A tennis player has been shocked after being disqualified from an ATP Tour event for taking a shower during a toilet break. American Nicolas Moreno De Alboran said he turned on the shower to remove sand from his body which had caused a rash in the searing heat.
He was followed in the toilets during the Sevilla Challenger tournament by Federico Delbonis who informed the officials about his opponent’s unauthorized shower break, which resulted in Alboran’s exclusion from the competition. A statement from Alboran was later posted on Instagram, it read: “During the second set I fell more than 3/4 times. On one of them, sand got into my sub -clothes.
“I had to play like that for 30 minutes and it gave me a rash which started bleeding after a while. When I won the second set I went to the bathroom to change (you have five minutes).
“When I saw that I couldn’t remove the sand with the towel because I was sweating so much. I decided to use the shower handle to just rinse off the sand.
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“My opponent told the referee who came to the bathroom with us that I had taken a shower (which you are not allowed to do). The tournament referee then proceeded to remove me from the tournament. On top of that, I will not receive tournament points or prize money, and will have to pay for my hotel room for the days I was playing in the tournament.
“It has nothing to do with the tournament or its organization which has been incredible all week.” The tournament’s first round match on clay was finely balanced at one set apiece when the incident occurred. Argentina’s Delbonis won the first set 7-5 but Alboran won the second 7-6 after a tie-break that ended 8-6.
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