Del Potro and Ferrer triumph on day two
Juan Martin Del Potro and David Ferrer managed to score day two wins at The Boodles before heavens opened at Stoke Park.
Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, looked in good touch ahead of Wimbledon, beating Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-1 in the first match of the day. Verdasco and Ferrer then staged an entertaining all-Spanish battle before Ferrer prevailed 6-4, 7-5.
“This is very good preparation, that’s why we come here. There are so many players and the atmosphere is perfect as well,” said Simon.
While the match was highly competitive, there were one or two lighthearted moments beforehand when the players took part in a Question and Answer session with guests lunching in the Player’s Enclosure at Stoke Park. Del Potro was made an offer he almost couldn’t refuse when one guest offered to partner him in mixed doubles. “Sure,” smiled the softly-spoken Argentinean. “We’ll play after the match!”
Del Potro and Simon also met with members of the British Armed Forces, who were VIP guests at The Boodles on Wednesday, courtesy of the Tickets for Troops campaign. The uniformed troops lined up to pose with the players before the match and were greeted with a massive round of applause by the crowd.
The Boodles Tournament Director and Founder Patricio Apey said: "We are delighted to recognise the work and courage of the Armed Forces in this simple way and to welcome them to our tournament."
Ferrer and Verdasco finished their match in drizzling rain before the weather worsened and curtailed play for the day and cancelled out the third scheduled match between Viktor Troicki and Alexandr Dolgopolov.