Djokovic thrown out of US Open for hitting a judge on throat

7th September 2020

7th September 2020

Novak Djokovic's mistake of hitting the line judge in the throat with a ball got him kicked out of the ongoing U.S. Open 2020.

This incident resulted in a sensational end to the world number one men's tennis player's bid for 18th Grand Slam title and 29-match winning streak.

In the first set against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta, Djokovic was down by 5-6 when he smacked a ball behind him in anger. The ball flew in the female line judge's direction and struck on her throat which made the judge drop on her knees and gasp at the back of the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Djokovic immediately realized his mistake and rushed to check if the judge is fine and apologized for his conduct.

The judge went from the court to medical care and the match referee had a 10 minutes discussion with Djokovic before announcing his disqualification from the U.S Open 2020.

Pablo Carreno Busta became the winner of the match by default.

By taking responsibility for his actions, Djokovic apologized to the judge via Instagram and insisted that he will never forget this lesson to sustain growth in the future.

On Instagram, Djokovic wrote, "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."

He also added, "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."

Serbian tennis player, Novak Djokovic is very close to beating his rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the race of having the highest Grand Slam titles. Nadal has 19 and Federer 20 Grand Slam titles to his name respectively.

Djokovic failed in adding a 18th Grand Slam title to his name, whereas Nadal and Federer did not participate in the U.S. Open 2020 this year. 

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