Last week, current ATP world #24 player, Fernando Verdasco, visited Sportime Randall’s Island, home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, and worked out with JMTA coach Alex Lacroix. Verdasco began his workout routine with a short warm-up on the stationary bike followed by a 2-hour hitting session with Alex. According to Lacroix, Verdasco did not compete in Spain’s recent Davis Cup match against Canada due to a sore wrist. Instead, Fernando was training for the upcoming SAP Open in San Jose beginning February 11th. Turns out his team could have used Verdasco, as the Spaniards dropped a close 3-2 decision to the Canadians, allowing Canada to get to the Davis Cup world group quarterfinals for the first time ever.
Bio: Verdasco’s career-high singles ranking is World No. 7, achieved in April 2009. Verdasco started playing tennis at four years of age and had a full-time coach when he was eight. As of 2009, Verdasco has been working in Las Vegas with Andre Agassi and his team, including Darren Cahill (Agassi’s former coach) and Gil Reyes (Agassi’s fitness coach). Verdasco helped Spain win three Davis Cup titles, winning the deciding match in both 2008 and 2009, and being a key member of the winning team in 2011 as well. His best performance in a Grand Slam was a run to the semifinals of the 2009 Australian Open, where he lost to compatriot and eventual champion, Rafael Nadal, in five sets.