Former world no. 3 David Ferrer finished his fantastic career back in May in front of the home fans at Madrid Masters. A Grand Slam finalist and the Masters 1000 champion had been one of the best players outside the 'Big 4' in the last 15 years or so, lifting 27 ATP trophies from 52 finals and scoring more than 300 Major and Masters 1000 wins combined!
Alongside his incredible ATP journey, David had always given his heart and soul while defending the colors of Spain in the Davis Cup, competing for ten years and delivering 28 victories from 33 rubbers. Ferrer was a member of the team that claimed three Davis Cup trophies, defeating the players like Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Gilles Simon, Juan Martin del Potro, John Isner and Tomas Berdych and scoring a decisive victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber in that epic clash against Germany last year in Valencia.
For all this, David received the Davis Cup Award of Excellence in Madrid at the same place where he ended a career, honored for everything he had achieved for promoting tennis worldwide. Inaugurated by the ITF and International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001, the Award of Excellence stands as one of the most prestigious honors in our sport, with Neale Fraser, John Newcombe, Manuel Santana, Goran Ivanisevic, Stan Smith, Guillermo Vilas, Manuel Orantes and Ivan Lendl on the honor roll list.
"I'm honored to receive the 2019 Davis Cup Award of Excellence from the Hall of Fame and ITF. It has been a privilege to play for my country for 13 years, and I have so many special memories, particularly the two titles in Barcelona and Seville.
I want to thank the Spanish Tennis Federation and all my teammates for their support and friendship, and I hope I can encourage the next generation of Spanish Davis Cup players," Ferrer said. "David Ferrer was a relentless competitor.
His commitment to excellence motivated his teammates, competitors, and younger generations," International Tennis Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin said. "There is no greater privilege and responsibility for an athlete than to represent one's country, and David represented Spain with great honor throughout his remarkable career.
David is the true embodiment of the Davis Cup spirit and a role model for all sportsmen. It is a pleasure to recognize his accomplished and inspiring career in Madrid with the Davis Cup Award of Excellence."