"I was in shock", Carreno Busta said after the match.
Laura Clark, from Owensboro, Kentucky, was catapulted into the spotlight on Sunday night after Djokovic inadvertently hit her with a stray tennis ball, resulting in him being disqualified from the US Open.
Novak Djokovic will have to get used to being the "bad guy" following his disqualification from the US Open for striking a line judge with a ball, American great John McEnroe has said. The linesperson collapsed to the ground, where they stayed for several minutes. After the ball was struck, it was immediately clear that she was hurt and the Serbian rushed over to check on her condition.
During a discussion of about 10 minutes near the net involving tournament referee Soeren Friemel, Grand Slam supervisor Andreas Egli and chair umpire Aurelie Tourte, Djokovic pleaded his case.
On top of that, in the year of COVID-19, Djokovic has not only reaffirmed his anti-vaccination stance but openly flouted social distancing measures to attend parties - parties that were well-documented by social media.
In a statement on Instagram only hours after his sensational exit in NY, the Serbian world No 1 said he had been left "really sad and empty" by the controversy. I am extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong. "I apologize to the US Open tournament and everyone associated for my behavior".
The USTA said Djokovic would lose all the ranking points earned from the event and be fined $250,000 - his prize money for reaching round four.
"His point was that he didn't hit the line umpire intentionally", he said. It reads: "Players shall not violently, dangerously or with anger hit, kick or throw a tennis ball within the precincts of the tournament site except in the reasonable pursuit of a point during a match (including warm-up). There was no other option", he told reporters.
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Djokovic was subsequently disqualified and is out of the tournament.
The unfortunate incident occurred in the first set of Djokovic's match against Pablo Carreno Busta. I was looking to my coach, celebrating the break. "I was sleeping because I knew I was going to play a very late match but, yeah I saw it afterwards, the aftermath", she said in an on-court interview. I never expected this moment playing against Novak.
Former players reacted with shock at the disqualification but said officials had made the correct decision.
A world number one being defaulted sent shockwaves around Flushing Meadows which has witnessed many insane events down the years, including two high-profile incidents involving Serena Williams, most recently in the 2018 final against Naomi Osaka when she was docked a game near the end. He was 26-0 this year heading into Sunday's affair and was the overwhelming favorite to capture his fourth US Open title.
Djokovic's exit means there will be a first-time Grand Slam champion in the men's draw, with Zverev among the contenders at Flushing Meadows.
Djokovic got lucky a few years ago at the 2016 French Open.