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.
The young and precocious shined brightest Wednesday at the 48th annual ASICS Easter Bowl. Wild-card entry and 13-year-old Caty McNally of Cincinnati shocked top-seeded Usue Arconada of College Park, Md., 6-4, 7-5, in the second round of the ITF Girls’ 18s singles being played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
An Australian Open towel draped over her neck in her post-match interview, No. 2-seed in the ITF Girls’ 18s singles Katie Swan looked impressive in her 2015 ASICS Easter Bowl debut on Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-3 win over 13-year-old rising USTA prospect Amanda Anisomova of Hallandale Beach, Fla.
On a day the USTA announced Martin Blackman as its new General Manager of Player Development, and last year’s ASICS Easter Bowl Boys’ 18s champion Francis Tiafoe signed a professional contract with Jay Z’s Roc Nation, all four boys’ and girls’ divisions played on a busy Monday at the 48th annual ASICS Easter Bowl.