Ferrero to end career at Valencia Open
Originally published on: 12/09/12 00:00
The 32-year-old Spaniard topped the world rankings in 2003, four months after winning his sole career Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, and also counts final appearances at the 2002 year-end finals and at the 2003 US Open – not to mention three Davis Cup triumphs and 16 career titles – amongst his achievements. But hampered by injuries this season, Ferrero admits his desire for the game has wavered as a result.
“This season injuries have prevented me from playing with regularity and it was a tough year as I realised on the court that I did not have the same ambition after 14 years at the top level," said Ferrero, who has slipped to No.111 in the world this year after struggling with injuries and beginning 2012 with a six-match tour losing streak.
"I am starting a new phase in my life with tremendous excitement," continued Ferrero. "I will continue to be involved with tennis through the Valencia Open, the academy, the foundation that carries my name and other projects."
The Spaniard, whose last title came on the clay of Stuttgart in 2011, was a Davis Cup stalwart and counts his performances in the team competition amongst his fondest memories. He played in 17 Davis Cup ties for Spain, compiling an 18-6 record in singles rubbers, and helped his nation to their first victory in the competition in 2000 before subsequent triumphs in 2004 and 2009.
"Among the memories I would pick out the Davis Cup win in 2000, because I understood afterwards how much it meant to the country," said Ferrero, who clinched that victory with a fourth rubber victory over Australia's Lleyton Hewitt.
Current Spanish Davis Cup captain Alex Corretja paid tribute to the departing 32-year-old on twitter, saying: “The most celebrated backhand passing shot in the history of Spanish tennis retires, thanks JC Ferrero for your companionship & friendship.”