Posts Tagged ‘off court’

18th September
2005
written by kat

original article from sohu.com – translated by kat
18 September 2005
Yesterday afternnon Ferrero was at the hotel restaurant enjoying “coffee time”. (ed: I’m guessing this would be like afternoon tea time or similar) Maybe it was because he reached the semi finals he was in a good mood and allowed the journalist to approach and chat with him. On the one hand Ferrero was drinking his coffee, and on the other he was reading a thick novel. When the journalist was curious to know what that book is, Ferrero politely turned it over for the journalist to see. It was another bestselling novel by the “Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown – “Deception Point”. When Ferrero realised the journalist also knows Dan Brown, he seemed very happy. But maybe he was too intrigued by the storyline he quickly went back to reading the novel.
*Original article (in Chinese) can be found here*

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17th September
2005
written by kat

original article from sohu.com – translated by kat
17 September 2005
Even though the organisers have arranged for Nadal to have his own private shower room, Nadal had never used it. According to some tournament volunteers, maybe it was because he felt too bored using his private room. Every time after practice or a match, he would go to the public shower room (shared with other players). Plus he also liked to talk to other players, although his English is not very good.
However another Spaniard, Ferrero’s habits are very different. Ferrero has high standards for the little things. Other players wouldn’t mind using the toiletries supplied by the hotel but Ferrero had never touched them. He only uses his own shampoo and shower gel brought from Spain. Plus he had rules about not giving autographs to staff after intervews which disappointed many people.
*Original article (in Chinese) can be found here*

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1st June
2004
written by kat

from Tennis Life Magazine by Eleanor Preston
June 2004
Watching Juan Carlos Ferrero shaping up to hit one of his trademark blistering forehands is a fascinating sight. He stands his ground, legs taut and eyes on the ball, and just when you think he’s going to whack seven bells out of it, everything goes into slow motion. At that moment, as he makes contact, he is suddenly gentle, as though stroking a sleeping kitten.
Of course there’s nothing remotely gentle about it by the time it comes cannoning over the net, as all Ferrero’s opponents can testify. Of all the skills Ferrero has in his talented hands, it’s the forehand that took him to the top of the world rankings and won him the French Open title last year, and it’s the forehand that may count as the most penetrating weapon when he returns to Paris to defend his title.
However, Ferrero is anything but a one-trick pony. There’s the serve, the movement, the glacial coolness under pressure and most of all the belief that it’s his destiny to be this good.
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1st March
2004
written by kat

from Ace Magazine – special thanks to Kiara for typing it up!
March 2004
>> Scans from the magazine
“Inconspicuous” would be the kindest way to describe the small bungalow that Juan Carlos Ferrero lives in at his tennis academy in central Spain. So modest that if the local estate agent were to stick a photo of it up in his shop window it would barely catch the eye of a passer by.
It’s a nondescript, two bedroom, peach coloured building over looking a flat, featureless farmland.
When he’s not on tour this is where the world number 3 spends most of his time. And he doesn’t even live there alone- he shares accommodation with Israel’s Matos Gil, ranked 598 on the ATP computer.
To be fair Ferrero also owns a rather large home in Valencia which far more befits his status as a millionaire several times over. But when he’s training at the academy – The JC Ferrero Equelite Acedemia de Tenis- The French Open champion likes to keep things unpretentious.
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1st March
2004
written by kat

from Ace Magazine
March 2004
Ace asks six of the world’s top players how they used the winter break to get ready for 2004.
Juan Carlos Ferrero
“This past winter I didn’t have so much time to work a lot. I started on December 15, so I only had three weeks’ holiday after the Masters Cup. I worked hard in the gym, to develop my power. After a week of very hard work in the gym, I started to practice my tennis, day-to-day more hours. Finally, I began to practice normally.”

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26th February
2004
written by kat

from the official ATP Tennis website
26 February 2004
Ferrero went to visit the port of the Vallon des Auffes as well as the giant poster of French soccer star Zinedine Zidane on the Corniche. The Spaniard also attended an interview and photo shoot with La Provence newspaper, the biggest daily in Marseille, which made the front page…
>> You can find the photo of JC with the Zidane poster here

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