Sep 18, 2012
Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero, a former world number one who won the French Open in 2003 but whose career has been hampered by injuries, will retire after playing at his home event next month.
The Valencia Open 500 will be my final tournament, in the best possible scenario," Ferrero told a news conference presenting the ATP event.
"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," added the 32-year-old.
"I am starting a new phase in my life with tremendous excitement, I will continue to be involved with tennis through the Valencia Open, the academy, the foundation that carries my name and other projects."
Ferrero, who has slipped to 111 in the latest singles rankings, turned professional in 1998 and went on to win 15 titles, including the Masters events in Monte Carlo and Rome.
As well as his Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, he reached the final there in 2002 and the U.S. Open final in 2003, after which he rose to number one and stayed there for eight weeks. His last title came in Stuttgart in 2011 on his favoured clay.
Ferrero played in 17 Davis Cup ties for Spain, compiling an 18-6 record in singles rubbers, and helped the Iberian nation to their first triumph in the competition in 2000 and subsequent victories 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 the trophy by beating Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the fourth singles rubber.
"But certainly for a player winning a grand slam or getting to number one in the world is the most important," he added.
"What I will miss most is the competition, it will difficult to fill the void."
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Sep 13, 2012
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Ferrero, 32, said he would retire after the Valencia Open 500 tournament in his home city in eastern Spain from October 20 to 28.
Ferrero, nicknamed "The Mosquito", won the French Open in 2003 and reached the final of the US Open the same year. He won 15 other major tour titles and reached the finals of a further 17.
He has not played for two months due to injury.
"This season, injuries have prevented me from playing continually and it has been a complicated year because I noticed on the court that I did not have the same ambition after 14 years at the top level," he said.
Ferrero in 2003 became the second Spanish player after Carlos Moya to occupy the world No.1 spot, before the rise of Rafael Nadal.
"What I will miss the most is competing. That will be a hard gap to fill," Ferrero said.
Ferrero played in the first Spanish team to win the Davis Cup, beating Australia in Barcelona in 2000, and in Spain's victory over the United States in Seville in 2004.
"Among my memories, the Davis Cup in 2000 stands out because then I understood how important it is for the country, but for a player winning a Grand Slam or becoming world No.1 is the most important," he said.
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