Posts Tagged ‘Valencia’

30th November
2012
written by kat

I’m sorry it had taken me this long to start writing this! It has already been 2 weeks since I got back and I had just been procrastinating. >< It’s really difficult to write since a lot had happened in the 11 days we spent in Valencia and I’m fairly certain I had forgotten a lot of the details. Ah well, my reports have always been rather crappy anyway. (Maybe someone here will remember the ones I wrote from 2004/5 which were super fangirl-y to put it lightly!!!)

 

Maybe it’ll be easier if I start by writing about the tournament itself. 🙂 I have never been to Valencia (or Spain, or Europe) before so I can only compare it with other tournaments in Australia/New Zealand. Since it’s an ATP tournament (by that I mean – mens only) it’s fairly small which is good for fans (or just people like me) who really don’t like walking around too much. 😛 There is one main court (L’Àgora) and Pista 1 – which (I heard) was temporarily constructed just for the tournament. The Agora is a part of the City of Arts and Sciences – one of Valencia’s main tourist attractions and if anyone had seen the pictures, it’s worth visiting whether you are a tennis fan or not. 😉

 

Most of the matches are played in the Agora, and outside there’s a “Fun Park” where various sponsors have stands to promote their products. There’re also bars which I think sold snacks – for anything substantial the nearby Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe (let’s call it the Science Museum) has a restaurant and cafe. Interestingly, they also made room for three practice courts inside the Science Museum, and the rooftop area was where the photoshoots / press stuff were held.

 

 

I don’t know if they do this every year… but in the Corporate / VIP area they had some of JC’s trophies on display, including his World Number 1, Roland Garros and Davis Cup trophies. I took two photos of the 2001 Dubai one because…hrm, it says doubles??? LOL.

 

 

I promise the next post will actually include JCF!!!

12th September
2012
written by kat

If you’re here, you might have heard that JCF has announced his retirement from tennis – his last tournament will be at Valencia.

 

 

By some weird twist of fate – I had actually decided to go to Valencia this year… (I think there will be some gross sobbing from me, after all, I’ve watched him since 2001 and this website has been ‘online’ since 2002) How time flies.

 

THIS IS JUST AN IDEA FLOATING IN MY HEAD AT THE MOMENT – but is anyone interested in a “Messages to JC” type project? As the fans’ gift to him…for one last time? Let me know in the comments!

17th April
2004
written by kat

from the official Valencia tournament website
17 April 2004
In the first semifinal of the II Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana, 20-year-old Fernando Verdasco needed only 60 minutes to stun top-seed and defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-2, 6-1, reaching his second career ATP-level final in the process.
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15th April
2004
written by kat

from the official Valencia tournament website
15 April 2004
Top seed and defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero lived up to the home crowd’s expectations when he defeated Czech Jan Vacek 6-3, 7-5 to advance to the quarterfinals of the II Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana Thursday. Ferrero now has three quarterfinal appearances in five events this season, but is still looking for his first title since lifting the Valencia trophy in 2003.
In the next round the 24-year-old Spaniard takes on Croatian Mario Ancic, who found himself among the final eight after scoring a 7-5, 6-2 win over No. 8 seed Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo. This is the 20-year-old Monte Carlo resident’s second quarterfinal effort of the season following his career-first appearance in an ATP final in Milan in February (l. to Antony Dupuis).
“It was a tough match, because Ruben is a clay court player. But I think I was playing very well,” said Ancic after the win. “I was doing the things I needed to do, playing from the back but also looking to come in,” continued the Croatian.
Ancic is looking for revenge against the Spaniard after having lost to him on two occasions in 2003.
“I’ve lost twice against him. This is his home, and I know there will be lots of people on his side. No matter what, I will have to play a little better in the quarterfinals, but I’m feeling good.”

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13th April
2004
written by kat

from the official Valencia tournament website
13 April 2004
Top seed and defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero advanced to the second round of the the II Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana on Tuesday, scoring a comfortable 6-2, 7-5 win over close friend and wild card Israel Matos Gil. The 21-year-old Spaniard is a member of the Academia Equelite-Juan Carlos Ferrero in Villena and made his debut at an ATP-level event this week.
This was Ferrero’s first ATP clay court event of the season and over the weekend he led Spain to a 4-1 victory over the Netherlands at the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Palma de Mallorca, winning his two singles matches.
The Spaniard holds a 12-4 match record for the season but has yet to win an ATP title in 2004. His best effort is a final appearance in Rotterdam, where he lost to Lleyton Hewitt in the final. Last year he claimed four titles in as many as seven finals, including Roland Garros, his first Grand Slam crown, the ATP Masters Series event in Monte-Carlo, and Valencia.
Ferrero’s opponent in the second round is Czech Jan Vacek, a player he defeated in four sets in his opening round match at the US Open last year.

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4th May
2003
written by kat

from Reuters
4 May 2003
VALENCIA, Spain, May 4 (Reuters) – Local hero Juan Carlos Ferrero breezed to a 6-2 6-4 victory over Christophe Rochus to win the inaugural Valencia Open on Sunday.
Ferrero, born just outside Valencia in Onteniente and the top seed at his home-town tournament, broke twice at the start of the match for a 4-0 love lead against the unseeded Belgian.
From then on the result was never in doubt, as Ferrero clinched the first set and moved smoothly into a 4-2 lead in the second to set up an overwhelming victory that completed his record of not having lost a set at the tournament.
It was a second clay-court title of the season for Ferrero, who won the Monte Carlo Masters last month and also reached the semi-finals in Barcelona last week.
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