Ferrero announces retirement from tennis
After 14 years as a professional tennis player, Juan Carlos Ferrero has announced that his journey on the ATP Tour will end at the Valencia Open 500.
Ferrero, who won Roland Garros and was number 1 for 8 weeks in 2003, has had lots of trouble with injuries the last few years and his last tournament was in Umag, two month ago.
"The Valencia Open 500 is the best place to retire, the best way to finish," said Ferrero.
The Spaniard said it "has being a difficult year on the court and when you realize that you lack ambition or motivation and desire to win you start thinking about retirement."
In his farewell he wanted to thank many people that supported him during these years.
"My family, my father. Toni (his coach) has been very important to me, he always kept me on the right track, to Samuel Lopez and David Serrahima for being my manager and my friend. Also to the sponsor, the tennis players specially all the Spanish and especially to David Ferrer, I'm very attached to him, and Nico Almagro, who now trains at my tennis academy, I've lived good times with them. "
"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."
"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."
His fellow tennis players left messages about this news on Twitter.
A great moments with Juan Carlos Ferrero! I miss you friend, I hope that you continue in the tennis world! twitter.com/RafaelNadal/st…— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) September 12, 2012
Jc Ferrero nos deja..😢😢😢No te vayas todavia no te vayas x favor q hasta la raqueta mia llora cuando dices adios..— feliciano lopez (@feliciano_lopez) September 12, 2012
Se retira un grande, Juan Carlos Ferrero, gran persona y profesional, toda mi admiracion.— Juan Ignacio Chela (@JuanIChela) September 12, 2012
Gracias a Juan Carlos Ferrero por estos años de tenis y de compañerismo. Uno de mis mejores amigos y del cual he aprendido tanto.— David Ferrer (@DavidFerrer87) September 12, 2012
Te echaremos de menos en el circuito,has sido uno del ls mejores en la historia del tenis pero como persona aun mas. Gracias!!!— David Ferrer (@DavidFerrer87) September 12, 2012