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Few shared the love of tennis, competition quite like Guga

A fragment of his formidable years, Gustavo Kuerten, surgically repaired hip and all, bid farewell Sunday. Though synonymous with the French Open, Guga captured the hearts of fans worldwide.

Updated: May 29, 2008, 7:56 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

PARIS -- It takes a certain lack of inhibition to plan the memorial service for your own career, but Gustavo Kuerten knew where he wanted to play his last point: on the same court where he won three titles and minted an iconic moment by tracing a valentine to the sport and the crowd in the rich red dirt.

Kuerten's exit at age 31, forced by a bum hip that two surgeries failed to fix, closely followed that of another multiple French Open champion, but it couldn't have ...

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