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Rock Strongo
09-12-2012, 06:38 AM
After Valencia Open next month. Saw it on French Open's Facebook page. (Can't really post a link now because I'm on the phone)

SStrikerR
09-12-2012, 06:44 AM
And another one down an another one down, another one bites the dust.

Sentinel
09-12-2012, 06:48 AM
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_sports/view/1225657/1/.html

MADRID: Former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero will retire from professional tennis in October after a 14-year career in which he won 16 tour titles, he said on Wednesday.

Ferrero, 32, said he would retire after the Valencia Open 500 tournament in his home city in eastern Spain from October 20 to 28, organisers said in a statement.

"The Valencia Open 500 will be my last tournament, on the best stage possible," it quoted Ferrero as saying at the launch of the Valencia event.

Ferrero, nicknamed "The Mosquito", won the French Open in 2003 and reached the final of the US Open the same year. He won 15 other major tour titles and reached the finals of a further 17.

He has not played for two months due to injury.

"This season, injuries have prevented me from playing continually and it has been a complicated year because I noticed on the court that I did not have the same ambition after 14 years at the top level," he said.

Ferrero in 2003 became the second Spanish player after Carlos Moya to occupy the world number one spot, before the rise of Rafael Nadal.

"What I will miss the most is competing. That will be a hard gap to fill," Ferrero said.

Ferrero played in the first Spanish team to win the Davis Cup, beating Australia in Barcelona in 2000, and in Spain's victory over the United States in Seville in 2004.

"Among my memories, the Davis Cup in 2000 stands out because then I understood how important it is for the country, but for a player winning a Grand Slam or becoming world number one is the most important," he said

tacou
09-12-2012, 08:20 AM
can't believe he's getting no love? JCF is one of my favorites. Love his game, sportsmanship and passion. A slam winner and world #1.

He played great in the early/mid-2000s but also had some great performances in recent years. His match vs Monfils at the US Open was a brilliant way to remember him

Mustard
09-12-2012, 08:30 AM
Sad news. Another player of that generation retires. As far as the tennis spotlight goes, Ferrero was a big-time player from the 2000 French Open where he pushed Kuerten to 5 sets, right up until he contracted chicken pox in the spring of 2004. Although Ferrero has had good moments since then, such as playing better on grass than before, he was never the same player he was before.

He will be remembered for winning the 2003 French Open, 2 Monte Carlo titles, a Rome title (beating Kuerten in 5 sets), and winning the Madrid Indoor. He was also runner-up of another French Open (losing to Costa), lost a Masters Cup final in an epic 5-setter against Hewitt, and lost a Hamburg final to dropshot dragon, Portas.

Farewell Juan Carlos.

norbac
09-12-2012, 08:44 AM
Too bad injuries plagued him. Loved watching him play. It was great to see him have a renaissance of sorts later in his career.

Carsomyr
09-12-2012, 08:52 AM
It's too bad he never recovered the form of the early 2000s - he was one of my favorites.

NadalAgassi
09-12-2012, 08:54 AM
It is about time. He has been WAY below his prime level for about 9 years now. Honestly I wondered what was motivating him so long.

BigServer1
09-12-2012, 08:54 AM
Sad to see Juan Carlos go...

Only Hewitt is left from that generation of Major winners, with Roddick, Ferrero, Safin, etc. all gone.

kishnabe
09-12-2012, 09:00 AM
Sad to see Juan Carlos go...

Only Hewitt is left from that generation of Major winners, with Roddick, Ferrero, Safin, etc. all gone.

Federer part of that generation in Age!

rdis10093
09-12-2012, 09:01 AM
hewitt will be next at AUS

Matt H.
09-12-2012, 09:04 AM
i was shocked how he was basically done after 2003.

i think he had some kind of illness start of 2004 and really never recovered to top 10 form.

Cesc Fabregas
09-12-2012, 09:07 AM
Great player, could luck in whatever he does next.

Mainad
09-12-2012, 09:14 AM
He was a class act and will be remembered. Former #1 ranked player. Two Slam finals, won one, lost one. 4 Masters 1000 titles. WTF (equivalent) finalist. 16 tour titles in all.

He and Moya kept Spain at the forefront of world tennis and helped pave the way for Nadal's later dominance.

I expect Davydenko and Hewitt to be not far behind. Maybe even before the season ends.

norbac
09-12-2012, 09:17 AM
^^^ Three Slam finals, actually. FO in 2002 and 2003, USO in 2003.

