Oct 25, 2012

Ceremony of JC Fererro retirement.


Video ceremony of JC Fererro retirement from professional ATP tour. 
We are going to miss you. All the best in future Juan Carlos Ferrero

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Oct 24, 2012

About JC Ferrero ATP

Juan Carlos Ferrero always appeared to be a sportsman fashioned in a bygone era. By nature of his personality, he let his tennis do the talking, remaining intensely private and loyal to those he trusted.

Determined to become a champion, working diligently to fine-tune his natural abilities – particularly on clay courts – in a disciplined yet understated manner, Ferrero never boasted about his greatness. Always charming, humble and stylish throughout his career, it wasn't in his nature to be a crowd-pleaser. His mother, Rosario, never approved of tennis players who were too exuberant. When she died in 1998, two years after Ferrero had left Onteniente to join Antonio Martinez at the Villena Tennis Academy, the 17 year old became withdrawn and resolved to dedicate wholeheartedly to professional tennis in her honour.

Having finished runner-up to Fernando Gonzalez at the 1998 Roland Garros juniors, it was clear he was going to be something very special, when, in the following year, Ferrero was named ATP Newcomer of the Year after rocketing up a colossal 302 places in the South African Airways ATP Rankings to World No. 43. Twelve months later, he helped Spain capture its first Davis Cup title and for four seasons he was the man to beat on clay.

Between 2000 and 2003, he compiled a 111-25 match record on red dirt – winning three of his four ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies – and went 23-2 at Roland Garros, where he finished runner-up in 2002 and captured the 2003 crown.
Seemingly, each year, he upgraded all aspects of his game – especially his serve and forehand. Without losing his agility, he played with great subtlety and deceptive power in order to consistently outclass Gustavo Kuerten and countrymen Alex Corretja, Albert Costa and Carlos Moya on clay courts. With men's professional tennis evolving at the start of the 21st century, El Mosquito's slight stature, speed, finesse and ability to conjure winning strokes from nothing delighted the purists and his willingness to improve on other surfaces was rewarded by a rise to the pinnacle of the sport.

Just three months after expectation became reality, when Ferrero beat Dutchman Martin Verkerk 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 for his lone Grand Slam championship title in Paris, the 23-year-old became World No. 1 on 8 September 2003, replacing Andre Agassi. Ferrero reigned for eight weeks until Andy Roddick, his conqueror, 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3, in the US Open final, unseated him.

By example, he inspired a future generation of Spanish talent, including David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal. Ferrer exclusively told ATPWorldTour.com, "Juan Carlos has been a very important player for Spanish tennis. He was World No. 1, he was the one who won the third point when Spain first won the Davis Cup and opened the way for many more players to follow and more Davis Cup victories of our country. He was and is my best friend on the tour. He's a person that is very close to me and a friend of many friends of mine. He’s a very humble and noble person."

In total, he spent 176 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings until 13 September 2004 when injuries and loss of form took their toll. Headstrong, possessing an iron will, his love for the sport never faltered as he worked hard to return to the highest level. In 2009, he broke a 110-tournament title drought by clinching his 16th tour-level trophy at Casablanca and the following year, during the golden swing of Latin American tournaments, Ferrero produced a series of vintage performances in compiling a 14-1 record to return to the Top 20. Overall, he was 16-18 in finals.

Away from the spotlight, Ferrero eschewed a millionaire's lifestyle of a mansion on the Mediterranean coast and still resides at the academy, which harnessed his dreams as a teenager, playing golf and pursuing his passion for cars and bikes. With Martinez, his coach since 1989, he wisely looked to life outside of professional tennis while at the peak of his career by investing in a number of projects.

At 32, Ferrero is calling time on his career, highly motivated to succeed in sporting retirement with the La Fundación de la Comunidad Valenciana Juan Carlos Ferrero, which promotes sports for youth in and around Valencia, and the 12-suite Hotel Ferrero in Bocairente that he developed in July 2007, plus as joint-owner of the Valencia Open 500, an ATP World Tour 500 tournament each October.

