David Ferrer is Retiring :(

haqq777

Legend
Just saw this:

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Really loved Ferrer's tenacity and work ethic. Was in a slump since he switched to Babs and then back to his Wilson - and couldn't break the big guys even in his prime because of lack of weapons, but still, very endearing. I will miss him on tour.

https://twitter.com/ArashMadani/status/1026594029008384001?s=19
 

Red Rick

Bionic Poster
Djok and Rafa fans should take note of the number of players falling by the wayside once they hit 34/35. Don't think that just because Fed is going strong at 36/37, Djokodal will do the same.
Don't worry

I'm just sitting here being intensely butthurt cause Roddick running on fumes at 29 and made it about 5 days across the 30 year barrier.
 

tennisaddict

Bionic Poster
I'm starting to think Djokovic will have better longevity than the both of them.

It is possible but what people should realize is not to draw a trend. It could just be Fed and Djoker are exceptions.

It is clear to me that at 34/35 things spiral down quite fast - Ferrer, Youzhny, Felix and injured Haas/Hewitt to some extent
 
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Chadillac

Guest
Really like david. One of the best sportsman on the tour, he was happy for his opponent when he lost this week, wasnt faking it like others.

I thought he was going to retire this year, guess wada didnt put cigarettes on the ped list (wada logic, go figure) like they said they were.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Just saw this:

WtQqONU.jpg


Really loved Ferrer's tenacity and work ethic. Was in a slump since he switched to Babs and then back to his Wilson - and couldn't break the big guys even in his prime because of lack of weapons, but still, very endearing. I will miss him on tour.

https://twitter.com/ArashMadani/status/1026594029008384001?s=19
This is the first top player I've truly seen come and go. I started watching in 08, watched Ferrer rise through the ranks with his unyielding work ethic and courage to compete among giants, carving out a name for himself in the Golden Age of tennis. With the exception of Soderling (which doesn't really count since his career ended at the high point), this is the first big name, whom I've had the privilege of seeing their rise to the top, to retire.
 

haqq777

Legend
This is the first top player I've truly seen come and go. I started watching in 08, watched Ferrer rise through the ranks with his unyielding work ethic and courage to compete among giants, carving out a name for himself in the Golden Age of tennis. With the exception of Soderling (which doesn't really count since his career ended at the high point), this is the first big name, whom I've had the privilege of seeing their rise to the top, to retire.
Makes me feel older than I am :( (I am just a year younger than Ferrer).
 

Bukowski

Professional
To be expected given his results the past year or so. Surprised he made it as far up the ranks as he did. I remember him as just another grinder in 2005 with some close matches against Nadal, Roddick and that hilarious Mallisee incident in Miami that year. But he really declared himself an all surface player as the years went on with some deep Wimby runs, that grind fest against Nadal in '07 at the US Open, as well as the WTF finals result. I don't know what happened to his serve that last couple years but it really seemed to have gotten worse. Definitely set an example with amazing fitness.
 

tennis_pro

Bionic Poster
36 years old, really fell off a clif in the last year or so so this is expected.

If Kyrgios had 1/10 of the dedication Ferrer has he'd be a Slam champion by now.
 

reaper

Legend
Youzhny announced retirement end of last month too. Muller before that. Have a feeling we will see more names soon. We are witnessing an entire life cycle of a generation, folk.

There are plenty of other candidates: Gasquet, Tsonga, Berdych, Lopez, Kohlschreiber, Verdasco, Wawrinka and Murray to name a few.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Will be really sad to see Daveed go. He has been a top 10 fixture for many years and was better than everybody else on tour save for the Big 4. However he is no longer getting past the early rounds in any event he enters and his ranking is plummetting ever lower. He has not been able to reverse this trend so it looks like he is making the only sensible decision he can at this point. He is now 36 years old.

Wonder why he has selected the US Open as his last Slam of choice though? If he plans to go as far as Madrid or Barcelona next year why not one more stab at the Australian Open in the meantime?
 

True Fanerer

G.O.A.T.
Whenever it ends for him I hope it's a good match for him and everyone that gets to see it. Hate to see a straight sets beating. An added story line for UO announcing it like this. Would be good to see the fans get behind him. Best of luck David.
 

reaper

Legend
Will be really sad to see Daveed go. He has been a top 10 fixture for many years and was better than everybody else on tour save for the Big 4. However he is no longer getting past the early rounds in any event he enters and his ranking is plummetting ever lower. He has not been able to reverse this trend so it looks like he is making the only sensible decision he can at this point. He is now 36 years old.

Wonder why he has selected the US Open as his last Slam of choice though? If he plans to go as far as Madrid or Barcelona next year why not one more stab at the Australian Open in the meantime?

Probably playing his last match in Spain for sentimental reasons but effectively retiring at the USO and has no intention of training over the Christmas period to be in shape for the AO.
 

tennisaddict

Bionic Poster
Will be really sad to see Daveed go. He has been a top 10 fixture for many years and was better than everybody else on tour save for the Big 4. However he is no longer getting past the early rounds in any event he enters and his ranking is plummetting ever lower. He has not been able to reverse this trend so it looks like he is making the only sensible decision he can at this point. He is now 36 years old.

Wonder why he has selected the US Open as his last Slam of choice though? If he plans to go as far as Madrid or Barcelona next year why not one more stab at the Australian Open in the meantime?

I think he is not going to skip after USO. Madrid and Barcelona are more like the farewell matches.
 

Nadalgaenger

G.O.A.T.
Biological Passport finally caught up to him.

JK

He’s a great player who represents true grit on the court. Let’s hope he can make a good run at one of the tournaments before he hangs it up.
 

IowaGuy

Hall of Fame
It is possible but what people should realize is not to draw a trend. It could just be Fed and Djoker are exceptions.

It is clear to me that at 34/35 things spiral down quite fast - Ferrer, Youzhny, Felix and injured Haas/Hewitt to some extent

Add Agassi to the post-34/35 spiral down list...
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
He beat Benneteau at the French Open this year but he isn’t retiring until later this year at the Paris Masters I believe.

He said that last year's Paris Masters would be his last appearance there so, unless he has changed his mind, I'm guessing he will call it quits after the US Open (although I had expected him to bow out at Roland Garros).
 

haqq777

Legend
He said that last year's Paris Masters would be his last appearance there so, unless he has changed his mind, I'm guessing he will call it quits after the US Open (although I had expected him to bow out at Roland Garros).
Yep. I was half expecting it to be this RG myself given his slump in form. I still remember an interview last year when someone was asked how they felt about Ferrer being unseeded and the reply was something along the lines of how no one wants that (face him in R1) because everyone on tour knows he will fight till the end. I figured biggest clay slam would be his last. Great warrior.
 

NoleFam

Bionic Poster
This actually makes me sad. End of an era. :( A lot of posters on here trolled him hard when he was top 10 and top 5 in the world and saying because he was 33 that it was a weak era, yadda yadda, etc. Now, everything has changed and he's ready to hang it up. You better appreciate these players while they are still around and playing well because once their level drops for the last time and they leave, that's it.
 
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zep

Hall of Fame
Great career, maximized his talent, would have won a slam or two in a transition era like Hewitt did. He was essentially a slightly inferior version of Hewitt, no major weapons but overall a solid counter-puncher and a big heart.
 
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