Kaptain Karl
09-12-2012, 09:21 AM
Good player, who sustained top play for a few years. Classy guy. Classy announcement. He will be missed on the tour.

- KK

ae695
09-12-2012, 09:25 AM
Please add two Davis Cups in 2000 and 2004 to his record.

Sad to see him retire. Good luck!!

jokinla
09-12-2012, 09:33 AM
After Valencia Open next month. Saw it on French Open's Facebook page. (Can't really post a link now because I'm on the phone)

I hope you're not driving as well.

smoledman
09-12-2012, 09:34 AM
I called it yesterday. Now we're waiting for Hewitt's retirement.

Seany
09-12-2012, 09:42 AM
I remember when he beat Rafa in one of the clay masters (Rome?) that was fun...

Retaliation
09-12-2012, 09:54 AM
That's too bad. I always liked JCF.

Mikael
09-12-2012, 11:28 AM
Will be interesting to see who will be the last one from that generation (born in '78-82) to go. Safin, Ljubicic, Roddick, Gonzalez and Ferrero are out.

There's a surprising amount of them still competing considering the youngest are already 30:

Nalbandian, Hewitt, Malisse, Youzhny, Haas, Blake, Ferrer, Mathieu, Davydenko, Robredo, Karlovic, Nieminen, Stepanek, Lopez and of course Federer...

I think Blake, Hewitt, Nalbandian, Davydenko and Nieminen will call it quits before the end of 2013.

The rest I'm not so sure about... but something tells me Federer will be the last one standing.

Seany
09-12-2012, 11:53 AM
Will be interesting to see who will be the last one from that generation (born in '78-82) to go. Safin, Ljubicic, Roddick, Gonzalez and Ferrero are out.

There's a surprising amount of them still competing considering the youngest are already 30:

Nalbandian, Hewitt, Malisse, Youzhny, Haas, Blake, Ferrer, Mathieu, Davydenko, Robredo, Karlovic, Nieminen, Stepanek, Lopez and of course Federer...

I think Blake, Hewitt, Nalbandian, Davydenko and Nieminen will call it quits before the end of 2013.

The rest I'm not so sure about... but something tells me Federer will be the last one standing.

Isn't it funny that in 5-7 years time we will be saying the same things but instead the list will be Murray, Djokovic, Berdych, Delpotro etc...

NJ1
09-12-2012, 11:56 AM
He was a very talented player. Can't believe he's only 32.

sureshs
09-12-2012, 12:28 PM
Great player, could luck in whatever he does next.

I think he is already in his next phase. I remember reading that he owns an academy where Sharapova hits when in Europe.

Mainad
09-12-2012, 12:42 PM
^^^ Three Slam finals, actually. FO in 2002 and 2003, USO in 2003.

Thanks for the correction. I made the mistake of checking Wikipedia for his stats. It omitted the 2002 final! :oops:

underground
09-12-2012, 12:46 PM
Sad times. We had 4 different slam winners in 2003, now 3 of them will be retired by the end of the year, wonder when the 4th will do so as well...............................

Rock Strongo
09-12-2012, 01:00 PM
I hope you're not driving as well.

I haven't yet got a driving license. I just really couldn't be bothered to turn on my computer as I was going to leave the house right after.

NadalAgassi
09-12-2012, 01:03 PM
Will be interesting to see who will be the last one from that generation (born in '78-82) to go. Safin, Ljubicic, Roddick, Gonzalez and Ferrero are out.

There's a surprising amount of them still competing considering the youngest are already 30:

Nalbandian, Hewitt, Malisse, Youzhny, Haas, Blake, Ferrer, Mathieu, Davydenko, Robredo, Karlovic, Nieminen, Stepanek, Lopez and of course Federer...

I think Blake, Hewitt, Nalbandian, Davydenko and Nieminen will call it quits before the end of 2013.

The rest I'm not so sure about... but something tells me Federer will be the last one standing.

I think Federer's goal is the 2016 Olympic year. I think that is the year he will retire which could make him the last one standing. Even then I wouldnt be entirely sure. Ferrer seems able to go on forever, he is playing his best tennis of his life at 30, even if still not good enough to ever win a slam probably. I think it will be one of those two.

TennisA
09-12-2012, 01:17 PM
Sad to see another former Slam champ retire...