Roddick, who retired at the US Open in September, paid tribute to Ferrero by admitting to ATPWorldTour.com, "I have a huge amount of respect for him and enjoyed being on the tour with him for so long. He always acted with great professionalism and earned the respect of his peers throughout his distinguished career."   

Ferrero Reflects On Emotional Exit In Valencia ATP

Juan Carlos Ferrero reflected on a "very emotional week" following his first-round loss to close friend and countryman Nicolas Almagro on Tuesday at the Valencia Open 500. Defeat marked the end of the 32 year old’s 14-year career on the ATP World Tour. Ferrero cried as he received a standing ovation on court at the Agora Building.

"This is a very special week, a very emotional week," said Ferrero. "Today on court it was very emotional, but it’s been very emotional since the tournament started.

"There were two sides of the coin to playing against Nico," continued the Villena native, who had trained hard in the lead up to Valencia and was hoping to win one or two matches before bowing out.

"When I first saw the draw, I was really not happy because he was one of the few players I didn’t want to play. We’re best friends, we practise together, and Nico is also trying to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. I was really not happy, but then, the nice side of it is that I played my last match against a very important person for me, a great friend."

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He may be hanging up his racquet, but Ferrero still intends to stay involved in the tennis world. As well as running his academy, the Juan Carlos Ferrero – Equelite in Villena, the Spaniard revealed he may take up a coaching role with Almagro next season.

"There’s a good chance that I will be travelling with Nico to a few tournaments next year, maybe as a coach. It was nice to play my last match against him," said Ferrero, who was joined in his press conference by Almagro.

"I’ve always been a very competitive person and a winner, and I felt like I didn’t have it within me anymore," explained the 2003 Roland Garros champion, who reached No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings in September 2003. "It takes a lot to keep up with what the level is. I could probably still be around for some time, but because I’ve always been a perfectionist, I want to stop now."

Ferrero is set to compete in the doubles with David Ferrer on Wednesday afternoon. The pair faces Carlos Berlocq and Alexandr Dolgopolov. Later in the day, there will be an official send-off for Ferrero, featuring the likes of Rafael Nadal, Alex Corretja, Carlos Moya, Albert Costa and golfer Sergio Garcia.

Tribute for a champion JC Ferrero.

 Juan Carlos Ferrero will live on Wednesday a very special day, after his doubles match, he will receive a tribute for such an amazing career. A lot of friends will be there: Rafa Nadal, Alex Corretja, Carlos Moya, Albert Costa, Sergio Garcia or Sete Gibernau are some them.

The match before the tribute will be special as well because it is the first time he play doubles with his friend David Ferrer. Once the match ends, the crowd will say “thanks and see you soon” to Ferrero. The Spaniard doesn’t know what will happen there.
Everyone with a ticket could be at the tribute, the tickets permits the entrance to the Agora Stadium for the whole session, tribute included.

We are going to miss you JC Ferrero


Juan Carlos Ferrero fought hard but Nicolas Almagro won 7-5, 6-3
The Agora was the place where Juan Carlos Ferrero played his last individual match. He did his best but Nicolas Almagro who is trying to get a place for the Masters Cup in London, was too much. The score, 7-5, 6-3 shows the match was not easy for “Nico”.
It has been a very nice day” said Ferrero after the match. On court, Ferrero felt “the love of the crowd”. During the press conference, he announced that “maybe I will play some doubles tournament, just to have fun”. Regarding his opponent, Ferrero was honored to be defeated by a friend.

