In a heat of the moment outburst, David Nalbandian lost the Queen’s Final to Marin Cilic, after being disqualified for injuring a line judge. The game stood at 7-6(3) 3-4 to Nalbandian, in what was a fantastic game.
The Argentinean veteran kicked an advertising board that surrounded an official, which then hit the judge and cut his leg quite seriously. The umpire had no choice but to disqualify Nalbandian on the spot for code violation and ungentlemanly conduct. Cilic was announced at the winner.
A large portion of the crowd were unhappy at the decision but the tournament must abide by the ATP official rules.
A presentation of the trophies was carried out to a booing crowd. Nalbandian commented in an interview after “I am very sorry to do that, but sometimes you get really frustrated on court and it’s tough to control and I make a mistake… I am very sorry”.
“The ATP make a lot of mistakes to the players and nothing is said about it, and I make a mistake”
So, in further controversy, Nalbandian has criticized the ATP, a decision that he may yet regret.
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