A bearing plate assembly for a turbine engine fuel injector includes a bearing plate , with an opening bordered by a race. A swivel ball nests inside the race and is rotatable relative thereto. A lock, which may be a tip bushing resists disengagement of the swivel ball from the race. A fuel injector nozzle extends through an opening in the swivel ball. During engine operation, the ball can swivel inside the race to accommodate rotational movement of the nozzle about lateral and radial axes.