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the hometown Valencia tourney PLS give him some luck thread

Luna
04-02-2005, 03:09 PM
It's the first time I've started a thread,hopefully it can bring Juanqui some good luck!
Draw is out http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/posting/2005/573/MDS.pdf
:sad:he draws nadal in first round then ggl...

Elam
04-02-2005, 03:10 PM
Vamos Ferrero!

~EMiLiTA~
04-02-2005, 03:11 PM
yes...what a crap draw :sad:

Luna
04-02-2005, 03:16 PM
Maybe nadal is too tried to play due to he's reached final in Miami.

~EMiLiTA~
04-02-2005, 03:33 PM
yeah...I think he should pull out of Valencia personally...

I♥PsY@Mus!c
04-02-2005, 03:35 PM
Don't say too much, :armed: but I only like he wins this match. :boxing:

Luna
04-02-2005, 03:36 PM
:p me 2!please at least playing a tight match against Nadal,Roger!
Juanqui needs victory soooooooooooooo much now,sorry for Nadal.

Corinna
04-02-2005, 04:29 PM
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Raquel
04-02-2005, 06:04 PM
Good luck JCF - I know Rafael is playing very well but you can do it :)

Mount Goddess
04-02-2005, 06:58 PM
What a totally pants draw :mad: :banghead: But I think if he gets past Rafa he will do well here.

COME ON JUAN CARLOS :hug: :smooch:

freesbee
04-02-2005, 08:06 PM
Juan Carlos needs this win more. And I agree with Emilita, Nadal should pull out and grant himself some rest.
good luck JC!:bounce:

roisin
04-02-2005, 08:14 PM
egh. crap draw or what. :ras:

he can win tho. he owns clay, rafa can own miami or whatever.

User id 7816
04-02-2005, 08:20 PM
:o :o :o @ this match (if Nadal plays at all)

JeLuliA88
04-03-2005, 12:24 AM
Hopefully Nadal will pull to get some rest... cos i think it would be hard for ferrero to get past him. definitely not a great draw to start the clay season :(

jinruferrero
04-03-2005, 07:10 AM
best wishs for him,i'll pray~~~~

Ferrero Forever
04-03-2005, 11:56 AM
crap crap crap shit shit shit crap crap crap shit shit shit crap crap crap-WHAT IS WITH THIS DRAW!!!! this is very scary since Nadal is on a roll.

Xiaoly
04-03-2005, 12:12 PM
I also guess that Nadal will be too tired to win such a great player as Juanqui...
so,VAMOS,JUANQUI!!!!!

~EMiLiTA~
04-03-2005, 01:01 PM
best scenario: Rafa win Miami, pulls out of Valencia, JC gets an easier draw and wins Valencia! *crosses fingers*

Luna
04-03-2005, 01:19 PM
To neglect Nadal ,GGL ,Igor Andreev(him still...),Gonzalez all in the bottom of the draw.It's too hard to play.

Mount Goddess
04-03-2005, 04:29 PM
best scenario: Rafa win Miami, pulls out of Valencia, JC gets an easier draw and wins Valencia! *crosses fingers*

Yeah!!!!!!!!!! :yeah: :yeah:

Suzi
04-03-2005, 05:46 PM
Vamos Juanqui!

Well it is quite a crap draw again :rolleyes: (I swear im gonna kick someones butt bout it soon!) but heh like Emilita says lets hope Nadal beats Federer and pull out of Valencia ;)

Mount Goddess
04-03-2005, 09:11 PM
Don't think Nadal will pull out now!

Francine
04-03-2005, 09:20 PM
Why not, he'll be more tired then when he had won it in three sets. (*&%@#$ Rafa for not winning :sad: ) It's kinda harsh to hope a player will pull out, I jut hope Juanca will win the match :yippee:

Scotso
04-03-2005, 09:27 PM
I'm torn on this match, but IF Juan Carlos gets past Rafael, I really hope he wins this tournament.

