''Disqualified'' Nalbandian slams ATP for making players play in tough conditions

Updated: Jun 18, 2012, 17:34 PM IST

London: David Nalbandian has slammed the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) for making players play in tough conditions after being disqualified from the AEGON Championships final.

Nalbandian will forfeit his 36,114 pound prize money and lose all the ranking points he gained for causing an inch-long incision on a line judge`s shin. The Argentine kicked out in frustration at an advertising board, which then hit Andrew McDougall, during the second set against Croatian Marin Cilic.

The 2002 Wimbledon finalist, who has a history of on-court rows, was defaulted for "unsportsmanlike behaviour". ``Players shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament site,`` according to the ATP code of conduct.

Nalbandian apologised for his acts but claimed in post-match interviews that the ATP committed equal crimes by forcing stars to play in dangerous conditions. "I am sorry. Sometimes we get very frustrated here on court. It is tough to control. Sometimes we make 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," The Daily Mirror quoted Nalbandian, as saying. "If I have to pay like that, I agree, but when others make mistakes, maybe worse, maybe not that bad, nobody does anything. Sometimes the ATP put a lot of pressure on the players and sometimes you get injured because you play on dangerous surfaces and nothing happens," he added.