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“He Is Someone I Appreciate”: David Goffin Trains With David Ferrer Ahead of 2022 Season

Published Nov 30, 2021 | 1:00 PM EST

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Five-time ATP title winner David Goffin was forced to sit out for the rest of his 2021 season in September. This was due to a knee injury he had been suffering from, which was causing him significant pain and discomfort.

Goffin’s last appearance on the tennis court was an unceremonious first-round exit in the US Open at the hands of the American Mackenzie McDonald. Looking forward to his return next year, the Belgian trained with former World No. 3, David Ferrer.

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David Goffin trained with David Ferrer in Valencia

David Goffin had announced almost three months ago that he would be exiting the tour for the 2021 season. He had posted a video on his Instagram page, informing fans about the news.

The former World No. 7 recently went to Valencia in order to train alongside Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Andujar. Additionally, he met 27 ATP titles holder David Ferrer during his time there.

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Goffin was all praises for the former World No. 3. He said that Ferrer still hits very well, despite retiring a couple of years ago. Goffin expressed his gratitude at being able to learn from Ferrer, who gave him tips and advice.

“(I trained) with David Ferrer, who gave me some advice. He is someone I appreciate. He is kind and humble,” Goffin said. David also revealed how Ferrer’s presence in Valencia was one of the pull factors for him to Spain.

“Part of it was to see him, and to listen to him, that I went there,” Goffin explained.

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Goffin wants to play for a few more years

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When asked about an update regarding his knee, Goffin revealed that he has been feeling better and will be aiming for a comeback at the start of the 2022 season.

 

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In an interview, Goffin talked about his rehabilitation- “it is clear that all the work that I do, the rehabilitation of the knee, the strengthening, is not for six months,”.

Revealing how he perceives his future in tennis, David Goffin said, “If I took all my time to recover, it was to relaunch myself and still play for four or five years.”

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Hopefully, the Belgian will have learnt a few tricks from the former World No. 3 and will make a strong comeback to the tour in 2022.

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, he admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.
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