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‘This Journey Of My Life Is Coming To An End’ – David Ferrer Addresses Retirement Talk

The Spanish veteran has spoken about his future on the tour.

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Former French Open finalist David Ferrer admits that he now plays tennis ‘without expectations’ as he indicates a potential retirement from the sport by next year.

 

The 36-year-old has fuelled speculation about his future during what has been a roller-coaster 2018 for him. Ferrer has only managed to win nine matches this year and hasn’t achieved back-to-back victories since the Auckland Open in January. In May Ferrer welcomed his first child and openly admits that he finds it difficult to cope with parenthood whilst on the tour. This week is the first time Ferrer has dropped out of the world’s top 60 since 2004.

“Being a father is very nice, a very good feeling, but it also has its bad sides. I am very amused that many parents just talk about the loveliness. It is also hard and sacrificial, especially at this level.” He said during an interview with El Espanol on May 28th.

On Thursday Ferrer spoke about his future during an interview with Spanish radio sports show El Larguero. Openly admitting that there is ‘no doubt’ that his career is coming to an end. Ferrer has won 27 titles on the ATP Tour and has played in 62 grand slam main draws. He also helped Spain win the Davis cup title in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

“A part of me is leaving, now I play without expectations, I notice that this journey of my life is coming to an end.” Ferrer told El Larguero.

It now appears that the Spaniard is in the process of gradually winding up his career. Revealing that he is concerned about the state of his Achilles. No retirement date has been set, but it appears that he could occur during the European clay court swing in 2019.

“Next year I’ll play some invitational tournaments, the ones I like the most, and I’ll see where and when I retire.” The former world No.3 explained.

Ferrer has confirmed an end date for his career on the Challenger circuit. In October he will play in the Monterey Open in Mexico after receiving an invite. It will be his last taste of playing in the main draw of a Challenger event. Should he win, it would be the first time he has won a title in that category since 2002.

“I want to live this US Open as if it was my last Grand Slam. Then we’ll see, I’d like to retire in Spain, either in the Godó (Barcelona Open) or in Madrid (Masters).” He concluded.

Ferrer is currently the third oldest player in the top 100 on the ATP World Tour. Only Roger Federer and Julien Benneteau was born before him.

The Spaniard will play in Toronto and Cincinnati prior to the US Open.

Ferrer’s career in brief

  • 27 ATP titles won (1 Masters 1000, 10 ATP 500 and 16 ATP 250)
  • Best grand slam performance was runner-up at the 2013 French Open
  • One of only four active players to have achieved 700 or more wins on the tour. His record currently stands at 726-367
  • Has ended seven seasons in the top 10 (2007, 2010-1015)
  • Only Federer and Rafael Nadal has spent more consecutive weeks in the top 50 than Ferrer.

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Rafael Nadal outlasts Jannik Sinner in Rome

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Nine-time Rome Masters 1000 champion Rafael Nadal broke serve five times to beat Jannik Sinner 7-5 6-4 at the Foro Italico in the eagerly awaited last match of the third evening of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome. 

 

Sinner took an early lead in each set, but Nadal fought back both times to take the win in 2 hours and 10 minutes. 

Sinner earned a break in the first game with a forehand down the line winner. Nadal pulled the break back in the second game. Sinner got another break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead with a volley winner, but Nadal broke straight back to draw level to 3-3 after a forehand error from Sinner. 

Sinner saved three straight set points, as he was serving at 4-5 and won the game with a service winner. Nadal converted his seventh set point at 6-5 to close out the first set with his forehand. 

Sinner went up a break in the third game to open up a 4-2 lead, but Nadal won four consecutive games. 

The Spaniard held at 15 in the seventh game and won four consecutive points on return in the eighth game to break back for 4-4. 

Nadal converted his fourth match point with a forehand down the line winner to seal the second set 6-4. 

Nadal will face a third round match against Denis Shapovalov, who beat Stefano Travaglia 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 after 1 hour and 35 minutes. Nadal leads 2-1 in his three head-to-head matches against Shapovalov and won their only previous clash on clay in Rome in 2018.  

The Spaniard beat a Next Gen star for the second consecutive week after claiming a straight-set win over Carlos Alcaraz in Madrid. 

