18th Jun 2012 12:16pm | By Editor
Argentine tennis player David Nalbandian might find himself more than £40,000 out of pocket after he was disqualified from the Queen’s Club Final for kicking advertising hording at a line judge.
The match was two sets old when Nalbandian, after missing a shot, lashed out in frustration and kicked an advertising board in front of line judge Andrew McDougal which left the official with a bloodied left shin.
Nalbandian apologised for his actions, but was disqualified for unsporting behaviour, losing out on his £36,500 prize money with the possibility of a £6,400 fine to come, too.
'I am sorry to do that. Sometimes we get very frustrated here on court. It is tough to control. It is a mistake,” he said in a post-match interview.
'It is a tough moment to end a final like that. It is a mistake and I have to pay for that. Everybody makes mistakes.’
His opponent Marian Cilic was awarded the match.
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