Novak Djokovic disqualified from U.S. Open tournament for hitting line judge with ball
The three-time tournament champion accidentally hit the judge in a fit of anger during his fourth-round match against Pablo Carreno Busta. Djokovic was down 5-6 when he took a medical timeout for his shoulder after he fell while changing directions to chase a ball lobbed by his opponent.
The No.1 ranked mens tennis star Djokovic, then returned only to lose the game.
It seems he then smacked a ball out of frustration, which hit a linesperson, according to the tournament’s website.
The United States Tennis Association, the governing body of tennis in America, released a statement saying Djokovic was defaulted “following his actions of intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court … with negligent disregard of the consequences.”
He will lose all ranking points earned at the tournament and be fined the prize money he earned at U.S. Open. Djokovic could also face additional fines, the U.S. Open said