Novak Djokovic defaulted in the US Open after he hit a line judge
The tennis world was left shocked as Novak Djokovic defaulted in the US Open after he hit a line judge during his round of 16 match against Pablo Carreno Busta.
Djokovic was the favourite coming into this competition as he chased Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slams.
The Serbian won the Australian Open earlier in the year and with Wimbledon cancelled, this was the second Grand Slam of the year.
Djokovic cut a frustrated figure in the first set and after losing a game, he tried to send the ball back to the ball boys/girls.
However, his second shot hit one of the line judges and the lady fell down. She was hit on the throat it seemed and Djokovic rushed to attend to her.
— ESPN (@espn) September 6, 2020
The Serbian tried to explain his situation in a long conversation but he defaulted from the competition.
However, the rule book confirmed the fine that Djokovic was going to pay. The Serbian was thrown out from the US Open and was fined all the points and prize money he won. He could also get more fines levied on him in due course.
Kyrgios serves an ace
While Djokovic posted a long apology for his actions, getting defaulted from the US Open is a huge punishment.
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This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. I checked on the lines person and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling ok. I‘m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong. I’m not disclosing her name to respect her privacy. As for the disqualification, I need to go back within and work on my disappointment and turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being. I apologize to the @usopen tournament and everyone associated for my behavior. I’m very grateful to my team and family for being my rock support, and my fans for always being there with me. Thank you and I’m so sorry. Cela ova situacija me čini zaista tužnim i praznim. Proverio sam kako se oseća linijski sudija, i prema informacijama koje sam dobio, oseća se dobro, hvala Bogu. Njeno ime ne mogu da otkrijem zbog očuvanja njene privatnosti. Jako mi je žao što sam joj naneo takav stres. Nije bilo namerno. Bilo je pogrešno. Želim da ovo neprijatno iskustvo, diskvalifikaciju sa turnira, pretvorim u važnu životnu lekciju, kako bih nastavio da rastem i razvijam se kao čovek, ali i teniser. Izvinjavam se organizatorima US Opena. Veoma sam zahvalan svom timu i porodici što mi pružaju snažnu podršku, kao i mojim navijačima jer su uvek uz mene. Hvala vam i žao mi je. Bio je ovo težak dan za sve.
It did seem that he didn’t mean to harm the judge, but Nick Kyrgios took a swipe at his rival. The Australian hasn’t seen eye-to-eye with many top tennis stars and joked how long he would be banned if he did a similar incident.
The options ranged from five years to 20 years, however, Tommy Paul had the most epic response to all this.
The tennis star claimed that Kyrgios would be in jail right now, and players would have to bail him out.
We’d be bailing you outta jail right now
— Tommy Paul (@TommyPaul1) September 6, 2020
Kyrgios, who has a bit of a wild side to him, loved the response but things don’t look good for Djokovic.
The Serbian was criticised for organising the Adria Tour which led to many coronavirus cases. He also recently resigned from the players association to start his own group.
2020 started off with a bang for Djokovic, but nothing seems to be going right for him ever since.
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