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David Ferrer shoves line judge

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David Ferrer struggled in the quaterfinals against Tomas Berdych. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

David Ferrer struggled in the quaterfinals against Tomas Berdych. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, Australia — Is David Ferrer prime for a fine?

A frustrated and dejected Ferrer, en route to a 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 loss to Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, shoved a line judge so he could put his towel down after wiping off in between points. Under the rules, the No. 3 seed could face a fine of up to $20,000.

“It was nothing,” Ferrer said after the match. “I have the towel there. It was nervous moment, but nothing. I said to him excuse me after that. Nothing special.”

Here’s a GIF of the shove.

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The Grand Slam rulebook prohibits players from physically abusing officials, and it defines “physical abuse” as “the unauthorized touching” of an official. I don’t know, that sure looks like unauthorized touching to me.

And it’s not the first time he’s done it:

  • Published On Jan 21, 2014
  • 5 comments
    faithrc1
    faithrc1

    David was a favorite of mine until this. And when I saw that he was a repeat offender I have completely gone off him.  i just hope it doesn't indicate that he is a violent person in his private life when he becomes angry or frustrated.-

    kayyieu
    kayyieu

    It should also be noted that he said quite a few curse words in Spanish and not quietly. If someone said what he did on court as loudly as he did in English he would have most definitely gotten an "audible obscenity".

    pyro21
    pyro21

    Just saying, some people would have gotten in trouble for this. 

    Ace2020
    Ace2020

    What a thug! He always gets away with this behaviour and is painted as a gentleman, which he clearly isn't