Barbados’ number one tennis player Darian King has been disqualified in the first round of the Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger after he threw his racquet, hitting a lineswoman yesterday.
Down 6-4 6-6(4-2) to Great Britain’s Edward Corrie, the 22-year-old reacted to a lost point by throwing his racquet against the padded back wall of the court in frustration.
Unfortunately for the lineswoman, and King, the piece of equipment rebounded and collided with her back.
After receiving medical treatment on the court, the woman was cleared of serious injury. King was immediately disqualified for a code violation.
King has won three Future titles this year in America, Romania and the Netherlands. He has also won five of his six Davis Cup singles matches to help Barbados progress to the first group next year.