Nalbandian may return to Queen's
David Nalbandian admits he might return to play in the Aegon Championships next year despite Sunday's disqualification in the final.
The Argentinian looked to be on course to claim his first title at Queen's when he took the first set against Marin Cilic and had recovered an early break in the second to sit at three games all. But his frustration boiled over when the Croatian star broke again to lead 4-3 and he kicked out at an advertising board at the side of the court. Unfortunately line judge Andrew McDougall's leg was positioned directly behind the board and it became obvious that contact had been made between the board and the official's shin when blood started to seep through his sock. Nalbandian was disqualified and sections of the crowd showed their disapproval by booing the veteran right-hander despite his on-court apology. The 30-year-old then went on the offensive and vented his spleen at the ATP and its lengthy rule book, but he will have his prize money withdrawn and will probably be hit with a fine for his conduct. Despite the situation, the Unquillo-born star refused to rule out a return to the west Kensington venue in future years and made it clear that he enjoys playing in the traditional Wimbledon warm-up event. "This incident doesn't mean that I'm not going to come back," he said. "It doesn't matter. I really feel good at this tournament. The tournament director is great to me and I like it. "This is a bad situation for everybody and I really apologise for that but it doesn't mean anything to next year."