What's with ferrer's "shoving"?

I think his relatively low stature has something to do with it. He might be overcompensating by being a jerk.

The solution to this problem would be to fight fire with fire, and unleash on him a man even shorter, and more given to fits of Napoleonic rage. Of course, I mean we should release Richard Simmons and let him unload a sh/tstorm of b/tchslap on him. David won't know what hit him. ;)

 
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Crisstti

Legend
Q. As somebody who has been an ambassador for the game for a long time and also on the Player Council, what do you think of the tournament not penalizing David Ferrer for shoving a linesperson during his quarterfinal?

ROGER FEDERER: I didn't see it. Speak to him. Give him a timeout (smiling). No, I mean, who cares? It happens, you know.



Disappointing. Very disappointing, Roger.
Has the tournament decided not to penalize him? :-?

Really Fed?, "Who cares, it happens?. He should have left it at "I didn't see it".
 

Oz_Rocket

Professional
For once I agree with Roger, seriously who cares ?
So what is okay about deliberately shoving another person?
How much force can be used before it is unacceptable?
What if the line umpire shoved him back with equal force? Is that okay?

There is a reason most sports have a rule about no touching officials. Otherwise we end up in this grey area of what is okay and what isn't.
 

Solo

Banned
Agree with Ferrer's actions. The linesman should not be causing a obstacle by blocking the chair where the towel goes. If he wasn't such a robot, he should actually move when a player is walking towards him.
 

Towser83

G.O.A.T.
what a ******! Haha remember all that "shoulder charge" stuff about Nadal? Imagine if he did this, people would be saying he rugby tackled the guy to the ground
 

corbind

Professional
Ferrer was the one who was wrong. The linesperson was standing on his spot and that was his chair that Ferrer just decided to use as a towel stand. Ferrer just had to walk around him, but like a jackass, he decides to push him out of the way and say something to his face.
SV, have to agree with you totally. I was watching the match and when I saw it happening I got angry. How can a guy shove an official, someone entrusted to have influence on the outcome of matches?

To be honest I have no clue whose chair that is. Is that there for the linesman to sit and watch the line? Keep fatigue off their legs? If that is the linesman's chair, why the hell is DF putting ANYTHING there? That chair should be like the crease in hockey -- you don't go there -- personal space.

If that chair is for setting towels, then why the hell is the line judge standing in front of it? If that's the case the official should not be there. So where do player towels go? One on each side of the court? Do they have ball boys hold them? What is the standard or protocol?

Regardless whose chair that is, I'm of the belief a player should never touch an official. Well I'll soften it if it's in a kind way like putting a hand on a shoulder and helping or something. But never should there be touching/shoving. Immediate penalty of sorts from the highest official on the court for such behavior. A fine of 20k is nothing. A fine of 200k might hurt.

What hurts the most is all of us tennis freaks watching this and seeing our stock of DF plummet. I've always liked DF's work ethic on the court and seemed nice in the few interviews I've seen. Seeing this crap happen makes me sad and my opinion of him has shifted -- for the worse.
 
I think his relatively low stature has something to do with it. He might be overcompensating by being a jerk.

The solution to this problem would be to fight fire with fire, and unleash on him a man even shorter, and more given to fits of Napoleonic rage. Of course, I mean we should release Richard Simmons and let him unload a sh/tstorm of b/tchslap on him. David won't know what hit him. ;)

that is pretty scary
 

*Sparkle*

Professional
He clearly didn't intend to hurt anyone, and it wasn't that forceful, but it's definitely not acceptable, and he should have faced some kind of penalty.

There's no need to assume he's a hooligan, but it's definitely worse behaviour than swearing or breaking racquets, for which players are routinely fined.
 

Fedchamp

Semi-Pro
I've seen Australian players get away with it.
You mean in cricket? If a player did the same thing as Ferrer in cricket, he'd get pulled in front of a committee and sanctioned in some way. Tennis is a bit too soft on their players methinks. Serena Williams should've been booted out of the sport for what she did.
 

NADALRECORD

Banned
You mean in cricket? If a player did the same thing as Ferrer in cricket, he'd get pulled in front of a committee and sanctioned in some way. Tennis is a bit too soft on their players methinks. Serena Williams should've been booted out of the sport for what she did.
I've seen Australian captain Michael Clarke "laying a hand on an umpire".
 

jiddy-p

Semi-Pro
Q. As somebody who has been an ambassador for the game for a long time and also on the Player Council, what do you think of the tournament not penalizing David Ferrer for shoving a linesperson during his quarterfinal?

ROGER FEDERER: I didn't see it. Speak to him. Give him a timeout (smiling). No, I mean, who cares? It happens, you know.



Disappointing. Very disappointing, Roger.

Can we confirm the authenticity of this quote? Seems very... unFederer. Very Disappointing if it is. Who cares? Really?

My opinion of Ferrer has steadily declined over the last year, he's just a bit of a grump all round. And now this... I am no longer a supporter. Whoever he plays, I'm supporting his opponent.
 
Can we confirm the authenticity of this quote? Seems very... unFederer. Very Disappointing if it is. Who cares? Really?

My opinion of Ferrer has steadily declined over the last year, he's just a bit of a grump all round. And now this... I am no longer a supporter. Whoever he plays, I'm supporting his opponent.
i think that's roger giving his spanish interpretation of the incident.
 
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