DavidGarcia
09-12-2012, 01:30 PM
I started watching tennis with the generation before Ferrero. Then when he came on the scene I became a fan of him. He would have been a real challenger to Nadal on clay had he not got ill in 2004.
A classy player who never had a single incident of bad sportsmanship on a tennis court.
Wish him the best in the future in whatever he is involved.

forzamilan90
09-12-2012, 01:35 PM
another one from that generation retiring...man Hewitt and Fed and Nalbandian the three big dogs remaining

Down_the_line
09-12-2012, 01:59 PM
So strange. It feels like not too long ago he was in his prime and part of the best crop of tennis players in the world. I first started watching tennis when he lost in the 2002 French Open final to Albert Costa. It was cool to see him come back and win it the following year.

mattennis
09-12-2012, 02:30 PM
Wish him all the best. A gentleman, a very laid back guy, very nice guy.

He was nº5 Year-End in 2001 (won Rome and runner-up in Hamburg, that year, among other things like SF at RG), nº4 Year-End in 2002 ( runner-up in RG, won Monte Carlo and runner-up in the WTF among other things), and nº3 Year-End in 2003 (was nº1 for 8 weeks, won RG, runner-up at the US OPEN, QF at the Autralian Open, won Monte Carlo again, won M-1000 Madrid indoor...).

At the beginning of 2004, he played the SF at the Australian Open against Federer (would have come back to nº1 had he won this match, but Federer won the match getting to the nº1 spot for the very first time) and you could see him with some physical problems already there.

He then lost the final in Rotterdam indoor against Hewitt in a very close match (he was close to the nº1 spot again), and everybody thought of him as one of the three players that would fight for the nº1 spot through all that year, along with Federer and Roddick.

But he got chiken-pox during Spring season, tried to push and come back perhaps too early, did poorly in RG, WB and the US OPEN, changed his racquet in Autumn and nothing went well after that anymore, falling to 80-something in the rankings at the beginning of 2005.

He was still only 25 years old, and many (myself included) thought he would come back to the top-5 eventually, but he didn't.

He never got back to that level anymore. He reached two WB QF as his best Slams performances but ironically he never reached even R16 of the French Open again.

He stayed some time in the 10-15 ranking spots here and there in different years but he was not the same player and could not enter the top-5 again.

He was plagued with injuries and ailments and could not play one or two entire seasons without physical problems.

Curiously enough, I think young Nadal's amazing burst onto scene in 2005 rising to nº2 in the world put even more pressure on Juan Carlos to recover his top level as soon as posible and be the "nº1 Spanish player again", but he couldn't and during some years it looked as if he (JCF) didn't like it very much (the sudden rise to the very top of that very young majorcan player and how all the media in Spain almost only talked about Nadal and little else about the rest of Spanish players).

Hewitt, Ferrero, Safin....great players that had their careers strongly affected by physical problems after the age of 25 or 26 (like many others in the past).

ibbi
09-12-2012, 02:33 PM
One by one they're all on the way out :(

rainingaces
09-12-2012, 02:34 PM
Good luck to him in whatever he decides to do next. I hear good things about his academy

Mustard
09-12-2012, 02:46 PM
I should also mention another great Ferrero match. His 2003 French Open quarter final against Fernando Gonzalez in the "battle of the forehands". Ferrero won 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.

Cesc Fabregas
09-12-2012, 02:56 PM
I think he is already in his next phase. I remember reading that he owns an academy where Sharapova hits when in Europe.

He owns a hotel as well. I might go and stay there next year.

Fee
09-12-2012, 03:54 PM
Somebody on this forum called this about a month ago, let me see if I can find the post.

tacou
09-12-2012, 04:39 PM
He owns a hotel as well. I might go and stay there next year.

I might stay there as well, pretend to be dissatisfied, and demand to speak to the owner.

Bjorn99
09-12-2012, 07:37 PM
Most tennis players get these puppies from all the traveling and poorly prepared foods in all the different countries they frequent. And it shows up as mono, back pain etc.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZfrkN8fq1Q&feature=fvwrel

CMM
10-24-2012, 12:07 PM
http://www.valenciaopen500.com/images/fotos/foto_2410195552168.JPG

http://www.valenciaopen500.com/images/fotos/foto_2410195909184.JPG

http://www.valenciaopen500.com/images/fotos/foto_2410195955129.JPG

http://www.valenciaopen500.com/images/fotos/foto_2410193726191.JPG

smoledman
10-24-2012, 01:14 PM
Sad to see him go, I always like him.

kevo82
10-24-2012, 02:00 PM
He was my idol. Because of him I learned spanish and I left to Spain to study in Alicante University and train at his academy in Villena.

I met him and his phisio, Victor Muñoz, who was calling me Ferrero because I look alike and I had the same haircut and hair colour as Juan Carlos :)

I can't believe that I wasn't in Valencia this week, for his retirement, the same way I have done for Marat Safin in Paris Bercy 2009.

