Ferrer Presented with Manaia
The NZ Festival of Tennis has honoured four-time Heineken Open, David Ferrer, who is back to defend his 2013 title.
The French Open finalist and current world number three first came to the Heineken Open in 2013, when he was ranked world number 58- ten years on, 2014 marks his 10th visit to the tournament.
Ferrer was honoured for his dedication and commitment to the Heineken Open tournament, with a special presentation of a Maori Manaia from Aotearoa Maori Tennis, along with a Powhiri.
The 2014 tournament presents an exciting opportunity for Ferrer who looks to become the greatest ever Heineken Open champion, if he claims the 2014 title and surpasses the feats of Australian legend Roy Emerson in the 1960's- the pair both currently stand at four Heineken Open titles.
Ferrer plays his first match tonight on Centre Court, against the USA's Donald Young.