David Ferrer, un dandy en ELLE
David Andres Paramio was born in Peñalver (Guadalajara) in 1969. His interest in sport came from the influence of an athletic family; his father played professional ball and became the champion of Spain in 1974. David tried to follow in the footsteps of his father until he opted for soccer. “At 13 I was signed by the Salesianos College team and the following year, I went to Levante UD, where I got to play for seven seasons, although the first team appearances were limited to a couple of preseason and friendly games,” says Andres. Levante UD came after playing for different teams in Division 3, which prompted Andres to pursue his studies.
In 1996 he began working as trainer of the Tennis Federation of Valencia. It was here that Andres began working with Javier Piles as well.
Although Andres was now working in tennis, he still stayed in the world of soccer. “I worked as a psychologist at Villarreal CF for three seasons, when Benito Floro was the coach,” he says. “This was the era of players like Juan Roman Riquelme, Colloccini, Roger Garcia, Jose Mari or Sony Anderson, as well as young players such as Xavi Torres and Santi Cazorla.”
Returning to tennis, in 2003, he took over the fitness of David Ferrer and another ATP up and comer, Igor Andreev. However, after some time, he began working and travelling with David exclusively.
“For me coaching David has always been a source of pride,” says Andres. “To be the coach of possibly the best physically fit player on the circuit in the last 10 years is a great satisfaction.”
During the ATP Finals in Shangai in 2007, Andy Roddick summed up Ferrer’s phenomenal condition best: “I have never played against someone that moves that way, it’s like David Ferrer has wheels.”
May 21- June 9, 2013
Ferru vs Marinko Matosevic (AUS)