Novak Djokovic Disqualified From US Open

Novak Djokovic Disqualified From US Open
Novak Djokovic was disqualified from US Open.

Sunday night was a disaster when Novak Djokovic was disqualified from the US Open. All this happened after his temper broke out during the match. During his match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno, he broke out for 5-6 in the opening set. After getting frustrated, he whacked the ball towards Laura Clark who was the line judge for the match. The ball hit Clark’s throat after which she collapsed. Djokovic has also been fined $10,000 by the USTA for such behavior. The USTA also said that he would have to forfeit his point and his fourth-round prize money. Djokovic did try to apologize for his behavior but he was thrown out of the tournament.

Novak Djokovic Disqualified From US Open
Novak Djokovic was close to winning his 18th Grand Slam.

What did Djokovic do and what action did the federation take?

This gave rise to a controversy stating that during the time Rodger Federer was involved in four similar incidents, the punishment was not as severe. Federer hit a ball boy during his match against Andy Murray but was laughed off. There was no type of fine, disqualification, or loss of points. Soeren Friemel, the tournament director said that if any kind of guidelines are being broke, ejection from the tournament is the decision. The decision was made under valid circumstances with Novak being angry on losing his serve to a player who ranks much lower than him to the line umpire clearly getting hurt.

He stormed off to his car without talking to the reporters which made it even worse. During a match in 2016, Djokovic had thrown off his racket which was close to hitting a line judge and during the ATP World Tour finals, he had hit the ball to the spectator seats. After he posted an apology on social media, all his fans went to the line judge’s account calling her names and started abusing her for acting through the situation even though she was fine. People are mocking her dead son. She had uploaded a post dedicated to her son Josh, after he had passed away in 2008 due to a bicycle accident. She has also started receiving death threats for the same.

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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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How did his fans react?

Fans feel the player has been wronged. Djokovic did not mention her name anywhere to protect her privacy but things ended up so. Djokovic was about to close the gap between Federer’s 20 Grand Slams and Nadal’s 19 if he had won this time. This would have been his 18th Grand Slam. But anyways, the French Open is scheduled in a month so he does have a chance. John McEnroe, who had a lot of outbursts during his games in the past said that the pressure kicks in and that is when people do not understand how they behave. But, this has surely made him the bad guy and the stain is here to stay forever.

Sunandan Sharma