High Profile Defaults in Professional Tennis

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David Nalbandian
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Steve Kanzer has served as the chairman and chief executive officer of Accredited Ventures, Inc., in New York City since 2001. When he is not leading the investment banking company’s life science sector Steve Kanzer enjoys staying active by playing tennis.

Like golf, tennis is often regarded as a sport of etiquette. It is considered impolite, for example, to celebrate a point that ends in an unforced error by an opponent. That said, there have been several occasions on which a professional player’s actions and behavior have resulted in disqualification from a match.

One of the more recent disqualifications came during the final of the 2012 AEGON Championships, a grass court tournament held in London just before Wimbledon. Former world No. 3 David Nalbandian took the first set from Croatian Marin Cilic in a tie breaker. The match was on serve 3-4 in the second set when Nalbandian kicked the base of an on court advertisement in frustration. The advertisement broke, sending pieces of wood into the leg of a nearby linesperson. Fergus Murphy, the presiding chair umpire, immediately declared a default, awarding the match, and the tournament, to Cilic.

John McEnroe is a player that often calls to mind on-court tirades, though his infamous engagements with chair umpires rarely resulted in more than a stern warning or point penalty. That all changed in 1990 when the American became the first player in nearly three decades to be disqualified from a grand slam match. Leading Mikael Pernfors two sets to one in the fourth round of the Australian Open, McEnroe let his temper get the best of him, smashing a racket and reeling off a litany of curse words. Chair umpire Gerry Armstong cited racket abuse and verbal abuse as grounds from the default.

Another high profile default involves Andre Agassi at the 1996 RCA Championships in Indianapolis. Once again, Agassi found himself leading the match one set to love before he cursed directly at the umpire and fired a ball off into the stadium. Dana Loconto conferred with Mark Darby, the tournament supervisor, before announcing the default to an upset crowd.


Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Holds Annual Conference in May

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Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
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A biotechnology and pharmaceutical finance professional, Steve Kanzer serves as the chairman and CEO of Accredited Ventures, Inc. in New York, New York. Steve Kanzer is also a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which holds its 2016 Annual Conference in May.

FINRA’s Annual Conference enables financial professionals to receive the latest information from industry regulators and be exposed to new perspectives from leading practitioners. The conference features a number of presentations by regulatory, government, and industry speakers in addition to offering compliance programs for newer compliance professionals. Additionally, participants can network with exhibitors and other practitioners as well as earn certified revenue cycle professional, continuing professional education, and continuing legal education credits.

Attendees may participate in the conference in-person or via online broadcast. Registration rates vary depending upon type of attendance ticket, FINRA membership, and status as an attorney or government professional. The conference will take place May 23 through May 25 at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC.

An opening night reception will also take place the first evening of the conference, allowing participants an additional opportunity to network with peers and regulators. The business-casual reception will take place at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on May 23, 2016. Guests may accompany attendees for an additional charge of $95, which covers entrance into the museum, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts.