Novak Djokovic US Open: Third player to be disqualified in Grand Slam history

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Novak Djokovic, the world's number one tennis player, was seen pleading with the match referee after the incident during the pre-quarterfinal match.
Novak Djokovic, the world's number one tennis player, was seen pleading with the match referee after the incident during the pre-quarterfinal match.

Novak Djokovic disqualified in US Open

World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic was declared disqualified in the pre-quarter-final of the US Open on Sunday. Djokovic of Serbia was facing Pre-quarter finalist Spain’s Pabelle Carreno Busto. Djokovic trailed 5-6 in the first set.

In this annoyance, he hit a shot that directly hit the female officer in the neck. After this, the woman had difficulty breathing for some time. However, Djokovic reached out to the woman to know her health. But after some time the woman got up and walked out of the court. After this, the match referee also talked to Djokovic after discussing among themselves and Djokovic was disqualified.

Social media user’s tweet:

A user tweeted a video of this match. In it, the ball hit by Djokovic is seen looking at the female official present there. During this, the woman is seen falling at her place.

Djokovic third player to be disqualified

Djokovic is the third player from Serbia to be disqualified in Grand Slam history. Prior to Djokovic, John Machenro was disqualified from the Australian Open in 1990, and in 2000, Stephen Kuback from the French Open.

Djokovic had the chance to win the 18th Grand Slam

This time Roger Federer of Switzerland and 20 Grand Slam champions, Rafael Nadal of Spain, who won the most 20 Grand Slams, are not playing. This is the first time in 21 years that the two giants are not playing tournaments. Djokovic thus had a chance to win the 18th Grand Slam.

Roger Federer won the US Open for the first time in 2004

Federer played the US Open for the first time in 1999 and Nadal in 2003. Talking about the US Open title, Federer won the first title in 2004 and Nadal in 2010. Roger Federer is not playing the tournament this time due to knee injury while Nadal decided to withdraw from the tournament due to Corona.

USTA releases statement on Djokovic case

As per US Open rules, if a player injures an official or spectator, he is consequently disqualified along with a penalty. The match referee also found Novak Djokovic guilty. Accordingly, on reaching the pre-quarter match in the tournament, the prize money to Djokovic will be deducted. Also, the ranking points which a player gets, will also be reduced.

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