Novak Djokovic Issues Apology For Striking Line Judge With Ball At US Open

The tennis star was defaulted from his match

by Abigail Adams

September 6, 2020

Novak Djokovic has apologized for striking a line judge with a ball during the US Open.

The top-seeded tennis star angrily hit a ball in the line judge’s direction Sunday after going down 6-5 in a set against Pablo Carreno Busta during their fourth-round match. The judge was struck in the throat and Djokovic was disqualified as a result.

Djokovic took to Instagram later that evening to apologize for his actions, calling it “unintended” and “wrong.”

“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.”

The U.S. Tennis Association on Sunday said Djokovic “will lose all ranking points earned at US Open and will be fined the prize money won at the tournament” for his “negligent disregard.”

Thumbnail photo via Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports Images
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