He will allways be my favourite player and I thank him for all the moments of inspiration, from 1999, when I have seen him playing for the first time.

Thank you for the beautiful tennis, Davis Cup 2000 final, Roland Garros 2000-2001 semi finals and 2002-2003 finals, USO 2003 final, 2002 Masters Cup in Shanghai vs Lleyton Hewitt, and every match that you played.

Te echaré de menos Juan Carlos.

kalic
10-25-2012, 01:11 AM
One of my all time favorites... Smooth and fast- JCF

CMM
10-25-2012, 01:33 AM
http://pbs.twimg.com/media/A6AQK4uCcAATTsi.jpg


They gave him a moto.

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/A6AYjtZCUAAxa0n.jpg

http://i45.tinypic.com/5ulm4n.jpg

kevo82
10-25-2012, 01:50 AM
VW Scirocco R present for his 30 years birthday :)

Ferrari 430 present for himself :)

Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale present for his retirement :)

tacou
10-25-2012, 06:59 AM
he's still in doubles!

Mustard
10-25-2012, 08:29 AM
Farewell to the mosquito.

beast of mallorca
10-25-2012, 08:43 AM
So, is Verdasco not a friend. Where is he ?

zagor
10-25-2012, 09:30 AM
New balls generation falling one by one, sad to see him go, a great player at his best and an all around classy guy.

namelessone
10-25-2012, 09:32 AM
What can I say about Ferrero, he was a great player to watch, quite graceful and one of the few veterans that could still cut it on tour(at least on clay in his last years).

Now that he is gone along with Roddick, I expect Hewitt to retire next year as well. So from the "new balls", we will be left with Fed,Nalby and Haas and I doubt the last 2 have many years on tour as well.

Davydenko is also old yet for some reason, I don't see him retiring anytime soon. Gotta get money for wife as he would say.

CMM
10-25-2012, 12:45 PM
So, is Verdasco not a friend. Where is he ?

I think he was playing the match against Cilic, but I'm not sure.

beast of mallorca
10-25-2012, 12:49 PM
I think he was playing the match against Cilic, but I'm not sure.

Thank you CMM for all the pictures u've been posting.

bezs
10-26-2012, 05:34 AM
Tribute video on the ATP site.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/Uploaded/2012/10/22/ATP-World-Tour-Uncovered-Juan-Carlos-Ferrero-Tribute.aspx

Ms Nadal
10-26-2012, 06:16 AM
Bye Ferrero. He was a real nice guy. I wish him all the best in his future life after tennis :)

babbette
10-26-2012, 09:10 AM
This made me sad. He was the first player I began to follow and always felt sense of sadness he was somewhat forgotten/overshadowed by Rafa. Thanks for the memories JC. Enjoy retirement : (
All the favourites of the decade are starting to go. I better start enjoying some new guys. :cry:

Ms Nadal
10-26-2012, 09:15 AM
This made me sad. He was the first player I began to follow and always felt sense of sadness he was somewhat forgotten/overshadowed by Rafa. Thanks for the memories JC. Enjoy retirement : (
All the favourites of the decade are starting to go. I better start enjoying some new guys. :cry:

Yes, you better start enjoy following some of the new guys. But, I am not liking the new generation :(. Let's hope some new guys turn up next year.

sonicare
10-26-2012, 09:57 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEke8TN-6as

is one of the best ball stricking i have ever seen. i remember this match. it was really tight

TTMR
10-26-2012, 04:41 PM
I still haven't been able to forgive Ferrero for not beating Roddick at the 2003 USO, fatigue notwithstanding. Another victim of Super Saturday. His 2003 would be viewed in a much different light had he won that match.

Hasta luego, JCF.

Clarky21
10-26-2012, 04:49 PM
This made me sad. He was the first player I began to follow and always felt sense of sadness he was somewhat forgotten/overshadowed by Rafa. Thanks for the memories JC. Enjoy retirement : (
All the favourites of the decade are starting to go. I better start enjoying some new guys. :cry:


True,but there isn't really anyone new that I like. With Nadal retired,I have been rooting for Murray,but I would like a new favorite that is actually new.

Gonzo_style
10-26-2012, 05:30 PM
True,but there isn't really anyone new that I like. With Nadal retired,I have been rooting for Murray,but I would like a new favorite that is actually new.

He's not retired yet!

Clarky21
10-26-2012, 05:46 PM
He's not retired yet!



We'll see.

