May 25, 2019
The Brodies Tennis Invitational is less than a month away, and fans have plenty to be excited for with former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero leading the way. But you may be surprised what the 2003 Roland Garros champion is bringing besides his tennis racquets; he’s bringing his golf clubs, too.
“Since 2000, I started playing golf because I’d just met [Spanish golfer] Sergio Garcia for the first time because he enjoys playing tennis and I started a big relationship with him since then,” Ferrero said. “I started playing golf and it’s a sport that I usually play when I have some time. Of course, since there’s a golf course… it’s a big opportunity to play there.”
Professional tennis players spend countless hours on court and in the gym to work on their fitness. But 16-time tour-level titlist Ferrero says that when time allows, a hobby outside of tennis could be important to help on-court performance.
“Golf is something that reduces stress in a lot of ways. It’s a sport that also helps you stay calm, focused and sometimes is similar to tennis,” Ferrero said. “Definitely it’s something that when I was playing, when I had some time to play, I used to play very often.”
Ferrero will try to win another ATP Champions Tour title, having most recently triumphed at Champions Tennis in the final event of the 2018 season. It will be his first time competing at the Gleneagles Hotel.
“I never played in Scotland, so I think it’s going to be beautiful,” Ferrero said. “They told me the place is beautiful and I’m going to love it so I’m definitely very excited to play another time on the Champions Tour.”
Ferrero is certainly busy in the tennis world, even if he did not play at Delray Beach, the first event of 2019. He is the general manager of the JC Ferrero-Equelite Sport Academy, a high performance tennis academy in Spain. Ferrero takes pride in spending a lot of time with the juniors and getting to know them on a personal level, as well as helping them with their game.
“I think it’s important for kids who were watching me or any other tennis players on the TV that you can give them the experience that you left on the court. For example, at the academy in the summer, we have a lot of kids and every two weeks we have a meeting and they can ask questions,” Ferrero said. “You can see that the kids are very interested in it: Who are the players you played the most or who were the toughest players? You can see that people like to know more than what they could read in newspapers, or in the magazines. They can feel it. So I think it’s very important to pass all the experience that I had on the court to some of the kids.”
The itch to compete never quite goes away for Ferrero, though, and he is excited to put on a show in Scotland. While he does hit plenty at the academy, competing is different altogether, and it never gets old.
“When we retire, playing in front of the people, playing on a full court, enjoying it all is something that we miss a lot because you don’t compete, you don’t play any more matches,” Ferrero said. “So when we have the opportunity to be in there again on the court with a lot of people watching us, it’s something of course we miss. This is something that we like.”