David Nalbandian has been charged the maximum fine of US$12,560 and is under police investigation for assault after kicking over an advertising board and injuring a line judge.
The Argentine tennis player was playing in the Queens Club final in England when he broke down and angrily booted the board, which sliced open the leg of Fergus Murphy.
Murphy immediately received first aid care but did not require any further treatment after seeing a doctor.
The Association of Tennis Players awarded the match to Croatian Marin Cilic and stripped Nalbandian of the £36,000 ($57,350) runner up prize money on top of the fine for misconduct.
Now London police are investigating after a complaint of assault was filed. They would not say who made the complaint but anyone of the public who witnessed the event in person or on television could have made it, as well as the line judge himself.
Nalbandian won the first set 7-6 but broke down when he fell behind in the second. After missing a forehand swing he continued to run across the court and kicked the board under the judge’s chair. A piece of the broken wood cut Murphy’s leg leaving an inch long gash.
Despite the incident Nalbandian still insists he shouldn’t have been disqualified. He is scheduled to play at Wimbledon when it starts next Monday, 25th June.