Novak Djokovic issued an apology after he hit a line judge with the ball in the match against Pablo Carreno Busta in the US Open. With this, Djokovic also lost the chance to win the match and qualify for the quarter-finals of the tournament.
The world number one, out of frustration during the match hit the ball behind which struck in the throat of the lineswoman. While Djokovic immediately helped her out, he defaulted the match after the discussion with the officials. With this incident, Djokovic also blew the opportunity to win, which could have been his 18th Grand Slam.
Novak shared his feelings on Twitter. He wrote, “This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. I checked on the linesperson and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling okay. I am extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong. I am not disclosing her name to respect her privacy.”
Soeren Friemel, the referee of the tournament also expressed his views on the situation. Additionally, he said that disqualifying Djokovic is the only option as the ball was hit recklessly and angrily.
Besides, the ball went at the throat of the umpire. He also mentioned that even though Djokovic’s intention may not be the same, however, you need to do the right things.
“My Fans For Always Being There With Me”- Novak Djokovic
However, this is not the first time when Djokovic’s temper got the better out of him. In the 2016 ATP Finals, he struck a ball so angrily that it almost hit a spectator.
Talking about the disqualification, Djokovic said, “As for disqualification, I need to go back within. Work on my disappointment and turn all this into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being.”
Additionally, Serbian added, “I apologize to the US Open tournament and everyone associated with 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.”