World number one Djokovic defaulted from US Open: Details here
In a strange turn of events, world number one Tennis player, Novak Djokovic has been disqualified from the US Open 2020 after he accidentally hit the lineswoman.
Djokovic was playing in the fourth round against Carreno Busta, when in frustration, he struck the ball which hit the lineswoman.
She was helped by umpire Aurelie Tourte and Djokovic. After a long discussion, he was defaulted.
Here is the video of Djokovic striking the ball
Here’s the video....Djokovic hit her right in the throat— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) September 6, 2020
Likely winner of the US Open disqualifies pic.twitter.com/d3qNfyZRCa
How did the event unfold?
Djokovic was playing well, as he was on a triple set point. But, he lost six consecutive points with the score reading 5-5 at one stage.
The world number one then lost his serve. Moments later, he received a medical timeout after injuring his left shoulder.
Upon his return, he got frustrated and subsequently hit a ball that struck the lineswoman.
Official statement on the default of Novak Djokovic
Here is the official statement on the default of Djokovic from the 2020 US Open.
"In accordance with the Grand Slam rulebook, 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 US Open tournament referee defaulted Novak Djokovic from the 2020 US Open," the statement read.
Djokovic to lose all ranking points earned at US Open
"Because he was defaulted, Djokovic will lose all ranking points earned at the US 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," it added.
Djokovic was the favorite to win the US Open
Djokovic was the favorite to lift the US Open, especially after both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer decided not to participate in the event.
He owns 17 Grand Slam titles and is only behind Federer (20) and Nadal (19).
Before this match, he had only dropped a single set in this edition.
With his disqualification, Austria's Dominic Thiem will aim to win the title.
Other notable results from Day 7
Among other men, Borna Ćorić advanced into his first-ever Grand Slam quarter-final with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 win over Australian Jordan Thompson.
Similarly, Canada's Denis Shapovalov booked his maiden spot in the quarter-final, having stunned the seventh seed David Goffin 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.
In the women's segment, Yulia Putintseva pulled off an upset over eighth seed Petra Martic, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.