David Ferrer To Retire From The ATP Circuit in Madrid This Year

Published 02/02/2019, 7:08 AM EST
Champion Ferrer, Paris Masters 2012

The former World Number three from Spain, David Ferrer will be culminating his tennis career this year in the month of May. Ferrer will bid goodbye to tennis in his home country at the Mutua Madrid Open. It’s been nearly two decades for him on the ATP circuit and he won his premier ATP title in 2002 in Bucharest. Besides the ‘Big Three’, he is one of the notable faces in tennis and over the span of 15 years on the ATP circuit, Ferrer has accomplished 27 ATP titles.  In the initial years of his career, he was claimed to be a clay courter. His crowning point in his career was during the Roland Garros 2013, where he reached the finals without dropping a set and also elevated his ranking to number three in the world.

Battle of the Spaniards

Ferrer has spent about 350 weeks within the top ten ATP rankings and his quality tennis adored by a huge number of tennis followers. On the ATP tour, he is one of the most determined, fleet-footed and fit tennis players. His footwork is most consistent from the baseline of the tennis court. Considering his adeptness in tennis and his defensive style of play, his flair in tennis often compared with Lleyton Hewitt’s style of play.  His perseverance in tennis aided him to get better with his game at every stage in his career. His rivalries in tennis are chiefly, Murray, Verdasco, Lopez, Berdych, Wawrinka and Nishikori. Ferrer is one of the key components of Spanish tennis and helped his nation to triumph thrice at Davis Cup (in 2008, 2009, and 2011). Also, the Spaniard stands at the seventh position in terms of all-time highest career prize money earnings, amongst male tennis players.

Davis Cup

Ferrer’s final Grand Slam appearance was drawn to face his fellow national, Rafael Nadal in the first round of the Flushing Meadows tournament.  This year, he retired from the Auckland Classic event in January from the second round and previously he has won the title in Auckland four times. He will be playing a tournament in South America, ATP Buenos Aires and then later he’ll be flying to Mexico for the Mexican Open. He would be seen in action in Barcelona before closing out his thriving ATP reign in the city of Madrid. In Madrid, the Spaniard will be receiving a wild card to participate and for the one last time in the presence of his friends and family, he would be witnessed playing professional tennis. 



Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.