7 Jan 2019

End Of An Era For David Ferrer

by Rhonda Karl
End Of An Era For David Ferrer

Tennis fans are encouraged to come out and see David Ferrer in his last appearance the ASB Classic after the humble Spaniard announced that the 2019 season would be his last and the ASB Classic is part of his farewell tour.

Ferrer has already captured four titles at the ASB Classic and sits alongside Australian Roy Emerson as the tournament’s most successful ever champion. A fifth title would be well deserved for the loyal Spaniard and a fitting way to sign off his relationship with Auckland.
Ferrer has appeared 14 times at the ASB Classic and has been one of the stalwarts of the tournament, becoming a loyal champion on the Tour and helping the ASB Classic become a must-play tournament.

Tomorrow, 36-year old Ferrer plays last year’s semi-finalist Robin Hasse. With both men playing similar baseline styles, it’s sure to be a battle of power. It’s sure to be an exciting match up, and fans are encourages to come out and show their support of this player who as shown so much love to Auckland and the ASB Classic.

Ferrer’s match is scheduled second up on the day session, and will be followed by Kiwi wildcard Rubin Statham taking on the sixth seed Hyeon Chung.  The young Korean is a superstar in his homeland and a rising star on the tour, taking out the Next Gen title in 2017.

The evening session will be headlines by Kiwi grand slam champion Michael Venus and his partner Raven Klassen as they take to centre court for their first match of the tournament. Venus has won the ASB Classic previously taking out the title in 2016, and Venus and Klassen qualified for the ATP Tour Final last year after a successful year on the Tour which saw them reach the final of Wimbledon.

Kiwi  Rubin Statham will take to the court for a second time, pairing up with ex-pat Cameron Norrie  in the doubles and taking on Guido Pella and Joao Sousa out on Grandstand court.