Former winner and current top-20 player, David Ferrer of Spain has been confirmed as an entrant for January's Heineken Open tennis tournament in Auckland.
The 2007 winner, Ferrer has an amazing record in Auckland having always made at least the quarterfinals in all of the five occasions he has played at the tournament.
He has a total of seven singles titles to his credit and seven finals appearances cumulating in prize money of just over 9 million dollars so far in his career.
His best performances in 2009 were two runners-up placings at the strong Barcelona and Dubai events. At Barcelona he beat Tommy Robredo and Fernando Gonzalez before losing to Rafael Nadal in the playoff for the title.
In Dubai he lost to Novak Djokovic in the final after scoring solid victories over Ivan Ljubicic, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Richard Gasquet.
Already confirmed for the 2010 Heineken Open are former world No3 David Nalbandian as well as current No15 Tommy Robredo of Spain and countryman Juan Carlos Ferrero a former world No1 and Grand Slam winner.