Spanish tennis star David Ferrer is the “last minute surprise” of the Millennium Estoril Open, Portugal’s largest tennis tournament taking place between Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, May 7 at the sports complex of Clube de Ténis do Estoril in Cascais.
Organisers had tried to convince the world’s number one player Andy Murray to play at the event with an original video last week promising to make the Brit feel at home with “Toblerone, a Portugal football jersey from the Euro 2016 and some of the best fresh fish Estoril has to offer”.
But given Murray’s refusal, Ferrer was brought in as one of the event’s “wild cards”.
“I’m very happy to play at Estoril. I have heard great things about this new tournament,” Ferrer said, cited by event organisers.
David Ferrer is currently no. 32 in the ATP ranking. He was once the world’s top three tennis player, having already taken part in the Estoril Open in 2013 when he lost in the final to Swiss star Stan Wawrinka.
Other top competitors taking part in the Estoril Open are Portugal’s top tennis player João Sousa as well as Argentine Grand Slam winner Juan Martin del Potro and Australian ‘bad boy’ Nick Kyrgios.