Fernando Verdasco hurts hand punching locker during meltdown
Fernando Verdasco had a rough all around day on Friday during a three-set loss to qualifier Federico Delbonis in the quarterfinals of the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg. Delbonis beat Verdasco 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 and Verdasco melted down in the process.
After blowing two match points and losing the second set tiebreak, Verdasco slammed his racket against the court and then took a bathroom break. Upon returning to the court, Verdasco asked for a trainer to examine his hand. According to Beyond the Baseline’s Courtney Nguyen, the TV commentators said and a tournament official confirmed that Verdasco hurt his hand hitting a locker during his bathroom break. Below you can see him getting treated:
Then in the third set, Verdasco was issued a code violation after hitting a ball into the stands. Because that was his second violation of the match, he lost a point, giving Delbonis the game.
Verdasco also tweeted that he is out of next week’s tournament with an injury. I wonder what injury that could be.
Big dissapointment the match that went away today with an injury too that will not let me play next week in umag!
— Fernando Verdasco (@FerVerdasco) July 19, 2013
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