David Nalbandian loses in first-round at Wimbledon

 

David Nalbandian's disqualification drama for kicking an advertising hoarding into a line judge was “bad luck”, the tennis player said as he crashed out of the first round of Wimbledon today.

The Argentinian was disqualified from the final of the AEGON Championships at Queen's earlier this month, injuring official Andrew McDougall.

He was fined a maximum penalty of 10,000 euro (£8,000) and also forfeited £36,500 prize money and ranking points. A complaint was also made to Scotland Yard, who have interviewed the player.

Nalbandian kept his temper today as he slipped out of Wimbledon today after a 6-4 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 defeat against eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic.

The 30-year-old kept his cool, groaning out of frustration on several occasions before accepting defeat, embracing his opponent before shaking hands with the umpire.

After today's match Nalbandian - who received sympathy from the 6,000 crowd after the Queen's incident - was asked if he had had any negative comments.

He replied "No. Bad luck. Can happen to everybody.

"I think everybody understood it wasn't a good thing that I did, but was very unlucky, as well."

He said he had spoken to the police and when asked if he told officers it was a case of bad luck, he replied: "Everybody saw it."

Mr McDougall was left with a bloodied shin following the outburst, which happened when Nalbandian lost his temper in the second set after being broken by Croatian opponent Marin Cilic.

After missing a lunging forehand, Nalbandian kicked an advertising hoarding in front of the chair of the line judge.

The hoarding flew off its hinges and hit Mr McDougall in the shin, causing an inch-long gash from which blood started to seep.

Afterwards, tournament director Chris Kermode seemed to support Nalbandian's claims that it was a case of bad luck.

He said: "Look, mistakes happen. There was no way he intended to do that.

"It would be foolish to say he's not welcome back to this tournament."

Nalbandian today denied the incident had a direct impact on his Wimbledon fortunes, when it was suggested that the drama had led to him not being seeded.

He said: "Yeah, but I've been playing for six months. If I'm not seeded, it's not only for one week."

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "We were made aware of an incident at the Aegon Championships on Sunday June 17.

"A complaint was made and the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) are now investigating.

"On Tuesday June 19, a 30-year-old man attended a west London police station by appointment in connection with an allegation of assault. He was interviewed under caution.

"Inquiries continue and there have been no arrests."

PA

Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
11 best anti-ageing day creams

11 best anti-ageing day creams

Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power