Novak Djokovic disqualified from US Open after hitting line judge with ball

Novak Djokovic disqualified from US Open after hitting line judge with ball

Novak Djokovic was disqualified from the US Open for hitting a line judge with the ball after losing a point during his fourth-round match against Pablo Carreno Busta on Sunday.

As he walked to the sideline for the changeover, Djokovic smacked a ball behind him. "He is not aiming for the line judge, but has hit the ball away and you have to be responsible for your actions".

After pleading his case for a while, Djokovic shook hands with the Spaniard and walked off the court.

The story behind this development surrounding Novak Djokovic is complicated, and it's hard to fully express in a brief period of time, but here is a simple summation: The US Open has an automatic linescalling system named "Hawkeye Live" on its outside courts, but the tournament chose to not use the system for its show courts, Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium.

The decision will send shockwaves through the sport.

Djokovic won his 17th slam singles title in Australia and was an overwhelming favourite to make it 18 in NY having not lost a match all season.

With this default, Djokovic's unbeaten run in 2020 has come to an end. Canadian Denis Shapovalov was defaulted during a Davis Cup tie against Great Britain in 2017 after smashing a ball in anger that hit umpire Arnaud Gabas in the eye.

Speaking on Amazon Prime, Henman said: "It's a massive shock".

Federer is out of the tournament after undergoing a right knee procedure.

"It's fantastic for me to talk about this because it happened to me at Wimbledon in 1995".

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