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David Nalbandian

'Nalbandian should be grateful he's a tennis player'

   

Alan Jones, a leading tennis coach, has told The Tennis Space that David Nalbandian made matters much worse at Queen’s Club with his whinge about the ATP Tour. Nalbandian was defaulted for kicking an advertising hoarding, which then broke and injured a line-judge, and the Argentine was then heavily critical of the ATP Tour. “For him to have an attack on the ATP, when he’s out there earning a fortune, that’s not right. There will be people out there, in this difficult financial climate, who will tell him he should be grateful he’s a tennis player.”

Jones, who once coached Jo Durie and Elena Baltacha, on Nalandian’s behaviour at Queen’s: “Absolutely Nalbandian should have been defaulted. He knows the rules. Everyone who plays has to be accountable – you can’t inflict any violence or damage on ball kids, spectators, umpire, linesmen, whoever. He was unlucky that the hoarding broke, but clearly he broke the rules. And for him to have an attack on the ATP, when he’s out there earning a fortune, that’s not right. There will be people out there, in this difficult financial climate, who will tell him that he should be grateful he’s a tennis player.”

Jones on Novak Djokovic, who smacked his racket against his bench during the French Open final: “Djokovic didn’t set a great example in Paris either, breaking things when the match wasn’t going his way. I understand that there was a lot of money at stake, and points, and a lot of emotion, but was that acceptable behaviour?”

   
  • Guest

    You’re a tennis coach and you think it was about money and ranking points for Djokovic??? That is the most idiotic statement I’ve ever heard and you obviously know nothing about a top player’s psyche. Anyway it was a TOTALLY different situation. Djokovic took his anger out on an object with no one near, Nalbandian on a box with a guy sitting inside. It would have been a freak occurrence for something NOT to fly off and hit that line judge. Whereas it would have taken a miracle for Djokovic to injure another person with what he did but Nalbandian should have known there was a high possibility that something was going to hit the line judge and therefore it was totally reckless.

  • Ghalih1

    It was an accident. David is not violent. Try to be honest guys. Would you do the same if it was Andy Murray? Of course not.

    Gene

  • Steve

    Frustration is perfectly understandeable. Lashing out in frustration is understandeable, Lashing out and hurting someone is unacceptable.Especially when it was obvious they would be hurt, and then sadly using sorry as an excuse is unforgiveable. Sorry is a cheap word unless you mean it.