The beginnings to become a professional player
Juan Carlos Ferrero was born in Onteniente, (Valencian Community) on February 12th, 1980, in a modest family. He is the third son of Eduardo Ferrero, who is the owner of a small textile company, and Rosario Donat, he also has two older sisters; Ana and Laura Ferrero. His childhood has always been linked to sports; apart from tennis he also practiced football and frontenis.
Juan Carlos started to play tennis when he was 7 years old with his father. He was 10 when he found the man who has been his coach during his professional career, Antonio Martinez Cascales, who did everything he could to make him to become a champion. He trained in the academy of JCFerrero-Equelite in Villena (place which he has never wanted to leave despite the large numbers of offers to train in Barcelona and other places).
When he was 13 and 14, he was world champion twice; he won prestigious tournaments like “Les Petits Princes” (in Annecy, France) and “Les Petits As” (in Tarbes, France) in January of 1994.
His mother died when he was 16 and he thought for a moment to leave tennis but he decided to continue and dedicate her all his triumphs.
His junior career continued with the same force as in the lower categories, highlighting the final of Roland Garros junior in 1998 in which he was defeated by the Chilean Fernando González.
The years as a professional player
In 1998, he became a pro and quickly, he achieved a lot of good results which allowed him make an impressive leap in the ATP classification and he was 43 when the year 1999 finished, with two victories in Challengers (in Napolés and Maia) but the top of this year was the triumph in the tournament of Mallorca against Álex Corretja.
His first great leap to the fame was in 2000 when he became the hero of the first Spanish Davis Cup because he achieved the final point against Hewitt in Barcelona. From this point, his progress was meteoric and took him to the top in 2003 when he won Roland Garros and reached the final of U.S. Open. These results led him to be the number 1 of the ATP during September and October in 2003.
On September 5th, 2012, he announced he would retire from professional tennis after the Valencia Open that year. Thus, on October 23th, 2012, he ended his brilliant career in which he had won 16 ATP titles and three Davis Cups. His last singles match was played against his training partner Nicolás Almagro and his last doubles match was played with his friend David Ferrer.