Nalbandian handed maximum fine of €10,000


Tennis:David Nalbandian has been fined the maximum penalty of €10,000 for kicking an advertising hoarding into a line judge’s leg at Queen’s yesterday, the ATP have confirmed.

Nalbandian was disqualified from the final of the AEGON Championships at Queen’s Club yesterday when he lashed out at the hoarding which subsequently struck Andrew McDougall.

The Argentinian’s €45,000 prize money was taken off him and the ATP revealed today that after the match they issued him with the maximum fine of €10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

British police are investigating a complaint of assault against Nalbandian.

A British police spokesman explained: “An allegation of assault has been made to us relating to an incident at the . . . tennis tournament and we are now investigating.”

Nalbandian apologised after the incident, saying: “I know (what) I did (is) a mistake, 100 per cent. I feel very sorry for the guy. I didn’t want to do that. But sometimes you get angry and you cannot control those moments.”