Title favourite Novak Djokovic was sensationally defaulted from the US Open after hitting a line judge with a ball.
In 2017, for example, Denis Shapovalov - the 21-year-old Canadian scheduled to play his fourth-round match Sunday night - was defaulted from a Davis Cup match against Britain when he accidentally hit the chair umpire in the face with a ball.
Djokovic, the world No. 1 and heavy favorite in NY, swatted the ball in frustration and struck a lineswoman in the neck after having his serve broken by the Spaniard, who had just taken a 6-5 lead in the first set. The ball hit a line judge, who dropped to her knees at the back of the court and reached for her neck.
"It's the right decision", British former player Tim Henman, who was disqualified from Wimbledon for a similar incident in 1995, told Amazon Prime.
A few points earlier, Djokovic had received medical attention after falling on his left shoulder during a point. "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".
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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.
Djokovic, the world No. 1 undefeated in 2020, is one of three Grand Slam singles champions in the men's field.
Moments before his US Open went off the rails, Djokovic held triple break point on Carreno Busta's serve and was one point away from breaking to serve for a one-set lead.
A outcome of Djokovic's disqualification is that, for the first time since Marin Cilic won the US Open title in 2014, there will be a new men's grand slam champion.
"Going to be a new Grand Slam champion, (that's) all I know".