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Sun Apr 20 02:44:19 SAST 2014

Nalbandian escapes further punishment

Sapa-AFP | 25 June, 2012 10:170 Comments
AEGON Championships - Day Seven
David Nalbandian of Argentina (L) looks at the line judge's bloody leg after injuring him during the final against Marin Cilic of Croatia on day seven of the AEGON Championships at Queens Club on June 17, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Matthew Lewis / Getty Images

David Nalbandian has escaped further punishment for his stormy disqualification from the Queen’s Club final where he injured a line judge after destroying an advertising hoarding.

The fiery Argentine was defaulted in the final against Marin Cilic last weekend for his controversial behaviour which was followed by a tirade against the ATP who he accused of forcing players to perform on a dangerous, rain-soaked surface.

Nalbandian was fined but was also facing the prospect of a lengthy ban after already having been accused of throwing water at an official during the Australian Open.

“No further disciplinary action will be taken against David Nalbandian, who was defaulted last Sunday from the final Queen’s Club,” said an ATP statement.

“Nalbandian was sanctioned approximately $70,000 in prize money and fines, and 150 ranking points for unsportsmanlike conduct.

“After a review of the incident, the ATP determined that although David’s actions were unacceptable and under ATP rules warranted an automatic default, the injury to the linesman was unintentional.

“As such, it was decided that the sanctions already levied against David are sufficient in this case.”

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