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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Nalbandian determined to play Wimbledon

20th June 2012

David Nalbandian remains confident that he will take part in the forthcoming Wimbledon championships despite his on-court antics over the weekend.

The Argentine player is currently the subject of an investigation after he kicked an advertising board during the final of the AEGON Championship at Queen's. An official was injured in the incident and Nalbandian was fined £6,400 for unsportsmanlike conduct by the Association of Tennis Players.

However, he remains focused on Wimbledon and will be hoping to repeat his grass court success from 2002 when he made it to the finals.

A representative for Nalbandian told Press Association Sport: "I can confirm to you that David's thoughts are about playing at Wimbledon."

The player also issued a statement apologising for his actions: "I am sorry and I regret the kick that unintentionally hurt the line judge.

"I never intended to hit him, it was an unfortunate reaction in which I wanted to relieve the loss of a point. I had the opportunity to apologise personally with the line judge for this regrettable event."

It is not the first time that Nalbandian has been in trouble with officials and the player was fined £5,400 at the Australian Open in January after throwing water at a member of staff.

The most famous grass court tournament will begin on Monday and is a must for tennis fans enjoying London hotel deals over the next few weeks.

Earlier this year, the All England Club announced an increase in the total prize money to be awarded at the championship. Overall, there will be a ten per cent rise in prize money compared to last year to reflect the increasing costs for professional players. In particular, those losing in early rounds will see a 26 per cent increase in money.  The winners will also notice a rise in reward, with a £50,000 pay rise to see the men's and ladies' singles champs taking home £1.15 million each.


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