Jogg
04-03-2005, 11:23 PM
crap draw as usual :rolleyes:

Lots of Good Luck to Juanqui, unfortunately the way Rafa's playing at the moment he'll prob need it

I♥PsY@Mus!c
04-04-2005, 05:14 PM
I damn hope Juan will BEAT him more than other guy will retire this match. :armed:
GO JUANNNNNNNNNNN! :rocker:

roisin
04-04-2005, 05:31 PM
has rafy pulled out of this tournament yet??? :p

Corinna
04-04-2005, 07:06 PM
don't think so....but dunno for sure :p
i am still hoping :lol:

Suzi
04-04-2005, 07:17 PM
Even if he hasnt, he still must be quite tired, while JC has had a bit to recover so VAMOS JC

Mount Goddess
04-04-2005, 07:41 PM
He must have pulled out by now

Corinna
04-04-2005, 08:22 PM
I found this on the general messages area :D:
Men's Look Forward: Valencia, Casablanca
If the organizers at Casablanca eventually develop a persecution complex, who could blame them?

The event has never been very popular with the players; most of the clay types, after all, prefer to spend their time in Europe, and they have Valencia as an alternative this week. Add to that the fact that the tournament has been stuck in absolutely the worst possible spot in the clay season, right after Miami, when everyone is trying to adapt to the shift from hardcourt to clay plus the time zone shift.

The result is an event with no Top 30 players; the #1 seed is Rainer Schuettler, with Filippo Volandri #2, Luis Horna #3, Fabrice Santoro #4, Florian Mayer #5 (though he'd be higher if this week's rankings were used), Mariano Puerta #6, Gilles Muller #7, and Christophe Rochus #8. And that's about it for Top 100 players.

Though there are some interesting unseeded men in the draw: Santiago Ventura was last year's champion, and Jarkko Nieminen and Arnaud Clement are also here. Plus both of Morocco's Tour players are here, both as wildcards because they've been injured so much. Too bad their draws are so lousy: Younes El Aynaoui has to open against #2 seed Volandri, and Hicham Arazi will face defending champion Ventura.

Valencia is a rather different thing: Still no Top Ten players, but it at least has a Top 20 player at the top of the draw in Nikolay Davydenko. Indeed, its top four seeds (Davydenko, Fernando Gonzalez, Rafael Nadal, Olivier Rochus) are all ranked higher than anyone at Casablanca. But it's a tired field: In addition to Nadal, fresh from the Miami final, Miami semifinalist David Ferrer is the #5 seed. How that will affect the outcome remains to be seen.

Rounding out the seeds are #6 Fernando Verdasco, the defending champion; #7 Igor Andreev, who despite being Russian has spent a lot of time in Spain; and #8 Kenneth Carlsen.

The biggest name, though is unseeded: Gustavo Kuerten will be making his long-awaited comeback. Also unseeded is Juan Carlos Ferrero, who won this event two years ago, back when he was the real Ferrero. We also have Alex Corretja as a wildcard, though he's even farther removed from his old self than is Ferrero (who, after all, had a decent result at Miami and may finally be breaking out of it).

Noteworthy First Round Matches

We have more of these than you'd think. A lot of unseeded players must think they're cursed. At Valencia, we have the following:

(1) Davydenko vs. Costa. Top seed versus former Roland Garros winner, on clay? Whew!

(4) Olivier Rochus vs. Kuerten. Another unseeded Roland Garros winner. And while Rochus is off to the best start of his career, his history says that he would prefer a faster surface.

Ferrero vs. (3) Nadal. And yet another unseeded Roland Garros winner against a top four seed! Both played well at Miami; Nadal played superbly, but it remains to be seen if he'll even make it back for the tournament.

Karlovic vs. Labadze. Given how badly Labadze has been playing, this is likely to be a blowout -- but it's also likely to be hilarious as these two kooks face off.

At Casablanca, our main stories are the two Moroccan wildcards: El Aynaoui vs. (2) Volandri and Arazi vs. Ventura. But we'll also see Arnaud Clement (who finally seems to be coming back to life, though clay has never been his surface) take on #3 seed Luis Horna, and Jarkko Nieminen could also find himself in a tussle with Victor Hanesco.

let's hope it is :D

User id 7816
04-04-2005, 10:37 PM
win JC, win!

it doesnt matter if ur playin Rafa or someone else, u HAVE to win.

brazuca5copas
04-05-2005, 12:43 AM
Hi everybody :wavey: , I just read this in a brasilian site, it's in portuguese sorry :sad: but who speak spanish I think will understand. Well, I hope the match will be in São Paulo because would be fantastic for me watch Guga and Ferrero lives :worship: !

