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Ferrero eyes hotel business

2012-05-27 17:30

Paris - Former French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero admitted on Sunday that he is more likely to be running a hotel in 2016 than following fellow veteran Roger Federer's dream of making the Rio Olympics.

Ferrero, 32, is a former world No 1 but his ranking has slipped to 41 after failing to win a match all year until reaching the third round in Rome two weeks ago.

After 14 years on the tour, he knows the end of the road isn't too far away and will make a decision on whether or not to keep playing at the end of the year.

"Everything will depend on how fit I feel. If I feel in good shape and if I still feel motivated, and I'll also take a look at my ranking," said the Spaniard.

"If I am at 80, 100, and I have to fight in the qualification rounds (and) after such a career, I can't start back from scratch.

"So my intention was to continue playing till the end of this year. As from the beginning of October, I'll see how things go, and at the end of the year, if I'm ranking 25th or 30th, I'll continue.

"But if my ranking goes down to slot 80, 90, maybe I'll quit."

Ferrero already owns a hotel at the foot of the Mariola Mountain, close to the tennis academy which bears his name in Valencia.

"I think there is a long life after tennis, so I've been prepared for this in the last four, five years, doing something like the hotel or the academy or the tournament in Valencia," he said.

Ferrero reached the second round at Roland Garros on Sunday, beating French wildcard Jonathan Dasnieres de Veigy 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 and will meet Croatian 21st seed Marin Cilic for a place in the last 32.

AFP