Novak Djokovic of World No. 1 Serbia has been eliminated from the tournament after being disqualified at the fourth Grand Slam US Open of the year. On Saturday, Djokovic was disqualified from the tournament in the pre-quarterfinal match as he hit a ball to Lineswoman. Djokovic was trailing 5-6 against Spain’s Pabelle Carreno Busto in the match. For this reason Djokovic was unhappy and hit the ball during the match, showing a rash that went directly to the lineswoman’s neck. After this, the match referee also talked to Djokovic after discussing among themselves and he was disqualified. Djokovic later expressed his grief for the incident by posting a post on Instagram. Djokovic described the incident as tragic
Djokovic becomes the third player to be disqualified in Grand Slam history. Before that, John McEnroe disqualified from the Australian Open in 2000 and Stephen Kuback from the French Open in 2000. Djokovic was considered a strong contender to win the US Open. He also had a chance to win the 18th Grand Slam. But due to being disqualified, now this opportunity has been lost.
The American Tennis Association (USTA) has issued a statement confirming Djokovic’s disqualification. As per US Open rules, if a player injures an official or spectator, he is consequently disqualified along with a penalty. The match referee found Novak Djokovic guilty of this. Accordingly, the prize money to Djokovic will be deducted when the tournament reaches the pre-quarter match. Also, the ranking points which a player gets, will also be reduced.