Former World No. 3 David Ferrer, of Spain recently took part in a Pro-Am padel tennis event which included several professional padel players, and reached the final of the event. The Spaniard spoke to Padel Magazine about his new hobby but added that he has no plans to play the sport professionally.
David Ferrer on playing padel tennis and his advice for youngsters
The Spaniard, who was known as one of the most hard-working players on the tour, says padel tenins is a hobby for him. "For me padel is a hobby, I have fun, that's what matters to me.
When my schedule allows it, I take the opportunity to play a little padel. In tennis you have to start as a kid, if you start later it's difficult. In padel, you can start at 14-15 years old, and play at a good level. I think people have more fun at padel because it is less demanding."
Ferrer said that while playing professional tennis helps those who want to play padel tennis, it is quite a different sport and he has no plans to play the sport professionally. "Of course, being a tennis player you can play a lot, but at the level of Juan or Fede, players who are at the top, it's very hard to keep up.
But hey, I had the opportunity to play with them and it went really well, so you just have to thank them for that." The Spaniard was also asked what advice he would give to younger players and says hard work and enjoying what you do are very important for success.
"I think it's like everything in life, to be one of the best in a field, you have to sacrifice a lot, work hard, but also work smart, and love what you do. Those who don't like their job, or who don't enjoy training, will have a lot more difficulty getting to the top.
My advice is: if you really like it, you have to try, accept that there are bad days, and always give your best." David Ferrer won 27 ATP singles titles during his career. He is currently coaching Top 10 player Alexander Zverev, of Germany.