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'You cannot be serious!' Tennis' top tantrums

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  • David Nalbandian disqualified and fined after kicking out in Queen's final
  • The Argentine could also face police action after an assault investigation was launched
  • John McEnroe launched his famous "You cannot be serious!" tirade at Wimbledon in 1981
  • Briton Tim Henman disqualified in 1995 for striking a ball girl with an angry shot

David Nalbandian shocked the tennis world and prompted a police investigation with his act of frustration at Queen's Club on Sunday, inadvertently injuring a line judge by kicking out at an advertising board.

The Argentine was disqualified from the final against Marin Cilic, fined $12,500 and forfeited all the prize money he earned at the Wimbledon warmup event. He could face further punishment after London's Metropolitan Police Service announced it was investigating an alleged assault.

But Nalbandian is not the first tennis star to lose his cool on court, with a number of his peers also lashing out when the pressure is on.

In the gallery above, CNN looks back through the years to unearth the 10 most extreme examples of tennis tantrums.

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From angry Americans, raging Russians, bolshy Brits and surly Serbians, on-court etiquette is not always what it should be in men's and women's professional ranks.

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    • LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and his long time girlfriend Kim Sears arrive at Buckingham Palace on October 17, in London, England. Murray will become an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and receive his medal from the Duke of Cambridge. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

      The Scot has served up a few changes to his support team in 2014 but there's one person who isn't going anywhere -- his new fiancée Kim Sears.
    • Despite being forced to retire at the age of 24 due to health problems, Lacoste remained in the game and went on start the "Lacoste" brand in 1933, which specialised in tennis products. The inspiration for the company's logo came from his nickname as a player, "le crocodile."

      His distinctive crocodile logo is seen on clothing all over the world, but Rene Lacoste also left a lasting legacy in the development of tennis.
    • Serena Williams of the US holds the US Open trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their US Open 2014 women's singles finals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center September 7, 2014 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

      Serena Williams is without peer in the modern women's game and now she is on a par with two American tennis legends from the past.
    • American tennis player and golfer Althea Gibson (right) receives a kiss from compatriot Darlene Hard, whom she beat in two sets to become the first black woman to win the Women's Singles Finals at Wimbledon.

      Over the course of her remarkable life, Althea Gibson was many things to many people -- but it was tennis where she really left her mark.
    • "I didn't cry once when I practiced in front of the mirror," says Martin Emmrich. But the nerves kicked in when he got down on one knee on court.
    • LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 03: Tennis / Frauen: Wimbledon 2004, London; Finale; Siegerin Maria SHARAPOVA / RUS 03.07.04. (Photo by Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images)

      It's 10 years since a teenage Maria Sharapova became the darling of Wimbledon's hallowed Center Court, launching herself as a star.
    • Five-time grand slam champion Martina Hingis has followed her mom into a coaching role, setting up a new tennis academy in Barcelona, Spain.