The grass season has just started, and it's already got a signature I Hate Tennis meltdown moment. David Nalbandian, step up and doff your bandana to the crowd.
The consequences are piling up for his lost cool on Sunday, which injured a lines judge. Not only was the Argentine disqualifed from the Aegon Championship final against Marin Cilic, the ATP fined him the maximum $12,562 today for unsportsmanlike conduct and stripped him of his $57,350 in prize money. London police have also started an assault inquiry after someone filed a complaint. They're keeping mum on who complained; anyone who witnessed the outburst can.
Nalbandian had won the first set, 7-6(3), but blew up after losing his serve and falling behind, 3-4, in the second.
Here's what happened next, according to Yahoo! Sports:
After missing a running forehand on game point, he kicked the board under the chair of line judge Andrew McDougall. A piece of the board cut the judge on the left shin, leaving him bloodied from an inch-long gash.
It's part of a trend of going after on-court furniture instead of annihilating your racquet. Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick have recently vented their spleens on signage and chairs.
Nalbandian admitted he behaved badly, but didn't think he should have been disqualified from the final.
"Sometimes you get very frustrated on court and it's tough to control that, and sometimes I do a mistake. So it's very tough to end a final like that.''
After tennis, perhaps he should come Stateside and start playing soccer.