Archive for the ‘David Nalbandian’ Category

17 June 2012                15:52 GMT

In Summary

  • Nalbandian disqualified from final
  • Nalbandian kicks advertising board
  • Line judge suffers cut leg in incident
  • Nalbandian apologises to crowd on BBC
  • But he is unhappy with the ATP
  • Argentine was leading 7-6 (7-3) 3-4
  1. 1637:

    You can make up your mind on the incident by replaying the moment Nalbandian lost his cool. If you want to have your say on the matter then please add your comments at the bottom of the report. It’s time for me to bid you goodbye. What a turn of events! Join us in a little over a week for you know what. Yes, Wimbledon. Will it get more controversial and dramatic than the final we’ve just had?

  2. 1633:

    Ash Jones on Twitter: “Why didn’t Nalbandian do that yesterday so Dimitrov went through to the final!”

    Lorna Button on Twitter: “I hope they throw the book at Nalbandian.”

    Barnaby Mollett on Twitter: “People had paid £103 for tickets to see tennis at Queen’s. Why? For £103 I’d have watered a garden and run around kicking things.”

    Jonny Wride on Twitter: “At least we now have something to remember Queen’s 2012 by, a very forgettable tournament.”

  3. 1627:

    Craig from Evesham on 81111: “Nalbandian has no one to blame but himself. He chose to kick out exactly where the judge was sitting.”

    Marie on text: “I don’t know how any commentator can even start to find excuses for such blatant undisciplined behaviour. He should have been escorted off the court immediately. What an example to set to young people. Let the line judge kick his shin and see how he likes it.”

  4. Michael Blighe on Twitter: “People can complain all they want, but their anger should be towards Nalbandian. He knows the rules, he acted unacceptably.”

    Peter Thomson on Twitter: “Why are people sticking up saying Nambadian’s actions weren’t deliberate. If you did that on the street you would be arrested!”

    Lin1876 on Twitter: “Kudos to Nalbandian for speaking his mind in my view.”

  5. 1621:

    Tom Barnes, ATP supervisor, has made his way to the studio. Loquacious the American is not but he does explain that Nalbandian will not be punished “beyond this tournament”. “He knows the rules,” Barnes tells presenter-turned-interrogator Barker. “I wasn’t surprised by his comments. I think he was concerned in the last few days when we have been playing when the grass has been slippery and he might have thought it was not safe. I think the courts were playable. Were they slippery? Yes. Unfortunately, I have no choice in that situation.

    “We don’t carry it any further than what happened on court and at this tournament. Nobody wins in this situation. It is a bad situation for everybody and David did not do that on purpose.”

  6. 1617:

    For those of you who want to know. The ATP code states: “Players shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament site. For purposes of this rule, physical abuse is the unauthorized touching of an official, opponent, and spectator or other person.” So there you go. Keep calm and carry on is what one must do when one goes a break down in the second set.

  7. 1615:

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Felgate: “Nalbandian has got it all wrong. It wasn’t a sincere enough apology. To go off on some political rant had no bearing on what he did. I wonder if there could be a bigger fine for bringing the game into disrepute for that speech. He didn’t even apology to the touch judge or Marin Cilic. It was a poor show from David Nalbandian.”

  8. 1612:

    The incident looks worse with each replay. You’ll be able to see Nalbandian’s moment of madness soon on this website. The 10th seed, according to Castle and John Lloyd in the commentary box, antagonises the situation with his comments: “There are a lot of rules, the rule book is very big. The ATP have made mistakes with the players and nothing happens.”

  9. Former Grand Slam doubles champion Peter Fleming on BBC Sport:“We players sometime like to think of it as us versus the world, as if we are victims. But sometimes you have to take responsibility and it was unfortunate Nalbandian didn’t go for that when he had the opportunity.”

  10. Dafydd Lewis on Twitter: “Loving the drama at the tennis!”

    Russ King on Twitter: “I’m not surprised people are booing in the crowd, some of them have paid £103 each for a ticket and don’t even get a proper result.”

    Nick Morris on Twitter: “Unruly crowd at Queen’s silenced only by the power of ‘shhhh’ from Sue Barker. What a legend.”

  11. 1608:

    David Nalbandian is called to answer Sue Barker’s questions. Good luck, David. “I am sorry,” says the Argentine, to some booing and some cheering. “I am sorry to do that. Sometimes we get very frustrated here on court. It is tough to control. Something it is a mistake. It is a tough moment to end a final like that. Sometimes we feel the pressure from the ATP. It is a mistake and I have to pay for that. Everybody makes mistakes.”