04/04/2005 - 08h04
Em retribuição, Guga receberá Ferrero no Brasil para amistoso (In retribution, Guga will receive Ferrero in Brasil to charity match)

Enviado especial do UOL
Em Valência (Espanha)

Gustavo Kuerten, que está voltando à disputa do circuito internacional nesta semana, depois de sete meses e afastamento, trará o espanhol Juan Carlos Ferrero para o Brasil. Os tenistas farão um amistoso, que ainda não tem data definida, com fins beneficentes, arrecadando fundos com os ingressos vendidos para a entidade dirigida pela família do catarinense, o Instituto Guga Kuerten.

O amistoso faz parte de um acordo entre os tenistas. Como Guga aceitou o convite para disputar o Torneio de Valência, do qual Ferrero é praticamente o "dono", o espanhol se colocou à disposição para retribuir a visita. Foi Ferrero quem fez toda a negociação para que o brasileiro atuasse na cidade espanhola e fosse uma das estrelas da competição.

"O principal motivo de vir aqui é porque falei muito com Ferrero. Ele é um grande amigo e insistiu bastante para que eu viesse conhecer a cidade", afirmou Guga, em entrevista à imprensa espanhola. "Depois, enfrentarei Ferrero em uma partida de exibição, no Brasil, com objetivos beneficentes."

O Instituto Guga Kuerten, comandado pela mãe do tenista, Alice Kuerten, promove ações sociais em Santa Catarina e foi fundado e 2000, pouco antes de o brasileiro se tornar líder do ranking mundial. Atualmente, está presente em cerca de 70 cidades no estado.

O duelo entre Guga e Ferrero também já foi confirmado pelo treinador do espanhol, Antonio Martínez Cascales, que, desde que começou a promover o Torneio de Valência, fez diversos elogios ao brasileiro. "A presença de Guga na competição é um acontecimento 'tenístico' de primeira grandeza", afirmou Cascales, na noite de inauguração oficial do ATP. "E Ferrero vai ao Brasil para jogar com Guga, só não está definida a data."

O confronto, que ainda não tem local marcado para acontecer, vai opor dois tenistas que não estão no melhor de sua forma. Enquanto Guga se recupera da segunda cirurgia no quadril a que foi submetido, Ferrero está longe de ser o atleta que foi líder do ranking, em 2003. Agora, ele despencou para a 85ª colocação do ranking mundial.

Embora estejam mal, os tenistas já travaram grandes duelos no circuito internacional, como o primeiro, pela semifinal de Roland Garros de 2000. Ferrero já despontava como um grande jogador em quadra de saibro e tinha 20 anos de idade, mas desafiava um ex-campeão e que estava partindo para o auge de sua forma.

Guga perdia por 2 sets a 1 e tinha desvantagem de uma quebra de saque no quarto set. No entanto, se recuperou, ganhou as duas últimas séries por 6-4 e 6-3 e partiu para o bicampeonato diante do sueco Magnus Norman. No ano seguinte, o duelo voltou a acontecer no Aberto da França, mas com Ferrero já entre os melhores do mundo. Dessa vez, o brasileiro não deu chances ao espanhol e marcou 6-4, 6-4 e 6-3.

Antes disso, porém, Ferrero já havia vencido o brasileiro uma vez. Foi na final do Masters Series de Roma, em que Guga tinha vantagem de 2 sets a 1, mas sentiu cansaço na reta final e levou a virada. A partir daí, o espanhol passara a virar uma realidade e a mostrar que seria o sucessor de Guga no "reinado" das quadras de saibro.

Depois disso, os tenistas ainda se enfrentaram mais duas vezes, mas Guga já não estava mais no melhor de sua forma. Em novembro de 2001, quando o brasileiro já sentia as dores no quadril que o levaram à primeira cirurgia, ele perdeu por 2 a 0 na primeira fase da Masters Cup de Sydney e, em 2003, caiu também por 2 a 0, pelas quartas-de-final do Torneio de Barcelona.

Com a queda de Guga no circuito internacional, Ferrero assumiu naturalmente o papel de "rei do saibro". Em Roland Garros, porém, demorou para ganhar. Depois e perder duas vezes seguidas para o brasileiro, caiu na final de 2002 diante de seu compatriota Albert Costa. No ano seguinte, porém, não desperdiçou a chance que teve e levantou o troféu contra o surpreendente holandês Martin Verkerk.

Ainda em 2003, Ferrero começou a ser ameaçado por Guillermo Coria, de quem ganhou na final do Masters Series de Monte Carlo. Mas o argentino só ganhou seu espaço em 2004, quando o espanhol já começava a mostrar declínio por causa de seguidas contusões. O último título de Ferrero foi em Madri, há um ano e meio.

