David Nalbandian out for Blood at Queen’s Club

I was digging through my old tennis archives tonight and happened upon this incident which occurred during the finals of the 2012 Queen’s Club Tournament. The match was between Marin Čilić of Croatia and Argentine David Nalbandian.  I’d been covering  Nalbandian all week as I was shooting for a South American Magazine and the best way to describe his style of play was hostile. He was playing well but he was also playing with a rage that most players at least try to mask. During his matches he would predictably fly off the handle and capturing him smashing his racket onto the finely manicured lawn became routine. However, during that fateful final match his routine escalated. After having won the first set, Nalbandian was trailing 3-4 in the second. Čilić seeing a comeback in sight sent a rocket over the net that Nalbandian couldn’t handle. With his frustration no longer under control, he ran over to a plywood advertising hoarding and gave it a mighty punt causing it to break leaving a solid gash in the left shin of line judge who was sitting just behind it. I was armed with my 70-200mm lens just to the right of where the incident occurred.  With my camera still fixed on Nalbandian it took me a minute to realize what had happened. I could see in his eyes that he had finally grasped the gravity of his actions and when I found McDougall’s leg through my viewfinder I realized why. Blood at a tennis match? Blood at a tennis match in London? How delightfully out of the ordinary?  The head judge jumped into action with fans, coaches and players alike frozen in a daze of uncertainty. Did this mean Čilić would win by a disqualification? Was that possible? After a short deliberation that decision was made and the irate yet apologetic Argentine hurried off the court. The still bewildered and seemingly disappointed Croat sauntered over to the net and received the enormous championship trophy thus ending the bloodiest tennis match many of us will ever witness. Nalbandian was later quoted as saying “Sometimes you get angry, “Sometimes you cannot control those moments. Maybe you throw a racket or maybe you scream or maybe you do something like that. So many things happen.” Indeed they can. And occasionally those things include losing out on £44,000 in the blink of an eye and the clot of a blood drop.

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And here’s a video of the kick heard round the courts. if you pause and squint at 2:02 you might catch my cameo.

https://youtu.be/kIsT_GPJXaI

Sammy Sammy Sammy Oy Oy Oy!!!

Congrats Sammy (Sam Stosur) on winning your first major. nice gal. She definitely deserved it.


One More Man Gone (for rob. sorry ol’ boy)

Well Great Britain’s or as the english now refer to him, (because he lost in the semi’s) Scotland’s  great white hype Andy Murray went down pretty hard last night. He had a good run. sorry rob. one day. maybe.


Can I Get A Hell Yeah!!!

Serena’s tearing through this tournament like a monster. 

Voyeurs En Masse

Out voyeuring the voyeurs watching a match on the big screen at the 2011 US Open.

Timing

so after two years of this tennis shooting i’ve got my timing down pretty damn well. it helps that my camera shoots 10 frames per second though. chances are you have no idea who this frog is. he is nicolas mahut. you may not know his name but you may have heard of the epic  11 hour match he was half of during the first round of the 2010 wimbledon tournament. sadly he retired from his match against nadal earlier today due to some injury. he was gonna lose anyway. he was down two sets to love and dropped both 6-2. a valiant effort however against the defending champion.

For The Ladies

Rafael Nadal puts on a show after putting on a show during his opening round win over some german guy who fell to pieces in splendid sporting fashion.


Gael Monfils

Back at the US Open. today began 14 grueling days of shooting, editing, no sleep and shitty food. this is frenchman gael monfils. by far my favorite player to watch. he’s got this amazing on court charisma. he’s as much an acrobat as he is a tennis player. if you get a chance to watch him do it. you’ll be very entertained. i was only on court with him for about half an hour and despite a knee injury he was jumping and flying around like a maniac. more of him to come. hopefully he’ll play some day matches. i hate shooting at night under the lights. it’s just ugly.


Johnny Too Tall

At 6’9, American John Isner is just too tall to shoot. Here he is returning a ball to Marin Čilić during the 2011 Australian Open.

Johnny Too Tall