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6th June
2003
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from ATP Insider
->> – OFF TO THE RACES…JUAN CARLOS FERRERO took some time off prior to the start of his Roland Garros campaign to visit close friend Sete Gibernau at the Le Mans race track near Paris. Gibernau won an impressive race and Ferrero saw all of it from the Telefonica Movistar box as a guest of Gibernau and Dorna. “This is as exciting as a five-set match,” said Ferrero, who takes on Albert Costa in the semifinals Friday. “Every time I came to see Sete he ended up not finishing the race. Now he not only finished but also won it. It is unbelievable.”

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8th May
2003
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Tournament Tales
from ATP Insider
8th May 2003
TOURNAMENT TALES
->> – IN ROME: Spanish stars JUAN CARLOS FERRERO and CARLOS MOYA took in some of the sights in Rome during the Telecom Italia Masters. Ferrero was given a tour of some of the city’s most famous landmarks, while Moya took time out on Monday to go shopping at the famous Georgio Armani store.
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1st May
2003
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from ATP Insider
1 May 2003
->> – BURNING RUBBER: the CAM Open Comunidad in Valencia, top seed JUAN CARLOS FERRERO joined Spanish golfing star SERGIO GARCIA at the Circuito Ricardo Tornos, Valencia’s famous racing track which played host to the World Superbike Championship in March 2003.
The Valencian sports stars met at the circuit – which is located in Cheste about 20 kilometres from Valencia Capital – to race official cars of the tournament up to speeds of 190 kph on the twisty circuit. Joining them were MARKUS HIPFL, SARGIS SARGSIAN and wild card GUILLERMO GARCIA-LOPEZ, along with tournament director MIGUEL MAESO and Ferrero’s coach ANTONIO MARTINEZ.
“One of my greatest passions apart from tennis is speed,” said Ferrero. “Normally, I can’t find the time to get to a race track. It was a great experience to go out there and test the cars and the circuit. Pushing myself and driving at extreme speeds actually relaxes me on a tennis court.” Garcia, currently at No. 11 in golf’s official world rankings, said: “I love racing cars and I am a big tennis fan. Combining the two things today was something special.” Hipfl added: “You don’t realise when you are in the official cars travelling to and from the club, but they are very fast. There were a lot of bends on the circuit, but we still managed to reach 180-190 kmh on the short straights. We were really pushing the cars to the limit.” After burning rubber on the track, they entered the circuit’s clubhouse to sample the famous Valencian dish, seafood Paella.

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15th October
2002
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Taken from the official TMS Madrid website
15 October 2002
Spain’s tennis sensation Juan Carlos Ferrero and American Andy Roddick took part in an early morning tour of Madrid Monday in a 1954 Mercedes-Benz Adenauer roadster, as part of a promotion to launch the inaugural Tennis Masters Madrid.
Cruising with the cabriolet top down, the two popular stars traveled in style to the famous Palacio de Oriente, a royal palace, via the Gran Vía. Also joining Roddick and Ferrero on the Mercedes-Benz tour was Manolo Santana, the tournament director. Roddick and Ferrero are just two of the big names in the main singles draw at this year’s Madrid event, which begins with first-round action Monday.

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9th May
2002
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Taken from the Official ATP Tour website
Extract from ATP Insider – 9 May 2002
TOURNAMENT TALES
IN ROME…Italy’s DAVIDE SANGUINETTI was a guest on the Buona Domenica show on Canale 5 with popular Italian presenter Maurizio Costanzo on Sunday afternoon. At the end of his appearance, Sanguinetti presented Costanzo with a racquet and invited him to play tennis. … MARAT SAFIN fought his way through the crowds to sign autographs at La Gazzetta dello Sport stand, where there were hundreds of fans chanting his name as they waited for him to arrive. … Players practicing at the Due Ponti Club donated items to the Tennis for Africa charity. The ‘Tennis Day Africa’ was organized to raise funds to build schools and hospitals in Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Guinea Bussau. Players taking part included DAVIDE SANGUINETTI, MOSE NAVARRA, MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS, JAMES BLAKE, FEDERICO LUZZI, HICHAM ARAZI, THOMAS JOHANSSON, ALBERT PORTAS, SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN, JUAN CARLOS FERRERO and ALBERT COSTA.
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