by: TennisMood 16

David Ferrer

“Tennis doesn’t owe me anything. Tennis is one of the fairest sports. It’s given me so many extraordinary feelings!”

David Ferrer: Rules of Life(36 y.o.)
David Ferrer

Personal Facts


  • Full name is David Ferrer Ern.
  • Began playing tennis at age 8.
  • Born in Javea and at age 13 moved to Gandia.
  • In 1999, spent 9 months at Equelite, Juan Carlos Ferrero’s Academy in Villena.
  • Enjoys playing football and basketball as well.
  • An avid fan of Valencia and Barcelona FC.
David Ferrer image
  • Regarded as respectful, peaceful and shy person on the tour.
  • In 2006 achieved a top-10 ranking for the 1st time.
  • 3-time Davis Cup champion.
  • Growing up Sergi Bruguera was his tennis idol.
  • Arturo Perez-Reverte and Ildefonso Falcones are Ferrer's favorite novelists.
  • Most-liked book is Perez-Reverte's La Reina del Sur (Queen of the South).
  • Turned professional in 2000, finishing as world No. 419.
  • David Ferrer takes pleasure in reading and keeps every book: “I want to read books that will help me improve as a person and not just a tennis player".
  • Has notable success on all surfaces, but more known as a clay-court specialist.
  • All levels finalist (ATP 250, ATP 500, Masters 1000) except at a Grand Slam, and is widely considered one of the best players (won the most matches on the ATP tour without having won a Grand Slam, passing Brian Gottfried who held this record for 32 years).
  • To date has the 7th highest career prize money earnings of all time.
  • Admired for being one of the most tenacious, prompt, competitive and fit players on the tour.
  • Darren Cahill considers Ferrer and Novak Djokovic are the two best returners in the men's game, when Roger Federer regarded David as the best returner in the men's game.

David Ferrer's Family

 David Ferrer with wife photo
  • Jaime, father, is an accountant; Pilar, mother, is an elementary school teacher; elder brother, Javier.
  • Marta Tornel, wife (married Nov. 28, 2015) has a degree in Optometry and currently handles her family’s business in Benafaio as an optician.
  • The couple got acquainted by Ferrer’s coach Javier Piles and his wife who are also Marta’s close friends.
  • Coaching

  • Javier Piles, Ferrer’s coach.
  • Considers Javier Piles his second father.
  • Once, as a teen, when Ferrer did not want to practice well, Javier Piles, locked him in a dark 2m x 2m ball closet for 2 hours. David was fed up with tennis and went working at a construction site for a week,
    but then returned to Piles and asked to remain at the club. Piles continued to coach Ferrer until 2013.
  • In July 2013, Ferrer reached his career-high ranking of world No.3 despite sad December change, when they parted ways with his long-lasing coach Javier Piles, who had been his coach from the beginning of his career.

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