Billabong
04-05-2005, 04:39 AM
GO JC, please win this match:D! You can do it man:yeah:!

loeliepoelie
04-05-2005, 09:33 AM
I'm also hoping Rafa will pull out, but I don't think he will....

Good luck to both of them!!! May the best chico win!

Luna
04-05-2005, 12:29 PM
:hearts:

Jogg
04-05-2005, 10:15 PM
nice pics Luna thanks :hug:

Luna
04-06-2005, 12:49 AM
Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Pista Central start 12:00 NOON
F Mantilla (ESP) vs (2)F Gonzalez (CHI)
A Costa (ESP) vs S Koubek (AUT)
Not before 4:00 PM
J Ferrero (ESP) vs (3)R Nadal (ESP)
(Q)F Luzzi (ITA) vs (6)F Verdasco (ESP)

Pista N 1 start 12:00 NOON
(WC)Lopez Jaen/Sanchez De Luna vs Andreev/Davydenko
(4)Levinsky/Rochus vs Calatrava/Ferrer
(Q)I Navarro Pastor (ESP) vs A Dupuis (FRA)

Pista N 2 start 12:00 NOON
(1)Arnold/Hood vs (WC)Burniol/Gimeno-Traver
Hernandez/Starace vs (2)Knowle/Pala

Good Luck and Vamos Juan Carlos!!!

liptea
04-06-2005, 05:18 AM
wtf drawmakers. I hope you're happy.

:bounce: I'm going to bed excited and hopeful.

roisin
04-06-2005, 08:19 AM
In what could be one of the most highly contested first round match-ups this season, No. 3 seed Rafael Nadal will take on countryman Juan Carlos Ferrero on Wednesday. This will be the first meeting between the veteran 2003 Roland Garros Champion and the left-handed teenager from Mallorca who pushed World No. 1 Roger Federer to five sets in the finals of the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami last week



wtf since when is jc a VETERAN!!!

Ferrero Forever
04-06-2005, 10:27 AM
VETERAN-wtf, legend i could understand, but not veteran.

plum_juice10
04-06-2005, 10:38 AM
This should be a really good match...two TOP class players against each other for the first time and countrymen too! This would be mouth-watering to watch, if only it wasn't JC, I, we, like sooo much! Ah well, Vamos Juan Carlos and hope you get through!

Puschkin
04-06-2005, 12:50 PM
I admit it ;) . I' am biased on this match. All the best to JCF!

I♥PsY@Mus!c
04-06-2005, 02:51 PM
Best of luck to you! :rocker2:

Corinna
04-06-2005, 03:47 PM
:eek: just popped up here and saw the livescore...rafa leading with 2 breaks 5-2 and serving for set :sad:
he doesn't seem to be tired at all
it looks very bad for juanqui :bigcry:

loeliepoelie
04-06-2005, 03:49 PM
Nooooo...... Rafa won the first set 6-2.... I know I'm a big Rafa fan, but I really wanted JC to win this one...

Luna
04-06-2005, 03:55 PM
Who can save Juanqui?:sad:god.....

Corinna
04-06-2005, 04:01 PM
this match can't be won by him any more :sad: wtf is he playing :bigcry:

Corinna
04-06-2005, 04:03 PM
wow he won his first game in the 2nd set :worship: :p..OMG i am frustrated even though i knew nadal would be doing well :sad:

Luna
04-06-2005, 04:08 PM
this week is over for me it's been more than one years not have a happy weekend...waiting for Monte Carlo

Corinna
04-06-2005, 04:19 PM
rafa won 6-2 6-1 :eek:
:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

Carlita
04-06-2005, 04:20 PM
:eek: oh no, what happened??? I'm happy Nadal won, but not with this score and I would have loved to see JC in round two as well.....:sad:


:sad: poor JC!! :hug:

juanqui.ferrero
04-06-2005, 04:23 PM
It's over now. And the scoreboard's mocking him... :cry:

User id 7816
04-06-2005, 04:24 PM
dont get me wrong but this is a bit too much!!:mad:

62 61!!!!

Juanca, what exactly are you thinking???
No, dont tell me its coz of Nadal, I know he's on fire, he'd damn good, but this????
where's the fight???

its clay, its home, what more do u need to put up some fight?

1st serve pts won - 21 of 23 for Rafa.....even he's not that good!!!!!!!!!

