AFTER US OPEN DISQUALIFICATION, DJOKOVIC IS SAD AND EMPTY
Novak Djokovic said he was “sad and empty” after a being disqualified from the US Open on Sunday after hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball during his fourth-round match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.
Having dropped serve to trail 5-6, the Serb swatted a ball reasonably hard to the court’s back, inadvertently striking the line judge, who screamed out in pain as she fell to the ground.
“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. So wrong. I’m not disclosing her name to respect her privacy,” Djokovic said.
Tournament referee Soeren Friemel came out on to the Arthur Ashe Stadium and spoke to chair umpire Aurelie Tourte and Andreas Egli, the Grand Slam supervisor, before a long chat the 33-year-old Serb.
After 12 minutes of pleading, Djokovic’s fate was sealed.