Djokovic disqualified in U.S. Open after accidentally hitting line judge

Wednesday, 09 Sep, 2020

Novak Djokovic, who was disqualified from the US Open, has extended support to the line judge whom he accidentally hit during his fourth-round match against Pablo Carreño Busta. He put his hand on her shoulder as she appeared to be struggling to catch her breath. I checked on the lines person and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling ok.

He has since asked his millions of fans to be "especially supportive and caring" to her, with reports claiming that she has been sent death threats. "So unintended. So wrong", he wrote. The 17-time Grand Slam champion took to social media to plea with the public to respect her privacy.

He also apologized to the tournament organizers for "my behavior", but did not say whether he thought they were right to default him. It has been a challenging year for everyone and although I am disappointed on a tennis front, the health and well-being of my family and my team will always be my priority.

"It's going to be one of the young guys, I think, if you count Dominic Thiem as a young guy, as well".

Serbia's Novak Djokovic, second right, tends to a line judge after striking her with a ball during his US Open men's singles match against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in NY on Sunday.

Novak Djokovic has been fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct following his disqualification from the US Open.

As he walked to the Arthur Ashe Stadium sideline for a changeover, trailing Carreño Busta 6-5 in the first set, Djokovic - who was overwhelming favourite for the championship in NY - angrily smacked a ball behind him. The ball hit the lineswoman, who fell to the ground and was gasping for air. His disqualification blows the men's draw wide open and means it will crown a first-time Grand Slam victor next Sunday. "We'll see where we go from here", added the German.

Being contrite is great, but an Instagram post doesn't replace your media duties, and you need to perform your post-match press conference like everybody else. The London-based Daily Mail also reported that a tabloid in Djokovic's native Serbia revealed her Instagram account, which led to "a barrage of deeply personal abuse".

Earlier Monday, Serena Williams said she will "have to make the best decision for my health" about playing in the French Open. He was in the form of his life, undefeated this year, on his way to grand slam No.18.

"His point was that he didn't hit the line umpire intentionally.We all agree that he did not do it on objective, but the facts are still that he hit the line umpire, and that the line umpire was clearly hurt".

McEnroe, himself no stranger to grand-slam defaults, accused Djokovic of making a "rookie mistake" after the incident, which saw the tournament favourite sent home in disgrace.

This 2020 US Open is now without Djokovic, Federer and Nadal.

"I don't know him very well but I've heard that he is generally behind the players, has been behind the players a little bit more in previous years, and maybe he has less personal interests".

After Tournament referee, Soeren Friemel and the Grand Slam supervisor, Andreas Egli, came on court, and had discussions with the chair umpire and Djokovic, the Serb was defaulted from the tournament.