Most people have a fairly high tolerance for crying babies, because that’s what infants are prone to do—cry, eat, and soil diapers, at least for the first few months of their lives. Notice I said most people. There are those who are so turned off by the sound of a bawling child that they just can’t take it and end up doing something regrettable.
That’s where Spanish tennis player David Ferrer comes in.
During his quarter-final match at the ATP and WTA Masters event in Miami against American Mardy Fish, Ferrer got fed up with a baby crying in the stands, and decided he was really going to give that kid something to cry about—he sent a forehand lob towards the sobbing infant. Notice I said lob, and not serve, forehand smash, or even a two-handed backhand, all of which could do some damage. Rather a lob, which was probably designed to send a message that maybe the child’s parent might want to do something about their distracting crying child.
Apparently the ball didn’t come anywhere near the kid, which may explain why Ferrer was losing to Fish at the time. But he got his point across, as the crying ceased shortly after Ferrer’s forehand lob.
The Spaniard eventually lost the match 7-5 6-2, but won the admiration of barren, childless tennis fans everywhere.