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

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

He approached Carreno Busta to say a word or two, then packed up his gear and left the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

He said once he found out what had happened he was "shocked".

No stranger to controversial on-court moments himself, the Aussie star fired a somewhat sarcastic suggestion in Djokovic's direction. Absolute scenes if Carreño Busta takes this one.

The New York Post's Marc Berman, however, argues the decision to default Djokovic was a "small-minded" decision where officials failed to read the situation correctly.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion also addressed his disqualification from the event and explained that he'll turn this unfortunate incident into a "life lesson" for his betterment.

The dramatic sequence of events on day seven at Flushing Meadows in NY started at five games all in the first set when at 0-30 Djokovic fell heavily on his shoulder.

"This whole situation has left me really sad and empty", he wrote, adding that "thank God" the woman was okay.

"It's going to be one of the young guys (winning), I think, if you count Dominic Thiem as a young guy, as well", said Zverev of the 27-year-old Austrian. I am extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong ... I apologise to the @usopen tournament and everyone associated for my behaviour.

King was far from the only person to instantly declare Djokovic guilty of all charges without a second thought. "The referee and the supervisor do the right thing, but it is not easy".

A default occurs when a player is removed from a match or tournament for any number of violations spelled out in the Official Grand Slam Rule Book or ATP and WTA tours code-of-conduct regulations.

Djokovic, who was clearly making the point that he had not meant to hit the official, was overheard saying "she doesn't have to go to hospital for this" but after 12 minutes of pleading his case his fate was sealed. "And taking everything into consideration, there was no discretion involved", Friemel said.

It struck her in the throat and she could be heard gasping.

Like many athletes around the world, Djokovic's first move was to offer assistance, pledging 1 million euros ($1.6 million) to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment in Serbia.

Djokovic, 33, later posted an apology on Instagram. Djokovic will be able to retain the fourth-round rankings points he earned at the 2019 Open.

And, of course, there's been his dominance on the court. Open, a tournament he was favourite to win to close the gap on Rafael Nadal's total of 19 grand slam wins and Roger Federer's 20. He was 26-0 this year heading into Sunday's affair and was the overwhelming favorite to capture his fourth US Open title. Canadian Denis Shapovalov had suffered the same fate as Djokovic during a 2017 Davis Cup tie when he, after an unforced error, smashed a ball in frustration with his racket and hit chair umpire Arnaud Gabas in the face.

As he walked to the sideline for the changeover, Djokovic smacked a ball behind him.

"I was in shock", Carreno Busta said after the match. In fact, given his US Open exit has come by way of a default, he still technically hasn't lost a match all year.

"Unfortunately he's compounding the error", Henman said.

"If it would have landed anywhere else, he would have been fine".

He is not aiming for the line judge, but has hit the ball away and you have to be responsible for your actions.

The umpire then declared that Carreno Busta had won by default.

While he immediately tended to her and apologised, the world No.1 was given his marching orders after tournament officials deliberated for 10 minutes.

Play was delayed for a few minutes while a trainer checked on him.

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