Novak Djokovic out of US Open after hitting judge with tennis ball | 2020 US Open Highlights
The first racket of the world was awarded a technical defeat
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic was removed from the US Open after being annoyed by accidentally hitting a female referee with the ball.
The first racket of the world, Djokovic apologized for hitting the ball out of dissatisfaction with the loss in his serve in the first set of the match with the Spanish tennis player Pablo Carreno Busta, seeded number 20, after which the score was 6: 5 in favor of the Spaniard.
The match took place at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.
Djokovic seemed to be looking the other way when he pulled the ball out of his pocket and hit it in the direction of the referee, hitting her in the neck. The judge screamed, began to gasp and fell to the ground. Djokovic rushed to her aid and put his hand on her back as she struggled to breathe. A few minutes later she got up and left the court.
Djokovic spent about ten minutes sorting out the situation with the tournament referee Zoren Frimel, trying to explain himself. The umpire then declared Carreno Busta the technical winner of the match. Djokovic shook hands with the opponent before leaving the court, but did not shake hands with the referee who made the decision.
He went straight to his car and left the stadium without speaking to reporters.
Djokovic, 33, later apologized via Instagram, stating that he was “very sorry.” “This whole situation has seriously saddened and devastated me,” he wrote, adding that the woman was fine. “I’m really sorry that I caused her such stress. This was unintentional. And very wrong, “he wrote.
He also apologized to the organizers of the tournament for his behavior, but did not mention whether he considers it correct to credit him for a technical defeat..
The US Tennis Association said that Djokovic was considered defeated for violating tournament rules that prohibit “deliberately dangerous or reckless strikes on the ball on the court, or negligent strikes on the ball without regard to the consequences.”.
The Association noted that Djokovic will lose all ranking points and prize money.
According to the referee Freemel, Djokovic, in a conversation with him, insisted that he should not be counted for a technical defeat, since his actions were unintentional. Freemel said he agreed with the lack of malice, but stressed that it was a clear case of “angry and reckless” hitting the ball.
“She was clearly in pain. There was no other way out, “he told reporters..
The Serbian tennis star is one of the few athletes to have been disqualified from the men’s singles Grand Slam since John McEnroe was dropped from the Australian Open in 1990.
As a result of the competition at the US National Tennis Center named after Billie Jean King, Djokovic hoped to get the 18th Grand Slam title. He wanted to close the gap with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (both not in the tournament) in the race for the all-time record in the men’s Grand Slam singles..
Djokovic holds 17 titles, while Nadal has 19 and Federer has 20..
Carreno Busta said he did not see the incident.
“I was resting during the break and was with my coach,” he said in an interview with reporters. – When I heard that the line judge was lying on the ground, I was shocked. I never expected this to happen in the match with Novak. ” “It seems to me that it was bad luck,” he added..
Former tennis players were shocked by the disqualification, but said the decision was correct.
“The right bell!” – Tweeted the former first racket of the world among women Tracey Austin.
Four-time US Open winner Martina Navratilova said the organizers “had no choice but to count the loss to Djokovic..
Former British first racket Greg Rusedski called the suspension “incredible” but also said it was “the right decision.”.
A spokesman for the US Tennis Association said that the line judge received medical attention and was “okay.”.
Djokovic was the clear favorite of the competition and could take the fourth US Open title. His disqualification confused all the cards in the men’s category, and this could mean that the winner of the Grand Slam tournament next Sunday will be the person for whom this title will be the first.