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.).