Novak Djokovic Booted From US Open After Hitting Line Judge With Ball, Later Apologizes On Social Media

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic was kicked out of the U.S. Open for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a tennis ball after dropping a game in his fourth-round match Sunday, a stunning end to his 29-match winning streak and bid for an 18th Grand Slam title.

World No.1 Novak Djokovic has apologized and says he feels “sad and empty” after being sensationally booted out of the US Open for hitting an official with a tennis ball.

In a stunning end to his 29-match winning streak and bid for an 18th grand slam title, the world No.1 and raging title favorite was sensationally disqualified for the incident after dropping a game in his fourth-round match

As he walked to the Arthur Ashe Stadium sideline for a changeover, trailing Pablo Carreno Busta 6-5 in the first set, Djokovic angrily smacked a ball behind him.

the ball flew right at the line judge, who dropped to the women’s knees at the back of the court and reached for her neck.

“I’m as shocked as anybody. Novak and I go way back. We call each other family,” Becker, working as an analyst for broadcaster Eurosport, said. “This is probably the most difficult moment in his entire professional life. He did break the rule, the decision is correct.”

“When I turn back again, the line umpire was on the floor,” Carreno Busta told a news conference at Flushing Meadows.

“I’m very apprehensive about these kinds of things, so I was a little bit in shock.”