Former world number 1 returns to action after 4 and a half years!

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Former world number 1 returns to action after 4 and a half years!

Juan Carlos Ferrero, 37-year-old from Spain who won 16 ATP titles, including Roland Garros in 2003 (when he became the 21st world number 1 since 1973), will put his retirement on short hold next week, playing in the doubles at ATP 500 event in Barcelona with Pablo Carreno Busta.

Ferrero retired in 2012, playing his last tournament at home in Valencia, and he found a JC Ferrero Tennis Academy near Villena where he works with some big talents, including Carreno Busta. 12 out of 16 ATP titles for Ferrero came on his beloved clay and he claimed Barcelona crown in 2001, beating Carlos Moya in 5 sets, in the match that lasted 4 hours and 9 minutes! He also lost two finals, against Marat Safin in 2000 and Rafael Nadal in 2006.

In doubles, he played here twice, in 2002 and 2003 with Tommy Robredo, but they couldn't score any wins. Now, he will have a chance to improve that together with Pablo, but it will not be easy, as they have to play against Marcin Matkowski and Daniel Nestor, accomplished doubles specialists.

Their match is scheduled for Monday, as 4th on Pista 1, and it will be interesting to see how Juan Carlos will perform in his first competitive match in 4 and a half years. ALSO READ: ATP MONTE CARLO: Nadal dismantles Ramos-Vinolas to achieve the first modern tennis "Decima"