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David Nalbandian

Oddballs and Oddities - blood, gore and Nalbandian


Some of the stranger things going on around the tennis world this week

Most bizarre end to a final?
The entirety of Queen’s was absolutely flabbergasted when David Nalbandian aimed a running kick at the advertising hoarding surrounding a line judge, it splintered, and cut the line judge, Andrew McDougall, on the leg. Nalbandian was defaulted, and the Queen’s title handed to Marin Cilic.

When it rains…

…people do all sorts of funny things.

First, if you’re Heather Watson, you have a go at smashing giant chocolate footballs.

Second, if you’re a brass band, you infiltrate a player lounge and start playing ditties.

Third, if you’re Jelena Jankovic, you cover your racket with a towel while talking to an umpire. Because obviously the racket needs protection.

Spare a thought to those at the AEGON Classic who have spent most of the week doing sun dances.

Speaking of Jankovic
She was also apparently attacked by an aggressive bee.

Meet Micaela
Brilliant collection by Beyond the Baseline of some of the best of Micaela Bryan’s twitpics. Yes she is a baby.

When you should check your headlines



Marcos Baghdatis is a fan of Dumb and Dumber.
And other revelations

The renovations in store at the US Open

A nice breakdown from Tennis Grandstand

Oh Rafa
You’d think that having lifted a trophy six times would mean that by the time you came to the seventh, you’d be a dab hand. Not so Rafael Nadal, who, according to Busted the Racquet, clocked himself on the face as he brought the Coupe des Mousquetaires down from having lifted it up. Whoooops.

His clumsy week continued, the French Open champ colliding with doubles partner Marcel Granollers in Halle. It must have been slippy.

But he does have a sense of humour

Funny video clip of Nadal de-towelling Fabio Fognini.

In case you missed it…
Roland Garros had a pink clay court