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Wake Up Call: Spain’s Ferrer fires tennis ball at crying baby

Mar 31, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT


Zounds. It was the quarterfinals of the Miami Masters on Wednesday when Spain’s David Ferrer was set to serve to American Mardy Fish in the second set. Suddenly, from the stands, a crying baby distracts Ferrer, and he ends up losing the point. With the baby still wailing, Ferrer shows his displeasure by whacking a ball in the direction of the noise. And apparently the baby got the message, because the crying ceased. Listen, nothing will get a baby’s attention like a little chin music.

Surprisingly, this did not go over well with the crowd, which turned on Ferrer rather vigorously. And frankly, I don’t recall the chapter in the Dr. Spock book about disciplining your baby by firing tennis balls at him. Although I never read the entire thing.

Anyway, Ferrer lost, 7-5, 6-2. He later said that he had a stomach ailment. About the baby:

“It was in one moment of the match, but nothing special. It was not the problem.”

Fish said post-match that he did not see Ferrer hit the ball into the stands.

“He’d probably take that one back if he could. He’s a very nice guy. Obviously flustered.”

Probably shouldn’t bring your baby to the tennis match, fella. Also, babies shouldn’t be playing.


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  1. 3pgs - Mar 31, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    The real crybaby is David Ferrer who cannot handle life, but only a little tennis ball, and not very well. Ferrer deserves to be expelled as a professional, which he is not. Ferrer makes millions of dollars, while good parents and good people take care of their children, and most are struggling for their paychecks. This fool, Ferrer, has no tolerance for any of it. Throw him out. Hey Ferrer, don’t hurl speeding balls at babies, and stay away from children of all ages. You are nothing but a two-bit punk.

  2. tibbs7 - Apr 3, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    It sounds like you have a few issues to deal with yourself. Nobody is advocating that hitting a tennis ball in the direction of a defenseless baby is okay but your response is over the top. You go off topic and make it a money thing and attack the quality of play of a top 10 tennis player.