“I was playing great in Madrid. There were a couple of bad games against Alexander Zverev in the quarter finals. Everything went wrong after that, despite the fact I looked good on the practice court. We have to adapt to different conditions, as they are entirely diffferent from Madrid. Jannik is one of the best players I could drawn. He is very young, and he improves his game every day. His ranking position is only getting better, and he plays with a lot of confidence. He played great in Miami to reach the final”, said Nadal. 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas sets up blockbuster third round match against Matteo Berrettini in Rome

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Stefanos Tsitsipas edged past Marin Cilic 7-5 6-2 to advance to third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

 

Tsitsipas has improved his win-loss record to 28-7 this season, equalling Andrey Rublev for most match wins after Rublev beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-7 (7-9) 6-1 6-4 earlier today. 

Tsitsipas had to save two break points in the ninth game to hold serve after four deuces. The 2021 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters winner earned his crucial break in the 12th game to win a hard-fought first set 7-5. 

Tsitsipas was in control of the match and cruised to a 6-2 win in the second set with two breaks in the second and eighth games. 

“Sometimes I need to adjust my game and Marin is someone I respect a lot. I knew he was going to come out here and play his best tennis. He made move a lot. It was quite tricky to adjust to that at the beginning, but towards the very end of the first set I stayed calm and stayed calm and resilient. I had to play deep on the returns and find solutions from the baseline rallies. That worked well for me from 6-5”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitsipas set up a blockbuster third round match against last week’s Madrid Mutua Open finalist Matteo Berrettini, who beat John Millman 6-4 6-2 in front of fans, who will return on Thursday. Tsitsipas enjoyed the atmosphere on the Pietrangeli Stadium. 

“The Pietrangeli Stadium is very beautiful. It’s one of the best courts on tour. I feel like the Pietrangeli here is great. We are surrounded by trees in the city and it’s very quiet which is very important for tennis. Honestly, I can’t wait for the fans to come and fill in the stadium”, said Tsitsipas. 

Berrettini missed three consecutive break points in the third game of the opening set and earned his first break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. The Rome-native star served out the first set at 15. Berrettini earned two consecutive breaks to race out to 4-0 lead. Millman saved a break point to hold serve in the fifth game, but Berrettini never looked back in his next two service games to claim the second set 6-2. 

Berrettini has improved with his each appearance in the Rome tournament, reaching the second round in 2018, the third round in 2019 and the quarter final in 2020. 

Tsitsipas beat Berrettini in their only head-to-head match at the 2019 Australian Open. 

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Watchdog Files Complaint To Government Over Prize Money Discrepancies At Italian Open

The tournament has been accused of ‘an unacceptable pay gap’ by one of the countries leading independent agencies.

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A leading consumer watchdog in Italy has hit out at their biggest tennis tournament over what they say is unfair differences in pay between male and female players.

 

Codacons has issued a press release confirming they have filed an official complaint to the Department for Equal Opportunities (Presidency of the Council of Ministers). The political Authority directly in charge of gender equality and equal opportunities policies in Italy which are made up by a series of politicians from various parties. The move has been triggered by a report in national newspaper La Repubblica which notes that the prize money pool in the men’s draw is significantly more than the women’s.

The Internazionali d’Italia would be the only tennis tournament among the Masters 1000 of 2021 with an inequality in pay based exclusively on the sex of the players,’ Carlo Rienzi, president of Codacons, said in a statement.
“Based on what La Repubblica reported today to the winner of the prestigious event would be entitled to a higher remuneration of 37% compared to the winner of the women’s draw.’
“Analyzing the prizes up for grabs for the other rounds (eighths, quarters, semifinals and final) it turns out that the remuneration reserved for the players is significantly lower than those paid to male athletes.”

This year’s Italian Open is categorised as a Masters 1000 for the men and as a WTA 1000 for the women. In each round play the prize money available is significantly higher for male than female players. For example the differences in the first round are €12,000 against €8670. This year’s men’s champion will take home more than €65,000 more than their female counterpart.

“An unacceptable gender pay gap in 2021, which causes blatant discrimination to the detriment of women, and which today leads Codacons to denounce the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) to the Equal Opportunities Commission for discrimination gender,” Rienzi concluded.

Whilst the Italian Open is a mixed tournament, both of the Tour’s have their own governing body with their own guidelines regarding prize money. Explaining why this difference has occurred. It is for this reason why there is also a difference in points on offer to players.

There has been no comment from the Italian Open, WTA or the ATP in regard to Codacons’ complaint.

2021 Italian Open: Men Vs Women

Prize Money

MenWomen
Winner245,085178,630
Runner-up145,000132,258
SF82,30070,161
QF54,10033,486
R328,20016,935
R218,00010,726
R112,0008670

Points

MenWomen
Winner1000900
Runner-up600585
SF360350
QF180190
R390105
R24560
R1101

Note: info via atptour.com and wtatennis.com

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