Detectives start probe into line judge ‘assault’

Line judge Andrew McDougall shows his injury caused after Argentina's David Nalbandian (centre) kicked an advertising board causing a cut to his leg during day seven of the AEGON Championships at The Queen's Club, London. Picture: PA Wire

Line judge Andrew McDougall shows his injury caused after Argentina's David Nalbandian (centre) kicked an advertising board causing a cut to his leg during day seven of the AEGON Championships at The Queen's Club, London. Picture: PA Wire

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A DONCASTER tennis club has spoken of its shock after one of its members was injured by a top player during a major tournament.

Scotland Yard detectives are now investigating a complaint of assault after line judge Andrew McDougall, 54, suffered a cut to his leg when tennis player David Nalbandian kicked an advertising board into him.

The incident happened on live TV during the Aegon Championships at the Queen’s Club in London on Sunday and left Mr McDougall with a gashed leg.

Mr McDougall, who lives in Bessacarr, is an experienced line judge and umpire often working in major tournaments.

He was unavailable for comment but Liz Beaton club coach at Doncaster Lawn Tennis Club in Saxton Avenue, where Mr McDougall has been a member since he was a boy, said: “We were all watching it on TV at the clubhouse because Andrew is often on at the big tournaments.

“When it happened everyone was shocked and shouted ‘it’s Andrew’. after that people were texting and phoning each other about it, we couldn’t believe it.

“I’m sure this incident won’t put him off, he’ll take it all in his stride, he’s very professional.

“We are all very proud of Andrew and what he has achieved he is a very well respected member of the club.”

Mr McDougall regularly takes time off every summer to worksat major tournaments including Wimbledon.

But the Free Press understands the incident is already having an impact on his work.

Mr McDougall was scheduled to return to work immediately at the Wimbledon qualifying event, but tournament officials did not put him on court perhaps due to ongoing publicity surrounding the case.

The incident led to Nalbandian’s immediate disqualification from the final and the ATP fined the Argentinian £8,000 — the highest available for “unsportsmanlike conduct”.

Forfeiting the match cost him world ranking points which will mean he will not be seeded at Wimbledon.

The incident has become one of the most viewed internet clips.