Novak Djokovic disqualified from US Open for hitting judge with ball

September 7, 2020: World No.1 Novak Djokovic exited the US Open in the most unexpected fashion after he was defaulted as a ball he struck had hit the line judge in the throat.

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Novak Djokovic waited for a decision by tennis officials after accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball on Sunday at the U.S. Open.(Jason Szenes/EPA)

September 7, 2020: World No.1 Novak Djokovic exited the US Open in the most unexpected fashion after he was defaulted as a ball he struck had hit the line judge in the throat. While the shot wasn't intentional, the official was down for a while. The Serb was in action against Pablo Carreno Busta.

While Djokovic didn't attend the post-match interaction, he did take to social media to apologise.

"This whole situation has left me really sad and empty," Djokovic wrote. "I checked on the lines person and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling ok. I'm extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong. I'm not disclosing her name to respect her privacy. 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," he added.

"I apologize to the @usopen tournament and everyone associated for my behavior. I'm very grateful to my team and family for being my rock support, and my fans for always being there with me. Thank you and I'm so sorry," he wrote further.

The USTA (United States Tennis Association) issued a statement and said: "In accordance with the Grand Slam rulebook, following his actions of intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences, the US Open tournament referee defaulted Novak Djokovic from the 2020 US Open. Because he was defaulted, Djokovic will lose all ranking points earned at the US Open and will be fined the prize money won at the tournament in addition to any or all fines levied with respect to the offending incident."

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