Juan Carlos Ferrero
Age: 36 (born February 12, 1980)
Residence: Villena, Spain
Birthplace: Onteniente, Spain
Grand Slam Titles Won: Singles- French Open (2003)
ATP World Tour titles: 16 (Singles)
Highest ATP World Ranking: 1 – Singles (2003)
Career Prize Money: $13,992,875
This year, Champions Tennis is excited to welcome former World No. 1 and Roland Garros Champion Juan Carlos Ferrero to the Royal Albert Hall. Ferrero retired from the ATP World Tour in 2012 and the Spanish talent will be making his debut at this year’s season-end ATP Champions Tour event.
As a junior, Ferrero quickly began to make an impression on the ATP World Tour. After narrowly losing to Fernando Gonzalez at the Roland Garros Junior final in 1998, it was clear he was going to be an exceptional player. Ferrero was named ATP ‘Newcomer of the Year’ in 1999 after rocketing up a colossal 302 places and finishing the year 43 in the ATP Rankings.
Described by many as humble, understated and noble, Ferrero let his tennis do the talking by fine tuning his natural abilities in a disciplined yet modest manner. Although he was known as one of the best clay court players in the world at his prime, he also adapted well to the hard courts, reaching the final of the US Open in 2003. El Mosquito, as he is known on the Tour, used his slight stature, speed, finesse and willingness to improve to rise to the pinnacle of the sport when he became World No.1 in 2003.
Ferrero played a key role in Spain’s Davis Cup team and in 2000 helped them capture the title against Australia, with Ferrero’s impressive form lasting throughout their run to the final, accumulating wins against Leyton Hewitt and Patrick Rafter in the final. Spain’s Davis Cup success continued with further wins in 2004 and 2009.
Ferrero retired in 2012 with 16 ATP titles and two Davis Cup titles. By example, he inspired a future generation of Spanish talent, including David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal. David Ferrer told the ATP that, “Juan Carlos has been a very important player for Spanish tennis. He was World No. 1, he was the one who won the third point when Spain first won the Davis Cup and opened the way for many more players to follow and more Davis Cup victories for our country. He was, and is my best friend on the Tour. He’s a person that is very close to me and a friend of many friends of mine. He’s a very humble and noble person.”