michael Chang.