Talking about the highlights of his career, he pointed the first Davis Cup title, the victory in Roland Garros and the moment when he became number one. His coach, Antonio Martinez Cascales added the world championship when he was 14 and the first title after a serious injury.
When Almagro won, it was clear that this was not a normal match. Ferrero started to cry but with a smile in his face. When he was ready he said some words to the crowd. “He said just a few words but they came from the heart” claimed Almagro.
At the press conference Almagro added "this was the bitterest victory of my career” and in his opinion Ferrero is still a high class, “after this match, I will keep on playing but I respect his decision”
On second round Almagro will face Sam Querrey, they have played four times, last one during the David Cup semifinal.

Oct 22, 2012

Let the show begin!

A large list of tennis players were today at the “Media Day”, the traditional informal meeting for press and players. Juan Carlos Ferrero, David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, Milos Raonic, John Isner, Lleyton Hewitt, Feliciano López, Albert Ramos, Fernando Verdasco, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Marcel Granollers were together for a photo session. After the photo, Juan Carlos Ferrero explained his feelings before this special tournament, “I feel nervous” said Ferrero but “I wanna live the moment” and “do my best” on the court.

Juan Carlos Ferrero will face Nicolás Almagro on the first round. “It will be a very special match” pointed the former world number one. Ferrero will live “his” moment on Wednesday, after the doubles match with his friend David Ferrer; Valencia Open 500 and ATP are organizing a tribute but “I don’t know very much about what will happen” revealed Juan Carlos.
Valencia Open 500 is a very special tournament for the Spaniard, at home, with all his family and friends… at the end of the season… A special event for him but also for all the Spanish tennis players.
Regarding his future, he likes to be coach and he would be happy to be capitan of the Spanish Davis Cup team.
Marcel Granollers, last Valencia Open 500 champion, declares he admires Juan Carlos “I grow up watching all the big Ferrero’s triumphs and it’s so sad to say goodbye”. Because “he is one of my favorite players”.."
David Ferrer, his best year
1 Top Seed of the tournament, David Ferrer, is ready to show his best tennis in Valencia. Regarding his colleague and friend, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Ferrer says "he is one of the best Spanish players in history." The number 5 ranking considers 2012 “my best year” and he want to play at home and give his best on court “there’s always preassure when you play at home… for your people”. The tournament will not be easy for him; the draw is full of great competitors in his opinion.
Valencia Open 500 will have the Hawk Eye for the first time and David thinks a tournament as big as Valencia “must have it”.
This event is just the beginning, today Marin Cilic will face Martin Klizan it is the first match of the first round. Marin Cilic will show his tennis after his good scores on the last tournaments, quarterfinals on US Open, Shanghai and Cincinnati.
Order of play: Tuesday 23rd
The order of play for Tuesday 23rd will be announced during Monday evening but, probably, David Ferrer will play his first round match on the second turn at the Agora (15:00pm approx.) and after this match, Juan Carlos Ferrero will face Nicolás Almagro (17:00pm approx.).

Oct 3, 2012

JC Ferrero is getting ready for big week at the Valencia Open

The last tournament to feature the former world number one will be paying homage to the player on the courts as wellas in the FUN PARK.
Rafa Nadal ,Àlex Corretja, Albert Costa, Carlos Moyà and Sergio García have already confirmed they will be coming to Valencia to take part in the homage.
During the week of the tournament, from 20 to 28 October, a series of activities will be taking place to pay homage to the professional career of the Ontiñent native, one of the most highly regarded players not only in the Valencian Community but also in the rest of Spain and, indeed, the world. Some of these events will be attended by famous names in the world of tennis from every generation, era and nationality. Rafael Nadal, former players ÁlexCorretja, Carlos Moyàand Albert Costa and golfer Sergio García are the first names to be confirmed from among the galaxy of stars who will be at the City of Arts and Sciences during the course of the Valencia Open 500 2012. All the fans attending the matches in the Agora or Court 1 in the City of Arts and Sciences, or following the tournament on Facebook and Twitter will also be able to pay tribute to the Valencian player. Don’t forget that entrance to the FUN PARK – the leisure, shopping and restaurant zone of the tournament – will be free again this year, and you only need a ticket to access the courts.

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