Djokovic Issues Apology After Being Disqualified From US Open

September 7, 2020 by Landon Wheeler

Novak Djokovic checks on line judge after hitting her at the 2020 US OpenNovak Djokovic was expected to lift the 2020 US Open as there was no Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal in the mix to pose any challenge to the number one ranked player in the world. However, the men’s field is now open as Djokovic has been disqualified from the US Open.

Djokovic took on the 20th seed Pablo Carreño Busta in the round of 16 and was expected to cruise to victory.

However, Busta played well and pushed Djokovic in the first set which caused the Serbian player to be on edge. Djokovic lost his temper during the first set and ended up accidentally hitting the lines lady in her throat.

The rules state that if you hit a ball in anger and it ends up hitting anybody, you will automatically be disqualified from the tournament. The referee made the decision to eliminate Djokovic who was aghast at seeing the lines lady in pain.

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Djokovic skipped the post-match interview and reportedly left New York soon after. He issued a public apology via his Instagram a few hours later.

Instagram Apology

Djokovic posted on his Instagram

This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. I checked on the lines person 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

The Instagram post went on to say

As for the disqualification, I need to go back within and work on my disappointment and turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being. I apologize to the @usopen tournament and everyone associated for my behavior. I’m very grateful to my team and family for being my rock support, and my fans for always being there with me. Thank you and I’m so sorry.

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This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. I checked on the lines person 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. As for the disqualification, I need to go back within and work on my disappointment and turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being. I apologize to the @usopen tournament and everyone associated for my behavior. I’m very grateful to my team and family for being my rock support, and my fans for always being there with me. Thank you and I’m so sorry. Cela ova situacija me čini zaista tužnim i praznim. Proverio sam kako se oseća linijski sudija, i prema informacijama koje sam dobio, oseća se dobro, hvala Bogu. Njeno ime ne mogu da otkrijem zbog očuvanja njene privatnosti. Jako mi je žao što sam joj naneo takav stres. Nije bilo namerno. Bilo je pogrešno. Želim da ovo neprijatno iskustvo, diskvalifikaciju sa turnira, pretvorim u važnu životnu lekciju, kako bih nastavio da rastem i razvijam se kao čovek, ali i teniser. Izvinjavam se organizatorima US Opena. Veoma sam zahvalan svom timu i porodici što mi pružaju snažnu podršku, kao i mojim navijačima jer su uvek uz mene. Hvala vam i žao mi je. Bio je ovo težak dan za sve.

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Djokovic Gets Flak On Social Media

Djokovic got a lot of flak on social media for failing to appear for the post-match interview and address the press directly. Sam Groth who represented Australia in the past during the Davis Cup said he was disappointed that the number one player in the world did not lead by example.

Groth said Djokovic should have faced the media and issued a public apology in person. Controversial Australian player Nick Kyrgios who himself has had some moments of madness said that if he was the one who had hit the lines person, he would have been banned for x amount of years.

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