David Ferrer – All In

Player Profiles
By Hiland Doolittle, January 14th, 2011
David Ferrer

David Ferrer

In 2008, David Ferrer finished the year as the fourth ranked player on the tour. The future looked bright, but 2009 turned out to be an undistinguished year for the 10 year tour veteran.

Ferrer bounced back nicely in 2010 winning two ATP tournaments and re-tooling his game to meet the modern day pace and power. Ferrer claimed titles at Valencia and Acapulco and reached three other finals including Bejing, the ATP World Tour Maters in Rome and in Buenos Aires. Players came to respect his staying power and his ferociously intense will to win.

Ferrer was born in Javia and moved to Gandia at age 13. At 15, he attended the Catalian Tennis Federation. Later, he spent 10 months at the prestigious Equeilte, the tennis Academy run by Juan Carlos Ferrero. His father, Jamie, is an accountant and his mother, Pilar, is an elementary school teacher.

David learned to play with his older brother, Javier, who was once a Spanish junior tennis champion and who now coaches tennis. Ferrer is coached by Spaniard Javier Piles.

Besides his 10 ATP tournament wins, David has 10 runner-up finishes and holds a 10-4 Davis Cup record. His 2010 resurgence was earned through hard work and determination.

In a nation that prides itself on its tennis prowess, Ferrer moved ahead of countrymate Fernando Verdasco last year and is generally regarded as Spain’s second best player. Unfortunately, Ferrer had not succeeded under the bright lights of the Grand Slam events.

In his ten years on tour, Ferrer has amassed 353 wins against 212 losses. To hold his current ranking, Ferrer needs some big name wins. Unfortunately the pace of his game does not match up to the big five.

Unlike Nadal and Verdasco, Ferrer does not have a dominating serve or shot. His skills are ball hawking and courageous baseline shots. To be successful, Ferrer has come to understand he must make fewer mistakes than the opponents. As such, he is regarded as a somewhat passive player. The longer the point, the better Ferrer’s chance of winning.

The 28-year old prefers clay over hard courts. Ferrer will be hard pressed to hold his position at the Australian Open. One thing opponents have come to know about David, is that you can never count him out.

Birth DateApril 2, 1982
ResidenceValencia ,Spain
Weight160 lbs
Year Turned Pro2000
Current Rank – Singles7
Current Rank – DoublesN/A
Career Prize Earnings$9,525, 824
Year-To- Date – Earnings0
Grand Slam (Singles)0
Australian Open0
French Open0
Wimbledon 0
U.S. Open0
Grand Slam Doubles0


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