epa03414544 Spain's David Ferrer returns the ball to France's Julien Benneteau during their semi final match at the ATP Malaysian Open tennis tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 29 September 2012. EPA/AHMAD YUSNI |
Three spots remain open for the World Tour Finals after Spain’s David Ferrer was confirmed as the fifth to qualify for the eight-man event which begins November 5. Ferrer will be playing the season wrapup for the third straight year, reaching the semi-finals a year ago against eventual champion Roger Federer whole losing all three of his group matches the year before.
Ferrer played the elite tournament for the first time in 2007 when it was held in Shanghai and played the final against Federer.
Spanish number two Ferrer joins Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and injured compatriot Rafael Nadal in the London field, with the availability of Nadal an open question due to a knee injury which has kept him away from the game for almost four months. Ferrer lost in the first round in Beijing and skipped the Shanghai Masters last week through injury.
In 2012, the 30-year-old Valencia native has won a career-high five titles on three different surfaces, including Auckland, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Buenos Aires, Acapulco and Bastad.
“I’m very happy because to qualify again is a great achievement,” said Ferrer in a statement. “It’s always one of my goals at the beginning of each year.
The point race now has three weeks remaining. with ATP 250 tournaments this week: the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, the If Stockholm Open and the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga currently hold down the final three qualifying spots with all three playing this week.
Greetings from England. Today marks my second week in and around London. I've been to Queens and Birmingham and back to Queens club for Rally4Bally and off to Eastbourne and now I check into my 6th hotel and I'm off to Boodles in a few hours Aorangi and Wimbledon.
This is week two of a multi-week segment of ITF professional circuit futures tournaments. These are combined events, meaning men and women play side by side. And so, because tennis players’ grunting and shrieking tend toward the suggestive, and since the courts are behind an opaque row of hedges, several curious tourists have poked their heads into the scene wondering just what exactly the hell is going on here.
Within minutes of the shock announcement that Andy Murray had chosen Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach, Andrei Chesnokov was having microphones stuck under his nose in the Players Lounge at Roland Garros.
Wimbledon top seed, Novak Djokovic arrived at The Boodles in a HR Owen silver Bentley with intent on playing his first match on grass this year against the Dutchman, Robin Haase. However following some sponsor commitments on site, after some consideration the world number two decided, as a precaution, not to play the match.