‘Disgusting’: Spaniard Fernando Verdasco under fire for berating ball boy
The world number eight, who faced a tough encounter with Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, couldn’t control his temper, exploding at the boy standing next to him. The Spaniard angrily gestured at the youngster, signaling him to hurry up when giving him a towel.
The 34-year-old was given a warning by the match official for his on-court outburst, which was branded “disgusting” by tennis fans and pundits.
Disgusting behaviour from Verdasco. I've always wondered why the ball kids have to handle the sweaty towels anyway. No reason why the players can't get the flippin towel themselves!— Susan Kealy (@Sooz7772) September 30, 2018
The episode triggered uproar on social media, with many users condemning Verdasco’s behavior and calling on tennis bosses to toughen punishment for such outbursts.
Verdasco’s tantrum appeared to affect his game, as he lost the match to his Japanese opponent 1-6 6-3 7-6, crashing out of the competition in China.
It was not the first time the Spaniard had vented his anger on court – earlier this year he threw a towel at a ball boy at the ATP tournament in Hamburg, Germany.