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Former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero Retires

Oct 25th, 2012
Staff Writer
2003 French Open Champion Juan Carlos Ferrero || retired this Tuesday. Photo credit: Wikimedia.

Tuesday, October 25th was marked as the day of the final professional tennis match of former number one, Spanish born Juan Carlos Ferrero.

He began playing tennis at the age of seven with his father, won his first professional tournament at the age of 18, won the 2003 French Open, started Equelite-Juan Carlos Ferrero Tennis Academy, and owns and operates his own hotel.

“I’ve always been a very competitive person and a winner,and I felt like I didn’t have it within me anymore,” Juan Carlos said in his ATP World Tour press release. “It takes a lot to keep up with what the level is. I could probably still be around for some time, but because I’ve always been a perfectionist, I want to stop now.”

In 2003, after a win at Roland Garros and a trip to the US Open final, Ferrero claimed the number one world ATP ranking. He has 15 professional singles titles to take with him, including the 2011 tournament in Stuttgart.

Juan Carlos played his final professional singles match against his good friend Nicolas Almagro, receiving a standing ovation from his country at the Agora Building court after his loss. “We’re best friends, we practice together, and Nico is also trying to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. I was really not happy, but then, the nice side of it is that I played my last match against a very important person for me, a great friend.”