Sabratha
10-27-2012, 04:17 AM
It's sad to see this guy leave.

vive le beau jeu !
10-27-2012, 04:41 AM
a classy player... enjoy your retirement, JCF ! :)
(he can still win the double tournament to end on a high note, by the way !)

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/A6AQK4uCcAATTsi.jpg

let's hope the nadal quickly finds some inspiration from this... it would mean so much more time for fishing, playing poker, golf, cooking, etc. :)

Ms Nadal
10-27-2012, 05:43 AM
I hope that Rafa isn't going to be next!! God , please make Rafa come back!!. The longer he is away the more I think that he will not return.

Sabratha
10-27-2012, 05:47 AM
Nadal is #4 in the world and the current Roland Garros champion, he isn't going anywhere.

Ms Nadal
10-27-2012, 05:49 AM
Nadal is #4 in the world and the current Roland Garros champion, he isn't going anywhere.

I really hope you are right!! Until I see Rafa back playing I am going to have my doubts. I hope that I am worrying my little head about nothing.

tacou
10-27-2012, 09:02 AM
meanwhile JCF is in the doubles semis with Ferrer

NDFM
10-27-2012, 09:19 AM
Winning the doubles would be a great way to end his tennis career

Paul Murphy
10-29-2012, 04:20 PM
Nice stuff from Lleyton ....

From Tennis.com: Lleyton Hewitt had never played in Valencia until this year, when he made the trip solely out of affection and respect for fellow former Grand Slam champion and ATP No. 1, Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero. He made the trip because Ferrero, a partner in the Valencia tournament, was going into retirement after his final match in this year’s event.

During a ceremony honoring Ferrero, Hewitt spoke: “It’s been an absolute privilege to be here this week in Juan Carlos’ home town. He has been trying to get me here to Valencia for a long time and really the only reason I’m here is to honour you this week.

“For me, it is a very special time, we grew up playing together and we have had some of our biggest highs and biggest lows against each other on the other side of the net. Obviously in Grand Slams, Davis Cups, and fighting for world No. 1 at different times. I would love to call you one of my great mates on tour, so thank you for all the memories, thanks mate.”

Aw, Rusty, that’s so sincere (in your typical awkward way) that it’s almost enough to make me tear up. And did you see that Hewitt’s loyalty to his one-time rival was rewarded with a first-round win over No. 10 Juan Monaco?

beast of mallorca
10-29-2012, 04:41 PM
Nice stuff from Lleyton ....

From Tennis.com: Lleyton Hewitt had never played in Valencia until this year, when he made the trip solely out of affection and respect for fellow former Grand Slam champion and ATP No. 1, Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero. He made the trip because Ferrero, a partner in the Valencia tournament, was going into retirement after his final match in this year’s event.

During a ceremony honoring Ferrero, Hewitt spoke: “It’s been an absolute privilege to be here this week in Juan Carlos’ home town. He has been trying to get me here to Valencia for a long time and really the only reason I’m here is to honour you this week.

“For me, it is a very special time, we grew up playing together and we have had some of our biggest highs and biggest lows against each other on the other side of the net. Obviously in Grand Slams, Davis Cups, and fighting for world No. 1 at different times. I would love to call you one of my great mates on tour, so thank you for all the memories, thanks mate.”

Aw, Rusty, that’s so sincere (in your typical awkward way) that it’s almost enough to make me tear up. And did you see that Hewitt’s loyalty to his one-time rival was rewarded with a first-round win over No. 10 Juan Monaco?

Don't like him, but have to agree. It was a very nice gesture from Hewitt. Kudos to you rusty. Hope the other Great players of your generation will do the same thing for you once it's time to call it quits

kiki
10-29-2012, 04:46 PM
Ferrero is a minor champion
He won his slam vs a weak opponent, crazy Verkert and lost to Costa, on clay and to Roddick on hard.Roddick is a tough one at Flushing but Costa, he was supossed to beat him easily and got clobbered and baggeled.A good clay courter but not a true great champion.

Prisoner of Birth
10-29-2012, 04:49 PM
Ferrero is a minor champion
He won his slam vs a weak opponent, crazy Verkert and lost to Costa, on clay and to Roddick on hard.Roddick is a tough one at Flushing but Costa, he was supossed to beat him easily and got clobbered and baggeled.A good clay courter but not a true great champion.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c11/miabiboy_14/ShutUpGovernator.gif

kiki
10-29-2012, 04:54 PM
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c11/miabiboy_14/ShutUpGovernator.gif

Only in a weak era is JCF praised as a great one.Thank you for your attention.