Novak Djokovic has been sensationally defaulted from the US Open for hitting a feminine line decide with a ball.
The highest seed and 17-time grand slam champion had simply dropped serve to path Spanish opponent Pablo Carreno Busta 6-5 within the opening set of their fourth-round match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
In frustration, Djokovic unintentionally hit a line decide with a ball, which resulted in her falling to the bottom.
He instantly went to investigate cross-check her, however following a prolonged dialogue between match officers and the Serb, he was dumped out of the competitors.
Djokovic pleaded with officers earlier than amassing his rackets and strolling off the court docket.
The 33-year-old received his 17th grand slam title in Australia and was the heavy favorite to make it 18 in New York having been unbeaten all season.
Nevertheless, his US Open run involves an finish in stunning trend.
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Djokovic isn’t the primary tennis participant to be defaulted for one thing comparable, although.
Canadian Denis Shapovalov was defaulted throughout a Davis Cup tie towards Nice Britain in 2017 after smashing a ball in anger that hit umpire Arnaud Gabas within the eye.
Tim Henman was additionally disqualified from Wimbledon 25 years in the past for hitting a ball lady with a ball throughout a doubles match, whereas David Nalbandian kicked an promoting hoarding throughout the Queen’s closing in 2012, injuring a line decide, and was defaulted.