If You Won’t Stop Your Baby From Crying, David Ferrer And His Tennis Ball Will

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Each tennis player has their own way of dealing with poor play. Some yell at critical announcers perched above the action and some fire tennis balls in the direction of a crying and then blame his poor play on indigestion.

Spanish pro David Ferrer prefers the latter.


A baby was bawling in the stands, and Spanish tennis player David Ferrer wasn’t happy about it at all.

Trailing in his quarter-final match at the ATP and WTA Masters event in Miami, and annoyed by the crying, Ferrer directed a forehand lob toward the infant after losing his serve midway through the second set.

The ball didn’t come close to the youngster, but the crying stopped.
Ferrer blamed his defeat not on the baby, but on a case of indigestion. He lost to American Mardy Fish, 7-5 6-2.

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good for him! Why the heck would somone bring a baby to a tennis game!

  2. Anonymous says:

    The spectator should have had the courtesy to leave once the baby started crying. How annoying and rude!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have been to tournaments where parents bring their babies only to have them start crying. These parents are probably the same inconsiderate fools who talk on their cell phones during matches.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This story and headline are a bit overblown. It's more of an underhand lob than a forehand lob, and there's no expression of anger in the "shot."

    But people are idiots. Most tennis venues have no shade, and people will bring their infants out and sit in the sun for hours. No wonder the kids are crying.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Either way, he's a professional and needs to keep his composure.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I am completely against parent bringing their kids, specially babies, anyplace that they might cause disturbance, even a friend house! Mother or Dad stay home with you kids or look for someone to take care of them while you enjoy yous away escapade, and well deserved too..But to a tennis match or baseball or whatever! that is really gross!~By the way I am a mother of three!

  7. PennellUSA says:

    You posters above cannot be serious, It was a baby! Come on, I would of thrown the ball back at him and received my fiftenn minutes of fame berating the player. If this baby crying is such an obsticle then they should ban children all together. This tennis player is a peice of crap!

  8. Anonymous says:

    PennellUSA,
    you're the peice of crap. People paid good money to see good tennis players at their best, not watch distracted player's. Go to see a movie and have someone's baby near you start to cry. See how long you'd put up with the disturbance before you'd complain about having to have paid good money to enjoy a movie instead of trying to tune out a crying baby.

  9. I agree with the majortiy of the bloggers who question bringing a baby to a match at all. No doubt Ferrer was frustrated and as he didn't actually threaten the kid's welfare, no harm no foul. When I'm at the matches and some ethnic know-nothing is cheering unforced errors and double faults, I'd like to see the player REALLY let loose with a missle directed at those spectators who know jack about playing tennis and only cheer someone who speaks their language.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Imagine what would happen if a baby started crying when Tiger Woods is standing over a putt on the 18th green at Augusta National. Wait! Golf tournaments don't permit entry to babies, cell phones, cameras, etc.

    While I don't condone what Ferrer did, tennis is unlike other sports. If a tennis player loses, his paycheck reflects that loss in fewer zero's. If a baseball player strikes out, or a football quarterback throws an interception, or a basketball player misses a dunk, their paychecks are still the same. Even a golfer can shoot over par and have an opportunity to make up for it in the next round of the same tournament.

    Unique to tennis, you lose, there is no tomorrow. Only the next tournament.

  11. Anonymous says:

    All these anonymous comments must be this guy's Coach or Manager! How could anyone ever side with a spoiled pro athlete that lost his temper and hit a tennis ball in the direction of a BABY?! So much for being a role model, now kids all over Spain(?) will think it's ok to lose your composure and blame someone or something else, other than the fact that you were the reason you lost that day! The Tiger Wood's comparison is pretty accurate… both pieces of sh*t!!

  12. Marilynn says:

    Ok, come on now… Yes, the Tennis player should not have hit a ball at anyone no less a baby, but in this spoiled age of entitlement what the heck is this guy bringing a baby to a tennis match? There is a place and time for babies and it'a not a tennis match, basketball game, golf game, football game or any events. Are you gong to take the child to an Opera, Broadway Play. Are you getting my drift? Keep the baby at home with a baby sitter or at the park until they are old enough to know what they are watching. I think it's child abuse to place a baby in the hot sun and in these conditions.. All of you need to grow up and be more considerate.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I was at the tournament and it is annoying when you have paid money to watch the match and have to listen to a baby cry. I (and the others around me) would have been more than willing to chip in $20 a piece to pay for a sitter. The problem is that if the baby is quiet, fine; however, the second the child starts to cry – LEAVE the stands! I watched on numerous occassions where parents just sat there ignoring the crying child while others have to endure the annoyance.

  14. Anonymous says:

    For those of you that say it was "a baby". You must know that he wasn't annoyed by the baby so much as the selfish parent who thinks that everyone loves their baby as much as they do. News flash: I paid to see the match, not to hear your poor child who has been dragged to the match because their self-indulgent parent doesn't recognize that children should be seen and not heard.

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