jeudi 24 novembre 2011

Juan Carlos interview

Here's an interview from Juan Carlos found on a Spanish website . Juan speaks about this season and 2012 . Enjoy !
*Located at number 50 of the world rankings, the former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero says that if the injuries will respect him he has the "tennis" to enter the Top 25.
Q: Some injuries have been frustrated you and even you have contemplated leaving tennis. It has not been an easy season for you, as you have had to recover from an operation on your left knee and could not play many tournaments. Still, the results have been quite good with the title in Stuttgart, the quarters in the Godo or fourth round of the U.S. Open. How do you analyze your season already?
JCF: "I think the most important was to be in best form and getting results, because the work was there. It really has been hard, but I think if injuries respect me , I have still room to continue to improve."
Q: If injuries have respected  you  Throughout your career, could have we talking about a different Ferrero ?
JCF: "That'll never know. Yes it's true, sometimes  I've been unlucky in the subject of injuries, but well, hopefully now the better is to come ." 
Q: It must be frustrating for an elite tennis to live with so many injuries .it might be one of the most difficult moments career of an athlete ?
JCF: "we can feel very frustrated and even hangs out your head constantly in the shadow of leave the court. All fruit of your own disappointment of not being able to do what you like. Still, you have to keep fighting to try out the hole as soon possible.
Q: Your great time playing has not left no one indifferent, you have known to adapt your tennis game to the one of today, what is your secret?, 
JCF: "No doubt it's work and daily effort. It's something important that all young players should understand. With the physical features now required , you can not stay asleep or pass all over you. It's something we try to work also with all the boys and girls who are in my academy in Villena."
Q: What are your goals for the next season?
JCF: "For now i don't have any objectives. Indeed, if all goes well, I think I have tennis enough to be within the top 25 again."
Q: Later this year the Davis cup final will be played , the options to be selected in the four players are very remote, do you plan to attend with the team to support them in Sevilla? 
JCF: "I do not really know if I'll have something to do or not during that time, but certainly I'll ssupport my colleagues ."
Q: Speaking of Davis Cup finals, what memories brings you the final of Barcelona, where you were one of the great architects of the Spanish victory ? JCF: "It was a nice feeling. Get a win for your country is fantastic and if you get over the first Davis for Spain, it's even better."
Q: That victory gave you great confidence in your tennis and you began a numeric career , culminating with a win at Roland Garros, U.S. Open final, 4 Masters 1,000 and the number one place . what are your memories of it ?
JCF: "As always, everything is based on work and daily discipline. Those moments are very great but we can not be in the past and that is why we must continue working, even now that we are almost all on vacation."
Q: During your career as a professional , you had your best results in the south American tournaments grounds , what's what is there to play your best tennis? JCF: "Undoubtedly the surface. I think all Spanish players are good on the clay and this is a good account of track record demonstrates the great Spanish in all these tournaments."
Q: Although in recent years you've played quite well on grass and hard courts ?
JCF: "It's a different game, it needs to be more decisive at all times and pull forwards. I have always described myself as someone who has tried to play aggressively, without having waiting the unforced errors. I think this can be one of the keys."
Q: Speaking of grass, next year there'll be in London the Olympians Games. Would you like to be in the Spanish team? 
JCF: "Represent Spain in any tournament is always an important thing for any player, so certainly I would like to be inside as the rest of my teammates."
Q: the games are the priority in the agenda players like Federer and Roddick, who have their main objective here before a possible departure from the competition. In your case, do you think it will be the final appointment of your career?
JCF: "I think not. If injuries respect me , I'll try to move forward in the professional world for at least two or three years."
Q: As happens to Roddick, would you mind when people want you to retire before time?
JCF: "It's a trend around the world. When you are at a certain age the people think you are no longer able to follow playing at that level. I think it is wrong on many occasions."
Q: you are a player who is very active, as well as being in the circuit, co-owns the Valencia Open 500 and has several businesses including a tennis academy. How did the idea starting for the academy?
JCF: "The idea came through my coach and currently director of the academy, Antonio Martínez Cascales. In 1995, with an idea to have a training for a fairly high level group, we built two courts in one place near Villena. That began to grow to what we currently have, an academy at the highest level, with 20 courts, home, gym, field golf, swimming pools, parks, etc.."
Q: There are many players who have chosen your academy facilities to come to train and prepare the clay season, what do they bring to the academy ?
JCF: "I think what is important is that we never changed the philosophy of the center since this opened. We only accept 40 players at once, to give the highest possible quality , from offices, maintenance or coaches, can meet all players and the relationship of a family as possible."
To finish 10  short questions: 
1. Match that you remember most with pride :
at Roland Garros and Davis cup in Barcelona.
 2. Worst game you have played: 
against Fognini in Rome some years ago. I not found my place on the court any time. 
3. Mania in the competition:
4. How do you concentrate yourself before a match : 
I like being in the locker room with my coach, calm, relaxed.
5. Rival you would not like to be measured: 
none in particular. Each match is different. 
6. Top forehand of the circuit: 
Fernando Gonzalez.
7. Best backhand: 
8. Better service:
9. Rival most complete :
David Ferrer. 
10. Friends in the circuit: 
no doubt one of my classmates since childhood: David Ferrer. Still, I think that the relationship with all the Spanish players is very good.
(original interview in Spanish here : )

