For 18 years, David Ferrer has graced the tour with his fiery personality and presence. However, this US Open may be his last Grand Slam, as the Spaniard has said he is retiring after either Madrid or Barcelona in 2019.
David Ferrer plans on this being his last Rogers Cup. At the age of 36, he plans on playing one last Grand Slam at the US Open, then retiring at home next year after either Madrid or Barcelona.— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) August 6, 2018
Ferrer told me he is "happy" with his decision and career. "I love tennis," he said.
Ferrer has been a mainstay on the ATP Tour deep into his 30s. Smilar to Roger Federer and Ivo Karlovic, he's a player who loves the game too much to leave. Ferror played 50 straight Grand Slams before having to withdraw from Wimbledon in 2015 because of an elbow injury.
This year's Rogers Cup will also be his last, and it didn't have a happy ending. He lost to American Bradley Klahn in straight sets. This is the first time in his career that he lost to a qualifier in an ATP Masters 1000 tournament.
The news of Ferrer's retirement did not go over well on social media.
So David Ferrer is retiring from tennis. pic.twitter.com/AZzlkvtSRw— Stella ???????? (@storacle) August 7, 2018
David Ferrer said he is retiring in 2019 he had an amazing career. I believe that Ferrer is the best male player never to win a slam. Ferrer reached number 3 in the world over $30 million in prize money and one slam final. And Ferrer is only five foot nine. Sad career is over.— OrvilleLloydDouglas (@OrvilleLloyd) August 6, 2018
Woah! David Ferrer to retire after US Open! Wow!— Tennis Wonka (@Tennis_Wonka) August 7, 2018
The 36-year-old is ranked No. 69 in the rankings.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev headline the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Watch live coverage from four courts on Tennis Channel Plus beginning Monday, August 6th at 11:00 A.M.