Novak Djokovic ruled out of US Open following his ball struck the line judge

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Novak Djokovic ruled out news – World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was ruled out of the U.S. Open tournament during a 4th round match after his angry smack of a tennis ball went on to hit a line referee in the throat. The news comes as a shock to the tennis community and all the sports fans around the world especially because of the fact that he was the favourite to win the tournament. He was trailing Spanish tennis player Pablo Carreno Busta 6-5 in the first set when he went to the sidelines to take a changeover break. That is precisely when he hit the ball behind which seemed like a strike of anger. The ball went on to hit the line judge who instantly fell down on her knees, reaching for her throat.novak djokovic ruled out news

Novak Djokovic ruled out news

The chair umpire presiding over the match was Aurelie Tourte. Tourte along with tournament referee Soeren Friemel and Grand Slam supervisor Andreas Egli, had an intense discussion with the Serbian star player for approximately 10 minutes, following which Djokovic went ahead and shook hands with his Spanish counterpart. Tourte then announced that Djokovic was out of the game or “Defaulted” which in tennis lingo means he was ruled out of the match due to the conduct.

Novak Djokovic ruled out news

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Djokovic then posted an apology on Instagram to the line judge whom he hit and all his fans for this bad conduct. He also thanked his family and fans who supported him throughout the situation. The US Tennis Association mentioned that Djokovic was defaulted in accordance with the rules of US OPEN which states : “his actions of intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences.” The association also said that Djokovic would have to return the prize money of US dollars 250,000 that he earned so far and also the ranking points that he had earned so far. Also Djokovic was subjected to a fine of US Dollars 10,000 for unintentionally hitting the match official. Had the event been intentional, the fine would have been much greater.

Novak Djokovic ruled out news

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Djokovic had an unbeaten record of 26-0 this season with him winning the past 5 GRAND SLAMS out of the 7 tournaments. He has a total of 17 Grand Slam titles to his name which is just 3 behind all time record holder Roger Federer (20) and two behind French rivals Rafael Nadal (19).

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