The Minister of Culture and Sports, José Guirao, accompanied by the Secretary of State for Sport, María José Rienda, has handed over, at the headquarters of the Ministry, the Gold Medal of Sporting Merit to professional extenist David Ferrer.

With this high distinction of the Order of Sports Merit, a public recognition is made to those who have distinguished themselves in the practice of sports, in the promotion and teaching of physical education or in research, dissemination, organization and development of physical culture and sports.

"As you all know, David Ferrer, sometimes known as" Ferru "because he is tough and tough as iron, is one of the most respected tennis players in our country, because of his sporting height and his fighting spirit," said the minister. .

Guirao added that "thanks to his sporting values, he has always been considered a good teammate and a dangerous rival who never gives up: great courage multiplied by humility and by his exemplary sports spirit of competition."

"That his greatest successes have taken place in the Davis Cup – the minister has argued – the tournament in which an individual game like tennis becomes a team effort, gives me the opportunity to highlight your contribution not only sports but also human , your impeccable behavior on and off the slopes and the reputation of a good person who precedes you.For your talent as a tennis player and for your courage in the tracks you embody the highest values ​​that an athlete can aspire to. I am proud to give you today the Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit. "

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