David Ferrer is a well-known study in contrasts. On court, he is often referred to as “intense,” “tenacious,” and “ferocious.” He never stops moving from point one, surging with seemingly infinite bottled energy and dark-eyed, passionate fury. Ferrer takes the game seriously, and as one journalist speculated, can even be “enraged” by a flamboyant opponent who seemingly doesn’t.
In post-match interviews and press conferences, however, “Daveed” is soft-spoken and deferential, and doesn’t seem capable of being “enraged” about anything.
I chose this photo for Pic of the Day because it shows yet another side of Ferrer, the joyful, playful guy who shares a few laughs with his friends and has fun going about the job of tennis. Here he was practicing with Tommy Robredo, enjoying the exuberant reaction of the crowd after he took off his shirt.
He was up at the net, dancing back and forth to hit some amusingly high smashes that Tommy set him up for. This photo gives us a look at Ferrer’s impressive physique, the way he holds himself and his racquet, and a welcome view of his beaming smile.
PHOTO: c2013 Valerie David for TennisInsideOut.com.