Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 males’s participant, defaulted from the U.S. Open on Sunday after placing a ball in frustration and unintentionally hitting a lineswoman within the throat.
Trailing the primary set of his fourth spherical match towards Spain’s Pablo Carreño Busta, the top-seeded Djokovic hit a ball towards the again of the court docket which struck the lineswoman within the neck, inflicting her to drop to the bottom.
After discussions with match referee Soeren Friemel, Djokovic was defaulted, ending his probability of going for an 18th Grand Slam in a match with out Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Held behind closed doorways, the U.S. Open is the second Grand Slam of 2020 and the primary through the world Covid-19 pandemic, with Djokovic successful a singles title on the 2020 Australian Open in February.
The dropped match is his first of his in any other case undefeated 2020, and the 20th seed Carreño Bustawill as a substitute strikes on to the quarterfinals.
Djokovic entered the match amid scrutiny over actions and statements made through the pandemic, together with his opposition to vaccines, saying in April, “I am opposed to vaccination, and I wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel.”
He was additional mired in controversy in June after organizing an exhibition match with out social distancing protocols and shortly after testing optimistic for Covid-19, together with a number of others that took half within the occasion.
Billie Jean King weighed in on the matter. “First I hope the line judge is okay. The rule is the rule. It is unfortunate for everyone involved, but in this specific situation the default was the right call.”
Djokovic will lose all rating factors earned on the U.S. Open and can be fined the prize cash received on the match, together with every other fines from the incident, in accordance with an announcement from the U.S. Tennis Association. This would be the first Grand Slam since 2004 to not function Federer, Nadal or Djokovic within the semifinals.