Novak Djokovic, the current world number one in tennis, was disqualified from the US Open on Sunday after hitting a tournament official with a ball. The dramatic exit took place during the first set of hÀis match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.
Djokovic is only the third player in Grand Slam history to be disqualified from a men’s singles tournament.
The Serbian was 5-6 down in his first set against Carreno Busta, when in a moment of frustration he slammed a tennis ball behind him. The ball hit a female line judge in the throat, causing her to fall on the floor.
Djokovic rushed over to the line judge to check if she was okay. She was able to get up after a few minutes and walk off the court.
Following a discussion of several minutes with officials on court, including tournament referee Soeren Friemel, the Serbian walked over to shake hands with Carreno Busta, who was declared the automatic winner of the match.
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