Juan Carlos Ferrero retiring

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  1. Rock Strongo

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    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)
     
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    And another one down an another one down, another one bites the dust.
     
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    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
     
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  4. tacou

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    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
     
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    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.
     
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  6. norbac

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    Too bad injuries plagued him. Loved watching him play. It was great to see him have a renaissance of sorts later in his career.
     
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    It's too bad he never recovered the form of the early 2000s - he was one of my favorites.
     
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  8. NadalAgassi

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    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.
     
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    Sad to see Juan Carlos go...

    Only Hewitt is left from that generation of Major winners, with Roddick, Ferrero, Safin, etc. all gone.
     
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    Federer part of that generation in Age!
     
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    hewitt will be next at AUS
     
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    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.
     
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  13. Cesc Fabregas

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    Great player, could luck in whatever he does next.
     
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    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.
     
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    ^^^ Three Slam finals, actually. FO in 2002 and 2003, USO in 2003.
     
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    Good player, who sustained top play for a few years. Classy guy. Classy announcement. He will be missed on the tour.

    - KK
     
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    Two Davis Cups

    Please add two Davis Cups in 2000 and 2004 to his record.

    Sad to see him retire. Good luck!!
     
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    I hope you're not driving as well.
     
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    I called it yesterday. Now we're waiting for Hewitt's retirement.
     
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    I remember when he beat Rafa in one of the clay masters (Rome?) that was fun...
     
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    That's too bad. I always liked JCF.
     
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    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.
     
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    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...
     
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    He was a very talented player. Can't believe he's only 32.
     
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    I think he is already in his next phase. I remember reading that he owns an academy where Sharapova hits when in Europe.
     
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    Thanks for the correction. I made the mistake of checking Wikipedia for his stats. It omitted the 2002 final! :oops:
     
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    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...............................
     
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  29. NadalAgassi

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    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.
     
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    Sad to see another former Slam champ retire...
     
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    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.
     
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    another one from that generation retiring...man Hewitt and Fed and Nalbandian the three big dogs remaining
     
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    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.
     
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    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).
     
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    One by one they're all on the way out :(
     
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    Good luck to him in whatever he decides to do next. I hear good things about his academy
     
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    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.
     
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    He owns a hotel as well. I might go and stay there next year.
     
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    I might stay there as well, pretend to be dissatisfied, and demand to speak to the owner.
     
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    Sad to see him go, I always like him.
     
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    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.
     
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    One of my all time favorites... Smooth and fast- JCF
     
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    They gave him a moto.

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    VW Scirocco R present for his 30 years birthday :)

    Ferrari 430 present for himself :)

    Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale present for his retirement :)
     
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    he's still in doubles!
     
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    Farewell to the mosquito.
     
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    So, is Verdasco not a friend. Where is he ?
     
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