Tennis player David Ferrer intentionally hit a ball at a crying child at the Sony Ericsson Open.
David Ferrer was preparing to serve in his Sony Ericsson Open quarterfinal match against American Mardy Fish when the sound of a bawling child filled the stadium court. The sixth-ranked Spaniard briefly paused, but decided to play through the noise.
Ferrer lost the point. Then he lost his composure. Looking in the general direction of the crying baby, Ferrer lobbed a ball into the crowd in frustration. He went on to lose the next point and four straight games, capping a complete second-set meltdown.
Given how bad Ferrer’s groundstrokes were in the second set, it’s no surprise that the ball didn’t come close to hitting the baby. (Rimshot!)
Ferrer’s actions were reckless and immature. It was a bully move borne out of frustration. He hit a ball in anger toward the crowd, which is never acceptable, particularly when it’s at a defenseless child. He’s lucky he didn’t get a warning or a fine. He’s even more lucky the ball didn’t come close to hitting anybody.