Francine
04-06-2005, 04:26 PM
He could not have had a more difficult opponent to open the clay season with, but I didn't expect the score to be this bad. It's unfortunate that he'll need a good draw in MC because he's obviously not ready yet to take on the big guns on clay. Here's hoping he'll draw Joachim Johansson or Tim henman in Monte Carlo ;) If he doesn't lose to players like Kevin Kim and Luis Horna anymore thinks have to get better one day.

roisin
04-06-2005, 04:26 PM
:eek: wtf jc WTF. i wanna know if rafy was great or jc was just damn awful. more likely the latter. :sobbing:

freesbee
04-06-2005, 04:28 PM
OMG JC!! what happened out there??? :eek: :awww:

loeliepoelie
04-06-2005, 04:29 PM
JC :hug:

Luna
04-06-2005, 04:29 PM
he always lost to his spanish compatriot:o

User id 7816
04-06-2005, 04:30 PM
:mad: :mad: :mad:

Jogg
04-06-2005, 04:46 PM
OMG 6-2 6-1 was he even trying? I don't know how long we can keep making excuses for him, i thought Rafa would win but not that easily

Here's hoping he'll draw Joachim Johansson or Tim henman in Monte Carlo
to be honest i'm not sure he could beat either of them at the moment :sad:

Sorry i'm a bit frustrated with him at the moment

Francine
04-06-2005, 05:02 PM
He hasn't lost to bad players this season. Except for Sidney maybe. So that's a huge improvement compare to last year. Nadal almost beat Federer, he's playing extraordinary well atm. Juanca needs a good draw to get some confidence, he never gets a break when it comes to draws opening up.

Ok, it did kinda open up after Canas last week, but Ferrer beat Nalbandian and was playing well all week.

See how good I am in keeping hopes up?

Mount Goddess
04-06-2005, 05:11 PM
Juan Carlos :eek: :eek: :hug: :hug: :hug: :crying2: :crying2: :crying2:

Luna
04-06-2005, 05:37 PM
to be honest i'm not sure he could beat either of them at the moment :sad:

Sorry i'm a bit frustrated with him at the moment

:hug:But I am sure ,to be his fans we never lose hope on him in some corner of our hearts.

Luna
04-06-2005, 05:45 PM
He hasn't lost to bad players this season. Except for Sidney maybe. So that's a huge improvement compare to last year. Nadal almost beat Federer, he's playing extraordinary well atm. Juanca needs a good draw to get some confidence, he never gets a break when it comes to draws opening up.

Ok, it did kinda open up after Canas last week, but Ferrer beat Nalbandian and was playing well all week.

See how good I am in keeping hopes up?

yes as you said he hasn't lost to bad players this season except Auckland but if he wants to go futher he must beat top players.His improvement is not enought to make him remarkable as before.

Francine
04-06-2005, 06:17 PM
Oh yes it was Auckland, my bad. I had blocked that result out already ;)

I agree he needs to beat top players, but Rafa is clearly having a strong couple of weeks right now, that might be asking too much of JC who's not back to his old self yet. I thought him beating Canas was a very good sign and hopefully not just a one time thing :) Rafa's game might not suit JC's very well anyway, it was the first time they played.

roisin
04-06-2005, 06:30 PM
the boys cursed with bad draws. {apart from miami i s'pose} but with MC up next i think he can cause some damage there....once he dosent get feds or someone crazy in the opening rounds. maybe if he got like.....andy. yeah andy would be a great draw, as much as i love andy :)

adelaide
04-06-2005, 06:52 PM
rafa's my man, but im not so happy. :*( poor poor JC.

the scoreline is identitcal to the time when he lost to Verdasco last year....... strange.

Luna
04-06-2005, 07:05 PM
JC's serve is a obstacle from him getting his old form.As we can see because of his great serve improvement in summer of 2003, out of our mind he reached USO final and against Hewitt in QF he made 21 ACE to be his career ace recorder.Serve is so important in this tennis world and he sicks of strength players ,I just wonder why is his serve retrogress seriouly?I think that's the biggest problem he is facing now.

btw,Roddick doesn't pull out of MC? He never played MC before.
I am just hoping not another spanish he is going to play in MC.

Luna
04-06-2005, 07:08 PM
the scoreline is identitcal to the time when he lost to Verdasco last year....... strange.

so another nightmare,noooooo :mad:

Lalitha
04-06-2005, 08:38 PM
Franince, your avatar and siggy is the best! :worship: :worship: :worship:

roisin
04-06-2005, 08:38 PM
"I think I played pretty much okay, but I was a bit surprised as Juan Carlos helped me in making more mistakes than usual," said Nadal.

