‘Disgusting’: Spaniard Fernando Verdasco under fire for berating ball boy
Spanish tennis ace Fernando Verdasco has been slammed on social media for shouting at a ball boy who wasn’t quick enough to bring him a towel during his semi-final match at the Shenzhen Open in China.
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.
Fernando Verdasco berating a ball boy for being slow with the towel is disgusting. pic.twitter.com/HQBYOEOKzq— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) September 29, 2018
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.
There should be ZERO tolerance for ballkids abuse. There should be game penalty for that. These are children - they should be protected and it’s time players fetched their own disgusting sweaty towels #Verdasco@ATPWorldTour@WTA#InternationalTennisFederation— Jayne Jane (@JJayne3) September 30, 2018
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.