Sep 13, 2012
Juan Carlos Ferrero retires from Pro Tennis
We are going to miss Juan Carlos Ferrero. In 2003, you became number 1 in pro tennis. 2012, you leave Pro tennis as legend and friend... We are honored to be part of your team. For all of us you always will be number 1. Thank you....
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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