"That calmed me down early on. The draw wasn't kind to me putting me up against Ferrero on his home patch. But I think he was a bit nervous."

Ferrero said he "paid the price" for trying too hard and heads to Monte Carlo next week looking to improve.

"I felt uncomfortable out there throughout," he said. "I took too many risks and made too many mistakes."
:sobbing:

User id 7816
04-06-2005, 09:03 PM
just wanna forget this match.

Jogg
04-06-2005, 09:17 PM
:hug:But I am sure ,to be his fans we never lose hope on him in some corner of our hearts.

:hug: Luna you're right

roisin
04-06-2005, 09:59 PM
oooh *needs to fit that into sig* :hug:

JeLuliA88
04-07-2005, 01:37 AM
Poor JC... what a way to start the clay season.

Puschkin
04-07-2005, 07:10 AM
Poor JC... what a way to start the clay season.


The good thing is, it can only get better. This result is sad :sad: , but JCF is a determined player, he won't give up, so why should we?

Jam
04-07-2005, 07:38 AM
I don't know how did I feel??....cos I'm fan of them (Jc and Rafa)....but I think Jc is my best!!....so I hope he will playvery well in this season too!!.... pls cum back King of Clay!!!!
Vamos Juanqui!!!! ^_^

Ferrero Forever
04-07-2005, 10:05 AM
this aint a nice result at all-expect big things from Monte Carlo though

ayena
04-07-2005, 10:30 AM
Poor JC :crying2: :crying2:

~EMiLiTA~
04-07-2005, 11:06 AM
yikes...bad bad result :eek: ok, onto MC :rolleyes:

btw, here's an interview that Lisa found, done just before his Rafa match in Valencia. I've translated it for you guys. The original Spanish article can be found here: http://servicios.lasprovincias.es/valencia/pg050406/prensa/noticias/Deportes/200504/06/VAL-DEP-255.html

Juan Carlos Ferrero: lots of flatterers have vanished off the face of the earth during the bad times

The Valencian assures he's come out of the tunnel and is confident of getting back to where he was before. Nevertheless, he hasn't forgotten the many flatterers who "disappeared off the face of the earth" during the bad times.

What's your mental state like going into the Open?
I'm very strong mentally because I played pretty well in Miami. I feel confident. In any case, it's the first clay tournament and it's going to be very tough.

Do you see yourself fighting for the title or do you have to take it step by step?
You have to take it step by step, even more so with the first round that I've got because Nadal is a tough opponent.

What could happen today?
It also depends on how he is. I imagine he's physically tired and weary but Rafa is very strong and he recovers well. He's already done the South American circuit, where he played matches on clay and I don't think playing now on hard courts will have changed anything.

Did you see the end of the tunnel in Key Biscayne?
I've been out of the tunnel for a while. That was all last year and in 3 tournaments I've brought myself to 68. Little by little, I'm getting up there, until I get a tournament which goes above everything. It'll probably come now during the clay season.

How would you explain your decline to people after being number 1?
It's very easy. Not playing for 5 months, all the time losing all the points I had won, and not being able to defend the 1000 points at Roland Garros. It's simple.

After basically being a title contender in all tournaments, what's it like to lose early in them all now?
It's new to me. Now I'm a bit like I was when I was starting out, rising in the rankings. Until now, I had never gone down in the rankings, I was always in the Top 10 and now it's new ground for me. It's a different challenge and you have to confront it enthusiastically.

Will we ever see the best version of Ferrero again?
I think so. I don't think that, when you go down once, you have to stay there forever. I'm the same as before and I have the same level but, I mean, at the moment, I'm very behind, I play against seeds in the early rounds and you have to get through these rounds to try and get points.

Did you think about taking a few months off? How did it affect you emotionally?
Emotionally it's very hard to come back, but maybe I didn't drop because of playing badly, but because of everything that happened with chickenpox and the rib injury. They're inconveniences that you don't expect to encounter, but at the same time you also can't just jump over them because they come unexpectedly. You have to try and accept it and start from scratch like I've done.

Have the flatterers disappeared now in this period of lean years?
Many of them, yes, lots of people disappeared during the bad times. But everyone that loves me stayed with me. Although this isn't something that just happened to me, that always happens to tennis players who go up and then go down.

