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No further punishment for David Nalbandian after Queen's Club incident

Controversial Argentine star avoids lengthy ban from tennis after ATP rules injury to line judge was unintentional.

David Nalbandian looks on after causing an injury to the line judge at the final of Queen's Club
David Nalbandian looks on after causing an injury to the line judge at the final of Queen's Club

David Nalbandian is to escape further punishment for his stormy disqualification from the Queen's Club final after injuring a line judge while 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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