Nalbandian set for big penalty

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DAVID Nalbandian could be up to £43,000 out of pocket after being disqualified from the final of the AEGON Championships at Queen’s yesterday for kicking an advertising board at a line judge.

Nalbandian won the first set of his final against Marin Cilic on centre court but then lost his temper in the second set in outrageous fashion.

The Argentinian, a professional of 12 years, was broken in the seventh game and responded by kicking an advertising hoarding that was in front of the chair of line judge Andrew McDougall.

The plywood board came off its hinges and ploughed in to McDougall’s shin, causing an inch-long gash from which blood began to seep. ATP supervisor Tom Barnes came on to the court and ordered the match to Cilic, much to the annoyance of the 6,000 paying crowd members, who booed the decision loudly.

Barnes confirmed afterwards Nalbandian would not receive his £36,500 runner’s-up prize, and that he also faces a fine of up to £6,400 for the incident. “It was unsportsmanlike conduct. Once I saw the injury, I didn’t have any other option,” Barnes said.

“With the default it’s automatic that you lose the ranking points, and you lose the prize money from the tournament, hospitality costs, and he’s subject to a fine which can be up to 10,000 US dollars, and that is undetermined at the moment.”

Nalbandian apologised to McDougall immediately afterwards, but followed it up with an on-court tirade against the ATP, which could earn him yet another fine.