Sergio Garcia drafts in tennis ace as caddie

Sergio Garcia has announced he will have former French Open tennis champion Juan Carlos Ferrero as his caddie when he defends the Thailand Golf Championship title next month.

Tennis fans will remember Ferrero from his time as one of the best court players around, hitting his stride in 2003 after claiming his only major title at Roland Garros, before retiring in 2012 after a stellar 14 years on the men’s tour. He will now switch his tennis rackets for a golf bag as he aims to help pal and fellow Spaniard Garcia retain his crown.

"I've played golf with him many times but he never caddied for me before," Garcia said. "We just talked about it and he mentioned about it and we decided to do it. He is excited about it."

Garcia is no stranger to having unqualified caddies helping him on the course. His girlfriend Katharina Boehm was on his bag when he won the title last year, so he will be hoping that same strategy pays dividends again this time around.

"Katharina is fine," Garcia added. "She is happy to step aside and support from the side lines. It always helps to have a friend on your bag.

"It is good fun to be able to enjoy golf and have a good time with a good close friend."

The field is looking fierce for the December event, with PING Golf’s Bubba Watson and Lee Westwood, TaylorMade’s Martin Kaymer and Adams Golf’s Ernie Els all heading to the Amata Spring Club in the hopes of grabbing silverware.

The Thailand Golf Championship will commence on December 11-14, and we will have all the build-up and news from the event so be sure to keep checking back for updates.