It seems to be a dooms year for World No. 1 Tennis Player Novak Djokovic, as a yet another trouble looped him days back. His bid to grab 18th Grand Slam is apparently shattered as he is now disqualified from continuing his participation in the 2020’s US Open Tournament. Novak was held a defaulter for negligently hitting a female line judge by the ball. The stunning incident happened on Sunday during the 4th-round of his match against his Spanish counterpart Pablo Carreno Busta.
This mishap shocked the entire tennis fraternity and fans across the globe. Novak went to the court’s sideline for a changeover. He then smacked the ball behind out of frustration. The ball hit the line judge accidentally, who fell on her knees, holding her neck in pain and misery.
After a deliberate discussion, Aurelie Tourte (the Chair Umpire) announced Novak, a defaulter. USTA justified the default by quoting the rule from the Rulebook of Grand slam, which says that recklessly hitting the ball inside the court or hitting the ball with slacking disregard of the resulting consequences leads to the default.
With this, it would be for the first time since 2004 that semi-finals of the Grand Slam will have no three ace players – Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.