• David Ferrer was the second player in tournament history to lift the Silver Gourd in four ocations, something only Thomas Muster and Rafael Nadal had achieved.
Mexico City, January 16th, 2023.- The Spanish flag has waved the most times at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC, thanks in part to David Ferrer. The player from Jávea Spain found in Acapulco one of his favorite playing courts to show one of his best performance and win four of his 27 titles.
Ferrer was the second player to win the Silver Gourd in three consecutive editions, after Thomas Muster’s four in a row (1993-1996). From 2010 to 2012, David was the best in Acapulco; winner of main draws that brought together some of the best players in Spain and on clay, such as Fernando Verdasco, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Nicolás Almagro, as well as other outstanding players like Fernando González, Stanislas Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, among others.
In his quest for the fourth title, Ferrer faced non other than Rafael Nadal in the 2013 final, where he lost in straight sets. However, David found a way to overcome that result two years later in the 2015 edition, when he won over Kei Nishikori in the title match to definitively enter the tournament’s history books as one of the most successful players to play the tournament.
Despite the Spaniard’s record in Acapulco, Ferrer is very clear about one of his main memories at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC. “I remember a special match against Guga Kuerten on center court, as everyone cheering for Guga, something logical, but it was and is a very close tournament. There´s a great atmosphere, tennis people are going to have a good time, enjoy the sport and have a great week for the most part,” commented David.
Ferrer also highlights the evolution of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC in terms of playing surface, something that according to David helped the tournament to remain one of the best. “I remember when it was clay and then it evolved to fast court. On clay the best were already going and then when it became fast court they have come even better. My most sincere congratulations to the tournament director and organization, who has a lot to do with the fact that it has been 30 years in the making,” said the Spaniard.
For the four-time champion, it´s difficult to choose what he likes most about Acapulco. “The atmosphere, the fact that it’s summer, that it’s in a place where we have great facilities and everything is close by. Honestly, I can’t say just one thing about the facilities, the food,” said David, who now also identifies himself as a fan of the tournament.
Finally, Ferrer invites the public to experience everything the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC has to offer. “Let them go to see one of the best tournaments in the world without a doubt. Enjoy because we have the best players who love to go, live it, play it and it´s part of the history of Acapulco, which is a unique experience, not only to see the best tennis players, but to live it from the outside, the atmosphere there, it´s a day that I would be lovely to go with my children.