21 Jan 2012

Nalbandian to appeal water throwing fine

12:42 pm on 21 January 2012

Argentina's David Nalbandian has angrily denied throwing water at an Australian Open official and says he will appeal against the $NZ 12,000 fine imposed following his controversial exit from the tournament.

Nalbandian endured a traumatic 4-6 6-3 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 10-8 second round loss to giant American John Isner on Thursday but was incensed when the chair umpire refused to allow a critical video challenge near the end of his 4 hour 41 minute marathon.

He was then sanctioned by organisers who claimed he had hurled water at a tournament official.

The player vented on Twitter saying he fully denies throwing water after the match against Isner.

He says during anti-doping control, he was simply washing his hands when the doctor accused him of throwing water.

Nalbandian added, "Two injustices - one inside and another one outside the court. I am going to appeal the sanction."