13 Sep 2012

Former world number one tennis player to retire

6:07 am on 13 September 2012

Former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero will retire from professional tennis in October after a 14-year career including 16 tour titles.

The 32-year-old made the announcement that he would retire following the Valencia Open 500 tournament at his home town in eastern Spain on Wednesday.

Ferrero, nicknamed 'The Mosquito', won the French Open in 2003 and reached the final of the US Open the same year.

In 2003, he also became the second Spanish player after Carlos Moya to occupy the world number one spot, before the rise of Rafael Nadal.