Injured Kuerten to skip penultimate event on farewell tour

4/23/2008 - Tennis

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten will not play in next week's ATP event in Barcelona because of a muscle injury.

Kuerten, on his farewell tour, received a wild card to play in what would have been his penultimate event before ending his 14-year career at Roland Garros next month.

The popular Brazilian with the nickname "Guga" will be sidelined for about a week after injuring his left leg in the Monte Carlo Masters, where he lost in the first round on Monday.

"It's a shame, it would be very special to play in the Barcelona tournament," Kuerten said Wednesday in a statement.

Kuerten's best finishes in Barcelona were the quarterfinals in 2003 and '04. A former No. 1, Kuerten announced his retirement earlier this year because of a chronic hip injury that required surgery in 2002 and '04.