Sunday, June 17, 2012

Double Fault: Tennis Player Injures Line Judge in Temper Tantrum

Argentine tennis player David Nalbandian had an on-court freak-out, which resulted in an unfortunate line judge receiving a pretty nasty injury.

The 10th-seeded Nalbandian was leading during the second set Sunday at the Queen's Club during the Aegon Championship final in London when he kicked the small barrier surrounding the line judge out of anger. A piece of the barrier broke away and then hit the line judge, causing him to bleed from his left shin.

After checking on the line judge, the match umpire decided to call an end to the game, giving a victory to Nalbandian's opponent  Marin Cilic. Nalbandian insists that he should not have been disqualified for his violent reaction, stating "Sometimes you get very frustrated on court and it’s tough to control that, and sometimes I do a mistake. So it’s very tough to end a final like that,”

ATP rules state that any violent outbursts conducted during the course of a match must end in an automatic default judgement. The Argentine player had been leading the sixth-seeded Cilic 7-6 (3), 3-4 in the grass-court Wimbledon warmup when the incident occurred.

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