Novak Djokovic was disqualified from the U.S. Open for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a tennis ball during a match on Sunday.
The incident marks an end to his 29-match winning streak. After hitting the woman Djokovic rushed over to check if she was okay. Visuals explained that the woman was having trouble breathing. She subsequently got up and walked off the court.
Finally, Carreno Busta was declared the winner by default after a ten minutes discussion between the umpire and the rules officials.
following the incident, Djokovic took to Instagram to express himself. “This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. I checked on the linesperson and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling ok. I‘m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended,” he wrote.
While the fans came out in support of the player and called it a “pity”. various officials also claimed that the player “deserved” it.
Tim Mayotte, coach and former player tweeted, “Almost every high-performance player I train does what Novak did in firing the ball. I tell them to stop it and break the habit for this exact reason, they eventually hit someone and it won’t be good. Yes, Novak deserved it”.