flipdewaf From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 1540 posts, RR: 1 Posted (1 year 10 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1135 times:
David Nalbandian has been disqualified for kicking an advertising hording into an official at the Aegon Championships final causing significant bleeding. He has lots his second place E44,000 and can ecpect to be fined another $25,000.
Some of the comments in the US newspapers try and make this sound no different than a player smashing his/her racket or some other kind of tantrum. Professional tennis doesn't need this behavior and whether or not he knew kicking the board was going to injure the linesman doesn't matter to the linesman. I'm actually glad he spoke up for himself on the court and told the player he was in the wrong.
I don't know if he should spend jail time because there really wasn't intent to injure but he should spend some time out of professional tennis as a result.
canoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2826 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 862 times:
Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 6): I don't think he should be held legally liable in any way (unless the linesman needs medical costs covered), but fine and suspension from ATP would make sense.
We agree 100% vik. Even if this was in the US his medical costs would likely have been covered by the organizer's insurance. As I mentioned, he doesn't need to play professional tennis for a while, IMO. And, as you say I fine would make sense as well.