mardi 22 novembre 2011

Juan in Valencia !

During his three matches, I found Juan Carlos very nervous, no doubt due to the fact that he played in front of his audience and he wanted to do well since it was pretty gone wrong in the last two editions. But apart from the stress Juan nevertheless achieved great things on his land, I especially appreciated his net play and passing shots always beautiful. Juan has also regained the strength in the service even though I think he should work a little more this sector. The only regret  Juan might have is to have loose the second set against Bogomolov, which would have probably allowed him to be less tired in the quarter-final against Monaco! Nevertheless Juan gave everything even against Monaco except that the Argentine player is very hard to play because he has a powerful game especially indoor. But by his own admission, Juan said after the match that even he lost , it has been his best match of the tournament because he was more relaxed and focused on his game.
 Juan goes off Valencia with a quarter and a promise to do better in 2012 !
- Here is his draw : 
First Round :
Juan beats Igor Kunitsyn 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) Second Round :
Juan beats Alex Bogomolov Jr. 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-2 
 Quarter finals :
Juan beaten by Juan Monaco 3-6, 3-6

vendredi 4 novembre 2011

The 2011 valencia open 500 draw

It's time for the tournament in Valencia, Juan Carlos tournament in association with David Ferrer, Juan home tournament ! This year Juan would like to do well since it was not very well the last 2 years. For once Juan Carlos has a not too bad draw so I hope very much that Juan will go as far as possible! 
Here is the draw : 
1FERRER, David
VERDASCO, Fernando
Q Pospisil Vasek 
Isner, John 
Q Mahut, Nicolas 
GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo 
Davydenko, Nikolay 
5 SIMON, Gilles 
ALMAGRO 4, Nicolas
Q Kunitsyn, Igor 
FERRERO, Juan Carlos 
Bogomolov, Alex 
8 LOPEZ, Feliciano 
7 Dolgopolov, Alexandr 
Cilic, Marin 
Raonic, Milos 
CHELA, Juan Ignacio 
Montanes, Albert 
3 Monfils, Gael 
6 Del Potro, Juan Martin 
Tursunov, Dmitry 
Gulbis, Ernest
WC MARTI, Javier 
2 TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried

jeudi 3 novembre 2011

Gracias China !

