Novak Djokovic exits US Open after being disqualified for hitting official with ball!
Galatta | Sep 07, 2020, 01:05 pm
With the world slowly limping back to normalcy from the ongoing COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic, sporting events are also just getting back on track, that too with a lot of restrictions in place. In the world of Tennis, the US Open is one of the most important tournaments on the ATP circuit and the 2020 edition of this is currently underway at the Billie Jean King US National Tennis Center. The World No. 1 ranked Men's player Novak Djokovic is pursuing his 18th career grand slam title and was playing his Round of 16 match against Spain's Pablo Carrena Busta. Having gone down 5-6 in the first set, the second set brought even more despair for Djokovic! He hit a ball towards a line official, which unfortunately struck her throat and left her on the ground after she gave an audible gasp.
Djokovic immediately rushed over to check on her condition and in just a few minutes, the official got up and walked off the court! However, the umpire, match referee and tournament referee had a further 10 minutes of discussion, following which it was announced that Djokovic had forfeit the match and that Pablo Carrena Busta had won by default. A visibly crest-fallen Djokovic went on to shake hands with Busta, before leaving the Court. Djokovic later issued an apology on social media too. His post read, "This whole situation has left me really sad and empty... I‘m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong.
Djokovic's post further read, "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 apologise to the @usopen tournament and everyone associated for my behaviour." This sensational disqualification brings to an end Djokovic's streak of 26 wins, from the start of this year. The USTA subsequently released a statement saying that Djokovic would lose all ranking points earned from this event and will also be fined $250,000 - his prize money for reaching the final 16! Djokovic was disqualified under the tournament rule, "Players shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament site. The referee, in consultation with the Grand Slam Chief of Supervisors may declare a default for either a single violation of this code."