PARIS - MAY 28: Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain plays a forehand during the men's singles second round match between Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain and Pere Riba of Spain on day six of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 28, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The Spanish clay court specialist won the 2003 French Open and was briefly the No. 1 ranked player in the world.
Juan Carlos Ferrero, the 2003 French Open champion once ranked No. 1 in the world, announced his retirement from the game of tennis on Wednesday:
2003 French Open champ Juan Carlos Ferrero says Valencia will be his final tournament. The ATP just got a little less classy.— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) September 12, 2012
Ferrero, a 32-year old from Spain, was dubbed "The Mosquito" for his speed and slight build. He was a clay court specialist, but in his prime, his game was refined enough to go all the way to the finals of the 2003 U.S. Open, where he lost to Andy Roddick.
His peak, however, was cut short by the advent of a new era in men's tennis in the middle of the 2000's, when bigger and more well-rounded players like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal began to dominate the major championships.
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