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Tennis star disqualified after hitting lineswoman with his racket

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It's not often an incident of this nature occurs but Darian King was disqualified from his latest tennis match after completely losing his temper and frightening a lineswoman with his reaction.

The tennis player from Barbados was disqualified in the first round of the Charlottesville Men's Pro Challenger after after losing a rally and subsequently throwing his racket and hitting a lineswoman.

Great Britain's Edward Corrie was the opposition for King and he is through to the second round after the bizarre incident ended the match prematurely.

Cleared of serious injury

The 22-year-old will have to curb his frustration in the future after his absurd reaction to losing a point almost seriously injured the line judge and cost him the match entirely.

The two players were currently battling through a tie break as the scoreboard read 6-4 6-6 (4-2) in Corrie's favour. 

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After losing the point, King angrily threw his racket against the padded wall at the back of the court, instantly the commentator realised the problem and the lineswoman at the back, evidently frightened by the incident, began to shrink down to the floor.

The piece of equipment had rebounded off the wall and cannoned onto her back, she was assisted with immediate medical attention and fortunately no serious injury was caused.

The match was called on the spot, the bemused player was disqualified for a code violation.

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