Top-seeded Novak Djokovic was defaulted from his fourth-round match at the U.S. Open after he accidentally hit a line judge in the neck with a tennis ball Sunday.
Novak Djokovic hit himself out of the US Open in a shocking default.
Djokovic had just lost a game, giving Carreno Busta a 6-5 lead in their first set, when Djokovic hit a ball toward the back wall in apparent frustration.
Djokovic appeared to be looking away from the official at the time, but he hit the ball with considerable force and when it struck her she could be heard gasping and coughing.
Following around ten minutes of discussions with a rules official, the umpire declared that Carreno Busta had won by default.
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At Wimbledon in 1995, Tim Henman hit a ball into the head of a ball girl and was defaulted from a doubles match with partner Jeremy Bates. "I think the tournament made the right decision". "If he would have hit it anywhere else, if it would have landed anywhere else, we are talking about a few inches, he would have been fine".
With this default, Djokovic's unbeaten run in 2020 has come to an end.
After a few minutes she got up and walked off the court.
While there was no malice in Djokovic's strike, he did himself no favors blowing off the mandatory post-match press conference rather than explaining his side of the story.
After the trainer applied some deep muscle massage to his left shoulder, Djokovic returned to court and netted a one-handed drop shot that failed to clear the tape to fall into a triple break point hole.
Fifth seed Alexander Zverev, who eased into the last eight with a 6-2 6-2 6-1 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, said he was in shock.