  12. 1604:

    Marin Cilic has a chat with Sue Barker on court and confirms it “definitely” wasn’t the way he wanted to win the match. “It was very bitter,” he says. “The match was set up with David Nalbandian a break down in the second set having won the first. But things like that I can’t change. I’m really sorry to the guys for this. To end like this is not easy. The match was getting hot and it’s tough to see the final finishes like this. It’s been a very good week and I’ve played some good tennis. I’m going to Wimbledon in good form and it has been great preparation.

  13. 1603:
    Jonathan Overend,BBC Sport

    “It’s a huge shame for this tournament. They’ve had a difficult week with the weather and the top seeds going out. And when they think they have got a great finale, this happens. Unfortunately Nalbandian left them with no option. They cannot start bending the rules because 12,000 have paid to watch. That image is going to be an instant YouTube hit. It’s going to be played for many years to come as one of the great tennis outbursts.”

  14. 1602:

    Tournament organiser Chris Kermode: “It is just one of things. In sport these things happen. It was an unbelievable final, the sun was out and it was shaping up to be the best match of the week. David Nalbandian ran across and in frustration kicked the panel out from under the line judge. It splintered and cut the linesman’s leg, leaving him quite seriously injured. Rules are rules. The ATP forced us to end the final. David is struggling to come to terms with it. He is very sorry for what he has done.”

  15. 1601:

    It’s a sell-out at Queen’s and they’re not happy, but rules are rules, I suppose. “This is not the way we wanted this to end,” says a voice on the tannoy. The usually docile Queen’s Club crowd have turned into militant hecklers from a Victorian age. The jug with the big ears is awaiting Cilic and, at last, the Croatian has a smile on his face. He lifts the trophy to warm cheers from an unhappy crowd.

  16. 1557:
    Jonathan Overend,BBC Sport

    “The reaction of the line judge, straight away, wasn’t just pain – it was ‘what on Earth have you done that for?’ It was just disbelief. It could have been quite nasty if the board had splintered.”

  17. 1554:
    Andrew Castle,BBC Sport

    “It’s a full house here at Queen’s and the sun is out. The final was really getting going. It was one hour 20 minutes of tennis that was building. There will be a hefty old fine for that and, more so, it will be more embarrassing for David Nalbandian. You should also think about the line judge who had a nasty old gash.

    “It will be mortifying for Nalbandian. I don’t think for a moment he will blame anyone else but himself. This one will go down in history. I think it is called aggravated behaviour.”

  18. 1553:
    Jonathan Overend,BBC Sport

    “When the crowd see a replay like that they will accept that he would have left the officials with absolutely no choice. If they’d let him go it would not look good for the sport. In a one-man sport, when you play for yourself and effectively get a red card, what can you do? You’re left with nobody else.”

  19. 1552:

    David Felgate on 5 Live: “He got incredibly frustrated and he just lost it. The crowd are booing because this is all over. I hope in the press conferences afterwards we get an explanation. You can’t injure an official and expect to go on.”

  20. Alastair Campbell on Twitter: “Oh dear! Crowd upset at match ending early after Nalbandian racket chuck. If it hadn’t cut the linesman’s leg nothing would have been done.”

  21. 1550:

    Nalbandian has now removed his bandana and is talking to the officials. It doesn’t seem as if they will change their minds, though, as the photographers are already on court to capture Cilic lifting the trophy. The crowd continue to vent their frustration and Andrew Castle describes the incident as “embarrassing”. “There’ll be a hefty old fine,” he says on BBC One. “I don’t think he’ll blame anybody but himself. When I saw the line judge rolling around I thought ‘that’s an instant’.”


    Jeers from the spectators and a forlorn Nalbandian can just look ahead into the distance. Cilic has won the title but he’s just glumly sitting in his chair. This isn’t how the Croatian wanted to win the title.

  23. OUCH!*Cilic 6-7 (3-7) 4-3 Nalbandian

    In a blink of an eye Cilic has three break points and Nalbandian is on the ropes. A magnificent return proves to be the knockout blow. Hang on… The Argentine looks to be in trouble! The 30-year-old kicks an advertising board in frustration, which injures a line judge. The poor man has blood seeping from his shin and seems to be in shock. Nalbandian could be disqualified here. Blimey.



David Nalbandian was born on January 1st, 1982 according to

January 1st, 1982

1 + 1 +1+9+8+2 = 22 = his life lesson = Are you kidding me?  You’ve got to be kidding me.  Like a three ring circus.





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