Spain’s French Open 2003 champion and former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero has confirmed that he will retire shortly after competing at his home event in October.
Ferrero, whose 2012 tennis season has been beset by injuries, spoke during a news conference presenting the Valencia Open 500 event and told press that the tournament will be “my final tournament, in the best possible scenario”.
Speaking about the injuries that have prevented him from “playing with regularity” this year Ferrero realised that he “did not have the same ambition after 14 years at the top level”. Although he will “continue to be involved with tennis through the Valencia Open, the academy, the foundation that carries my name and other projects”, Ferrero has declared that he is excited to be starting a new phase in his life.
Ferrero, who turned professional on 1998, has recently slipped down the singles rankings to 111. Winner of 15 titles, including the Roland Garros and Masters events in Monte Carlo and Rome, he also reached the finals of the French Open and the US Open in 2002 and 2003 respectively and held the top spot for a total of 8 weeks.
Throughout his career Ferrero also played in 17 Davis Cup ties for Span, with an overall 18-6 singles record. Helping the nation win their first victory at the competition in 2000, he was also a key player with subsequent wins in 2004 and 2009. Aware of how “winning a grand slam or getting to number one in the world” is the most important goal for a player, Ferrero’s favourite on court memory is “the Davis Cup win in 2000, because I understood afterwards how much it meant to the country”.