Updated: September 7, 2020 2:39:56 am
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.
— Greg Brady (@gregbradyTO) September 6, 2020
HUGE: Novak Djokovic got disqualified from the US Open for this.
That was a nasty hit.
— Parallel Pundir 🕙 (@pundirlol) September 6, 2020
Djokovic just hit a lines person in the neck with an errant ball after losing a point. And I think he knew it. Yikes. pic.twitter.com/05iVUtpQ0Z
— thehojo (@thehojo) September 6, 2020
Agree with Rennae Sttubs that the decision was the right one regarding #djokovic, unintentionally injuring the lines woman. But rules are clear in situations like this one. |#tennismedia #luciahoffman pic.twitter.com/vKjnU0YPDn
— TENNISMEDIA (@luciahoff) September 6, 2020
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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