Garros Tennis Interviews
at Paris, France
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Juan Carlos Ferrero
Q. What happened? Why did you withdraw?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Because my leg hurts a lot, and
that's the reason why. I've suffered this pain for
quite a while. I thought I had recovered for this
tournament, but I played my first match.
It didn't hurt, but then the pain, I started feeling
the pain again.
Q. You were not feeling well when you started?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: No. I started feeling the pain
again at 4‑3 in the first set.
Q. What can you tell us about the way Daniel played?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Well, he played well, I
suppose. He is a fighter, so to speak. He is strong,
but under normal circumstances it would have been a
different match. I had more opportunities than him
Q. Have you already seen the doctor?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Well, yes. There was a week in
Hamburg, and then in Barcelona and then I arrived
here. It's a bit of a strange problem, because scans
and x‑rays don't show anything. But when I start
playing it hurts, so ‑‑ and it hurts more and more.
So there were tournaments when I didn't play much,
so I had time to rest. At the moment, I don't know
exactly what the problem is. Doctors tell me they
know, and they told me they could cure it. But at
the end of the day, it still hurts.
Q. What kind of a pain is it? Is it intense pain?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: No, it starts, and as I run
more, it increases.
Q. (No microphone.)
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: No, it's a bit like a cramp.
It's a contraction. I don't know. Maybe the previous
injury I had, it took it a bit of time to heal. They
use words I don't understand anyway.
Q. So you were back, you had good results, you were
playing well, and it's a bit of a shame for your
season on clay.
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yes. Because I feel good with
my tennis. It's a bit of a shame. I couldn't play in
Hamburg or in Barcelona, although I played good
tennis. But, you know, this is what tennis is about.
You can play for a while and then stop, and this is
not always well adapted when we have weeks off,
especially during the clay season. So we cope with
the schedule, but, you know, this is quite demanding
from a physical standpoint.
Q. If you can't go to the Olympic Games, I think
this was one of your objectives.
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yes. It was one of my
objectives, but I think it's going to be a bit
complex now, even impossible.
So that's another thing, but there is nothing I can
do about it. What could I do?
Q. I guess this type of injury will be even more
painful on grass, because you have to bend more and
to run more.
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yes. It's going to be
difficult. It's not a serious injury, but it comes
back. It keeps coming back, and I can't play my best
For the grass season I have a bit of time ahead of
me to have a rest, but apparently I didn't rest
enough to play here. So I'll try and do my best, and
if it doesn't work out well, too bad.
Q. Any news about the conflict with the president of
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I don't think this is the
appropriate time to talk about it. There's nothing