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Novak Djokovic out of US Open 2020 after hitting line judge with ball

By: AP | New York |

Updated: September 7, 2020 2:39:56 am

Novak Djokovic, Novak Djokovic US Open 2020, Novak Djokovic disqualified, Djokovic line judge videoNovak Djokovic just hit a lines person in the neck with an errant ball. (AP Photo)

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic was defaulted from his fourth-round match at the U.S. Open after he accidentally hit a line judge with a tennis ball Sunday. It was a stunning end to Djokovic’s bid for an 18th Grand Slam title and his 26-0 start to this season.

Djokovic had just lost a game to his opponent, Pablo Carreno Busta, to fall behind 6-5 in the first set. As he walked to the sideline for the changeover, Djokovic smacked a ball behind him. The ball hit a female line judge, who dropped to her knees at the back of the court.

After a discussion of several minutes with officials on court, Djokovic walked over to shake hands with Carreno Busta, and the default was announced.

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