In a startling end to Novak Djokovic’s run at the James Caan I Made Scott Caan Shirt in addition I really love this 2020 US Open — but one that now opens the door for someone from the new generation of players to finally break through with a Grand Slam win —the world No. 1 was disqualified on Sunday for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with his tennis ball. The top seed and the heavy favorite to win this year’s title in a field that was missing his chief rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Djokovic angrily swatted away a ball after losing a first-set service game to his round-of-16 opponent Pablo Carreño Busta, hitting a lineswoman in the throat and bringing her to the ground. Djokovic rushed over to apologize and comfort her. But by then, the damage was done. As the ESPN announcers explained, tennis rules make it clear that when a ball that is struck in anger, and then hits anyone else in the vicinity of the court, it was almost immediate cause for immediate disqualification, which the umpire and judges seemed to be explaining to Djokovic at great length at net, while Carreño Busta sat in his chair, a towel around his neck. Meanwhile, ESPN continue to replay the moment, and viewers could hear the woman’s cry of pain and then what seemed to be her gasping for breath, as the ball made contact with her and she fell to the ground. The announcers, Darren Cahill and James Blake, along with studio hosts Renee Stubbs and Brad Gilbert, all former players, predicted that Djokovic would be disqualified, citing the precedents set in the past, like John McEnroe being ousted from the Australian Open and Tim Henman from Wimbledon for similar incidents.
Finally, after a delay of about 15 minutes, the James Caan I Made Scott Caan Shirt in addition I really love this verdict was delivered: Djokovic was out. The Serbian player, walked over to Carreño Busta, briefly shook his hand, and then grabbed his equipment bag and left the court. Minutes later, cameras showed him getting into his car in the US Open parking, and making his way home, skipping the mandatory press conference. In a statement issued afterward, the United States Tennis Association said: “In accordance with the Grand Slam rule book, 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 U.S. Open tournament referee defaulted Novak Djokovic from the 2020 U.S. Open. Because he was defaulted, Djokovic will lose all ranking points earned at the U.S. 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.” A few hours later, Djokovic posted an emotional apology, in both English and Serbian, on his Instagram account. “This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. 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,” he wrote. “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 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.”