The Argentine tennis player David Nalbandian has been disqualified from the Aegon Championships final, held in London, after injuring a line judge by kicking an advertising board into the judge's shin.
The final of the major tennis tournament, the AEGON Championships, held just before before Wimbledon, ended unexpectedly after David Nalbandian was disqualified for assaulting a line judge. The incident, according to the Daily Mail, happened when Nalbandian, in a moment of anger, kicked an advertising panel in front of where the line judge was sitting. The panel was hit with such force that it struck the line judge, Andrew McDougall, on the leg and cause him to bleed.
At the time, Nalbandian, ranked 39 in the ATP rankings, was one set up in his match against Marin Cilic, leading 7-6 (7-3) 3-4.
The Guardian notes that after some discussion by officials, the umpire Fergus Murphy decided to award the match and championship to Marin Cilic and disqualify Nalbandian. The abandonment of the match was not popular with the 6,000 strong crowd who appeared to want the match to continue.
The first prize was $56,803, which has been awarded entirely to Cilic.
In a BBC television interview afterwards, Nalbandian said:
"I am very sorry, sometimes you get frustrated on court. Sometimes I make a mistake I agree with. It's a tough moment to end a final like that but sometimes we feel so much pressure from the ATP playing so many tournaments.
Today I've made a mistake. Sometimes I agree and I do but everyone makes mistakes. I don't feel it had to end like that - especially in a final.
There are a lot of rules and sometimes they don't do anything. The rule book is very big and I can tell you the ATP do a lot to the players and nothing happens."
It is likely that David Nalbandian will be fined for his conduct.