Acapulco, Gro., February 23rd.- The XXVI edition of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC will be David Ferrer’s goodbye to tournaments outside Spain before his retirement from the courts in the ATP 500 of Barcelona and Master 1000 Mutua Open.
“The Magic Box” will have the honor to see for the last time and keep forever in their courts, the sweat of one of the most dedicated Spanish players in history.
After his last performance in a Grand Slam, with retirement due to injury at the US Open, against Rafael Nadal in August 2018, this year David Ferrer started a farewell tour for his fans in his most loved and with special meaning ATP tournaments.
“The AMT has that every year has been improving, the location is splendid, people love tennis, there is a large number of assistants, that makes us tennis players feel highly valued and I have experienced incredible emotions in Acapulco “.
Prior to this trip, in October, Ferrer had the pleasure to say goodbye to the ATP Tour Challenger in Mexico, with the victory of the tournament in Monterrey, where he defeated Ivo Karlovic in the final.
The farewell tour of the Spaniard began this year at the ATP 250 Auckland, New Zealand, where an injury on the right calf forced him to retire from the match, he was playing with his compatriot Pablo Carreño Busta, after his first win of the season against Dutchman Robin Hasse. In Auckland, Ferrer took the title in 20017, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
From Oceania, Ferrer traveled to South America to say goodbye to his followers at the Buenos Aires ATP 250, where in the first round he beat Malek Jaziri from Tunisia. In the second round, he was eliminated by, Albert Ramos-Viñolas. In the Argentine capital, Ferrer lifted the trophy three times in a row from 2012 to 2014.
In both tournaments, David Ferrer received emotional tributes from the organizers, where great personalities, workers and volunteers, surrendered to the human quality of the brilliant tennis player.
One of the tournaments of “King” David’s career, will be Acapulco, where he crowned four times, 2010 ,2011, 2012 and 2015 equaling the maximum winner until then – Thomas Muster – but becoming the only player so far in the tournament to win the two surfaces it has been played.
“Regardless of the result, this farewell will be beautiful and emotional, I do not think about it, I think of enjoying every moment, every game I’m going to play because it’s going to be the last, but I’ve already won something that is the most valuable for me, the affection of the public, of my companions and of the tournament “.
Ferrer arrived to Acapulco for the first time with 36 years and 145 of the world. In his best days he lived the time of the so-called Big Four. “Form Roger Federer I would choose his serve; from Rafa his mental strength; from Murray I would choose the rest and from Djokovic the speed … of David Ferrer, I would choose his constancy “.
Biggest rivalry? Roger Federer.
Favorite tournament? Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.
Most enjoyed match? “The 2011 Davis Cup final against Juan Martín Del Potro in Sevilla”.
The hardest player you had to face? “Sin duda Roger Federer, porque nunca le conseguí ganar”.
How would you like to be remembered? “Like someone loved, humble, with values and someone who respects the sport”.
After May, we Will not see more of you on the courts. What is the future holding? “Long term I would like to be with my family, but next year, I’ll have other projects close to tennis of course. I want to be the owner of my time”.