Who did you lean on in those tough times?
Well, my family, people that love me and work with me, my friends...

Businesswise, as owner of the Open, you must be satisfied. It's made a qualitative jump.
Good. Yesterday (Monday), lots of people came. Today we noticed a bit that some people had to go to work and every year we improve.

Which players could win?
The title could remain at home, by that I mean a Spanish player could win it. I would find it weird if a foreigner won it because it's the first (clay) tournament and the Spaniards always adapt a lot better.

Was it you who did negotiations directly with Kuerten so that he could come back in Valencia?
Yes.

How did it come about that he could play the Open?
He wanted to start during the clay season and this tournament suited him a lot, because to start off in Monte-Carlo without playing any matches beforehand is a bit tough. I spoke to him and he told me he'd come.

Do you think that he'll get back to where he was too?
If he recovers well, yes. The thing is, the injury is quite complex. It doesn't allow him to move freely. But if he's physically like he was before, of course. One never loses their tennis.

He, as compensation, he asked you to play an charity match in Brazil...
Yes, we're using it as an exchange.

You don't hesitate to participate in those kind of charity events...
No, of course not, why would I hesitate.

What alternatives do you see to Federer's supremacy?
He's a player that forces all of us to raise our level to beat him. I played against him recently in Dubai and I had my chances, but he's very confident, he plays well on all surfaces and it's very hard to beat him.

Will he be #1 for years?
Well, he obviously won't be able to defend the points he wins for ever and maybe when he loses in a tournament where he's defending a lot of points, maybe people will be able to catch him.

Was it necessary to tighten the reigns that much on the Tennis Club?
Some things happened and if it happened, it was because it was necessary. Soon we'll be alright again. They're things that happen between businesses, that everyone doesn't always agree on some things.

Are you all satisfied or not totally?
Now we're fine, after talking about it all, we're like we were before.

Is it sometimes necessary to be strong and put your foot down, like what's been done recently with the Valencia Tennis Club, the Spanish Federation elections, the G3 and the G2...?
There are times when people get on top of you and you have to put your foot down and say: I'm here! That's what we've done.

Were you hurt by not playing in the Davis Cup final?
Obviously I was really looking forward to playing. Because of the atmosphere, what it is, because of everything...but in the end I didn't play because of a hand problem, not because they took me out of the team. Nadal then played very well and won the rubber, and everything turned out well.

Can you win another "Salad bowl"?
Yes, why not, our team is pretty young and very strong.

Does Ferrero have a successor in the Valencia province?
I hope not yet. I've still got a few years left.

I refer to the future, if other alternatives exist.
I hope so. There are younger players, like Dani Gimeno, and others who are making their way up. David Ferrer is also a bit younger. I hope valuable players come from the Valencia province and that they rise in the rankings.

The Ferrero business is growing fast.
Yes. You have to do things gradually so I have things when I retire.

Do you invest according to advice you're given, or based on your own decisions?
With people in the know and who advise me the best.

The next thing is a luxury hotel in Bocairent.
It was a property I bought where, at first, we didn't know what to do. Then this idea came up. We'll do everything there, even wedding banquets.

Yours too?
No, no (laughs). It's still too soon.

ayena
04-07-2005, 11:36 AM
Thank you very much Emily :hug:

JCF_Passione
04-07-2005, 12:29 PM
cool Emily :hug:

User id 7816
04-07-2005, 03:17 PM
Thanx a lot Em, as long as JC is optimistic in these hard times, I guess we should all be... I so *hope* he'll be able to pull off some of his old form in the next couple of months.

Ferrero Forever
04-08-2005, 08:17 AM
that was a really nice interview-thanks

JeLuliA88
04-08-2005, 10:06 AM
at least he doesn't seem to be too bummed out.

~EMiLiTA~
04-08-2005, 03:06 PM
i think that interview was done before his match against Rafa

Booshie
04-08-2005, 04:31 PM
Thanks a lot for translating. :hug: Excellent interview :yeah:

Lynne
04-08-2005, 04:35 PM
Nice interview. He sounds optimistic so that's a good thing..

Mount Goddess
04-08-2005, 07:40 PM
Ohhh can I stay in that hotel??lol lol

ayena
04-09-2005, 04:24 PM
I know that Valencia has already ended and that you have probably seen this pics but you were talking about "lucky" (or maybe unlucky :confused: ) bandana so.....