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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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Anna-Lena Groenefeld announces the end of her career

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Anna-Lena Groenefeld has ended her career to start a family. The 34-year-old German player started her professional career in 2003 after becoming the first German player since 1957 to win the Junior French Open and the junior world number 1 in both singles and doubles disciplines.

 

Groenefeld won a WTA singles title in Acapulco in 2006 beating Flavia Pennetta in Acapulco and advanced the quarter finals at the French Open in the same year. She achieved the best results of her career in doubles reaching her career-high of number 7, qualified seven Grand Slam semifinals at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open and won two mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon 2009 and at the US Open 2014. Groenefeld reached three Premier 5 doubles finals in Rome, Toronto and Cincinnati and the semifinals in her farewell tournament at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen with her partner Demi Schuurs.

Groenefeld announced on social media:

“This little girl had dreams. For the last 18 years, she was able to live one of them. Now it’s time to hopefully fulfil another dream of having a family. I want to say thank you to everyone, who was by my side through all those years in the ups and downs. My family, friends and all of you who followed and supported me all those years. Thank you”.

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Vincenzo Santopadre: “Berrettini has become the coach of himself”

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The Italian 23-year-old player broke into the top 10 of the ATP Ranking on 28 October and reached the career-high at world number 8 on 4 November.

 

Berrettini’s coach Vincenzo Santopadre talked about the Italian star’s exciting year during an interview to FIT (Italian Tennis Federation).

“The past year has been incredible and exciting. Matteo has contunued to outdo himself every day, managing to complete himself exponentally and gradually become the coach of himself. He has improved in every aspect. It is no coincidence that he has collected results on all surfaces”, said Santopadre.

In his breakthrough season Berrettini became the first ATP Finals singles qualifier from Italy since former number 8 player and current Davis Cup captain Corrado Barazzutti in 1978. Only three Italian players in history (Adriano Panatta, Corrado Barazzutti and Matteo Berrettini) have managed to qualify for the year-end ATP Finals

Berrettini won two titles in Budapest on clay and Stuttgart on grass and reached ATP 500 semifinals at Halle, Vienna and became the first Italian player in history to reach a Masters 1000 semifinal in Shanghai.

He became the second Italian player in history to reach the US Open semifinal and the fourth player in the history of Italian tennis to reach a Grand Slam semifinal following in the footsteps of Adriano Panatta, Corrado Barazzutti and Marco Cecchinato. Berrettini reached the Wimbledon fourth round by defeating Diego Schwartzman after saving three match points.

“Matteo has matured so much this year. We must continue to trust him because he is a guy, who gives so much passion and will.

 Berrettini will start the 2020 season at the ATP Cup in Perth before the Australian Open.

 “I don’t know if the season that will come will be more difficult, but it will certainly be different due to the expectations that Matteo was able to create: 2020 is upon us. Now it is right to recharge the batteries, but we must be ready because it will be an important year”, said Santopadre.

 

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Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and Venus Williams are the stand-out names in Adelaide

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Four top 10 players Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens and former Grand Slam champions Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber will grab the headlines at the Adelaide International from 12 to 18 January 2020.

 

A total of seven Grand Slam champions and five former world number one players will take part in the Adelaide WTA tourament.

This year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty leads a star-studded line-up, which includes 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Kiki Bertens and seven other members of the top 20.

The Main Draw also features Sofia Kenin, Alison Riske, Sloane Stephens and Danielle Collins, World Number 30 Quang Wang. World Number 12 and this Rome WTA Premier finalist Johanna Konta will play her first tournament since the US Open following a knee injury.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams has been announced as the Top 20 wildcard.

“It is always exciting to play at a new tournament in front of new fans. I have had so many memorable times times in Australia over the years and I am looking forward to discovering Adelaide and all it has to offer”, said Venus Williams.

The men’s line-up includes 2019 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, Alex De Minaur, Lucas Pouille and Andrey Rublev.

“The full list of players is a real who’s who of tennis, from Australia’s favourite Ashleigh Barty to the iconic Venus Williams, right through to the young talent of Alex De Minaur and the experienced campaigner Novak Djokovic in the men’s field”, said South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway.

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