September 27, 2019
David Ferrer and Mikhail Youzhny are newly removed from their days as ATP Tour competitors, but they’re making the transition to the ATP Champions Tour at the Legends Cup in Mallorca. Both men will make their ATP Champions Tour debut at the fourth event of the 2019 season, which runs from 3-6 October at the Palma Sport and Tennis Club.
Ferrer concluded his 19-year ATP Tour career in May at the Mutua Madrid Open. The Spaniard’s decorated career includes 27 ATP Tour singles crowns, including the 2012 Rolex Paris Masters, and a runner-up finish at 2013 Roland Garros. He also won three Davis Cup titles and peaked at No. 3 in the ATP Rankings. Ferrer produced wins this year over current Top 10 players Alexander Zverev and Roberto Bautista Agut, making him a major contender for the title in Mallorca.
Youzhny, affectionately known as “The Colonel,” gave his final salute on the ATP Tour last September in St. Petersburg. The Russian lifted 10 ATP Tour singles titles and peaked at No. 8 in the ATP Rankings in 2008. He’s perhaps best known for his Davis Cup heroics in 2002, winning the live fifth rubber in that year’s final by rallying from two sets down to defeat Paul-Henri Mathieu and clinch the title for Russia.
Several other legends of the sport will join Ferrer and Youzhny in Mallorca, including 2016-2017 champion Carlos Moya, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Mats Wilander, Goran Ivanisevic and Thomas Enqvist. Ferrero took the title in June at the Brodies Tennis Invitational, while Wilander joined Jonas Bjorkman in leading Team Sweden to victory that same month at the Svaneholm Open.
The Legends Cup celebrates its fifth year on the ATP Champions Tour and has hosted numerous players who won Grand Slam titles and reached No. 1 in the ATP Rankings. Past champions include Moya, Alex Corretja and Tommy Haas.