|David Ferrer victory over Pouille at Barcelona 500|
Ferrer-well, David! 😥@AbiertoTelcel said goodbye to @DavidFerrer87 on Wednesday - Mexican style... 🎉🤠 pic.twitter.com/stFeSeUf9h— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) February 28, 2019
|David Ferrer: A Smaller man with a Bigger Heart.|
"Un hombre más pequeño con un corazón más grande"
His soul and heart are bigger than anyone else out there. Some of the most thrilling clay court matches played against Nadal back in 2011.
Wearing his Lotto Shoes and white bandanna, he was always as motivated in training as in competition.
A man I watched fighting for his life on the tour and winning matches against much harder hitters and bigger, stronger opponents - he was the underdog you wanted to cheer for.
Sweat flying everywhere and shoes squeaking on every pivot and short angle drive. Full of energy and vigor, he was a beast even on the practice courts.
He put 100% of his energy and every ounce of his 5'9 frame into everything he did.
At the end of your career, this is perhaps the most rewarding memory - the Praise and Respect from your peers who come out to salute you from the Sport and Career he loved and loved him equally on Tour.
Ferrer has a iTusa tennis academy camp in Spain (looks like a great summer camp for kids) and also one satellite branch out in Glendale, Arizona.
Knowing the feeling being the smaller grinder on court, I employed a very similar style of the Spanish System with angled and on-the-rise offense. It got me to at the top of my game as Mid-Atlantic #1 singles playing USTA starting as a 3.0 player a few years prior. Pity I never had a chance to attend his iTUSA academy but I'm sure it must be a very exhausting program.
This year, it is my goal to wish him his final goodbye as we salute this great tennis warrior one last time. It will be a very long time before we see another like David on the tour.
2019 Miami Open win over Sacha Zverev
We return to the Spanish clay one last at Barcelona and Madrid Opens to see David Ferrer.
In July there will be the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona but there are smaller Running of the Bull events in Madrid as well in the summer.
Bullfighting culture is strong in Madrid. I visited this great capital city and the historic bull ring in the city center a decade ago. Photos from the trip: https://www.flickr.com/photos/demiace/albums/72157619938530285