David Nalbandian disqualified from 2012 Queen’s final, Marin Cilic wins by default (Video)

By on Jun 18, 2012 in Europe, Sports, Tennis Comments

Argentine tennis player David Nalbandian was disqualified from the 2012 Queen’s final after he kicked the panel where the line judge was sitting, as shown in the video below. His opponent Marin Cilic won by default.

David Nalbandian, kicking the panel in front of
the line judge, during his match with Marin Cilic

Image Credit: BBC News video

According to BBC News on Sunday, June 17, 2012, David Nalbandian was leading the match against Croatian Marin Cilic 7-6 (7-3) 3-4 during the 2012 Aegon Championships final, when he kicked the advertising board in front of Andrew McDougall.

As noted in the report, McDougall, who was seating as the line judge, was caught by surprise and his leg was wounded and was seen bleeding. He was immediately treated and no other injuries were found, with umpire Fergus Murphy awarding the trophy to Cilic.

“I am very sorry; sometimes you get frustrated on court.” Nalbandian, who entered the Queen’s final for the first time in his career, was quoted telling to Sue Barker of BBC Sports after the incident, as Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) supervisor Tom Barnes confirmed the winning of Cilic.

“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.” The 30-year old Argentine tennis player added, who tried to make an appeal but the decision was final.

“It is unsportsmanlike conduct, and the supervisor has the authority to declare an immediate default. Once I saw that the line judge was injured, I didn’t have any other option.” Barnes reportedly said, as the crowd who did not see the incident wanted the game to continue.

Based on the ATP rule, David Nalbandian will be fined by the amount of prize money he won at the tournament, which in this case the runner-up will receive 44,945 euros (£36,114 or $56,803). BBC News said he will also lose 150 ranking points and could be fined up to an additional $10,000 (£6,363).

David Nalbandian, kicking line judge panel during the 2012 Queen’s final
Video Credit: sirtommypigeon/YouTube/BBC News

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