Hey everyone! 
I'm in hurry because I have to come back to the gym again. Till the end of the week I will be getting recoveres from my injury in my ankle after my sprain in the match against Ferrer. Putting this part our, I am really glad of the results got in Shanghai and Pekin due to I felt like at home. In addition, my fans in China are incredible. I felt a big support from them during this last 2 weeks and I felt like at home. Next Friday I will decide if I'm travellin to Viena for my next tournament or instead of this I stay at Equelite for getting fit for the Valencia Open. I couldn't play this tournament last year and it was a big pitty. Now it's time to continue working!! Once more, thank you so much for all your support and big hugs!!

Juan Carlos in Shanghai !

for this Master Series Juan Carlos reached the 3rd round unfortunately beaten by his friend David Ferrer mainly due to a small injury that Juan had in the match (he twisted his ankle while trying to return a ball) 
- 1st round: 
Juan beats Mikhail Youzhny 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 
- 2nd round: 
Juan beats Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 - 3rd round: 
Juan defeated by David Ferrer 6-1 5-7 2-6

Juan Carlos in Beijing !

For his return to Asia, Juan Carlos reached the quarterfinals of the tournament in Beijing, tournament he likes a lot. 
Here's his journey: 
- 1st round: 
Juan beats Thomaz Bellucci 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) - 2nd round: 
Juan beats Marcel Granollers 6-4, 6-4 
- 1/4: 
Juan beaten by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 4-6

mercredi 2 novembre 2011

Back from Us Open

Hello everyone. What about the summer? Hope everything had been great and you had been following the whole American tennis tour. From me, after the first rounds in Montreal and Cincinati I was a little bit scared because of things which could have happened in New Your because I was also feeling pain on my hips. I think that all that time without playing had been the problem for this first matches but after being defeated so early it was turn to start winning. In first round I played against my friend Pablo Andujar. It was not an easy match although in the previous one I beated him by 64 60 in the final of the Stuttgart tournament but this time it was different: hard court, gran slam, etc. and we could see this change in the first set when he beated me by 61. But I couldnt lose again. I came up and won the next to be finally in second roung after winning the 5th set. Next step was the really hard one. I had to win a top 10 again. It was a long time since my last match against one of them and the one I had to play with wasn't the easiest: Gael Monfils. A really fast player who fight for every point and a hard part: he was the 7th seeded player of the draw. In addition, I was feeling so much pain on my feet and hands because of big blisters and my hip. Everybody around thought he will be the winner of the match and all the bets where against me but it was my chance to come back. I was feeling the oportunity of doing somethings big again. Later, in front of press I told a big truth: when things goes well pain is less. I was beating him even feeling pain but my mind was extremely positive! In third round, a new Spanish again, Marcel. He has to go before finishing the match in the second set. It has been a really hard US open for a lot of players. With all this matches on my legs I was playing versus Tipsarevic, showing a great tennnis level. The turning point was in the third set. I was feeling so much pain but if I had won that set I would have tried to make a break on Tipsarevic serve and keep mine in any way but I was exhausted. I am so so happy because of my last results that I had to continue: I COULDN'T RETIRE FROM THE TOURNAMENT! I want to thank you so much because of all your support by social networks and my blogsite. In addition, say thank to all the players and staff of my Academy in Alicante who was following the whole tournament and sending me SMS to my cell mobile everyday winning or losing and Rafa Nadal, David Ferrer and Feli who also told me congs after my victory over Monfils. Because of this I am trying to be ready as soon as possible of my hurts to be back for the Asiatic tour in the best performance. Big hugs for all and all my best!!

Juan Carlos à l'Us Open !

Juan Carlos had a very good run at the Us Open, having reached the 4th round by beating the way the French Gael Monfils, seeded in this tournament. Here are his career: 
- First Round :  Juan beats Pablo Andujar 1-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 
- Second Round :
juan beats Gael Monfils 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4 
- Third Round :
Juan beats Marcel Granollers (31) 6-1, 4-3 ret 
- Fourth Round :
Juan beaten by Janko Tipsarevic 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 2-6