Full US Open statement after Novak Djokovic gets defaulted: No ranking points, no prize money, possible fine
Novak Djokovic will lose all the ranking points he earned during the 2020 US Open while is likely to receive a heavy fine after he was defaulted from the tournament.
The tennis community was stunned on Sunday when world No 1 and 17-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic was thrown out of the tournament after he accidentally hit a line judge with a ball during his clash against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.
Djokovic was upset as he went down 6-5 after dropping his serve and he took a ball out of his pocked and, without looking, tried to hit it back to a ball kid, but it struck a female line judge in the throat.
After discussions with tournament officials, the Serb was defaulted from the fourth-round clash.
US Open organsers issued the following statement on the back of the incident: “In accordance with the Grand Slam rulebook, following his actions of intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences, the US Open tournament referee defaulted Novak Djokovic from the 2020 US Open.
“Because he was defaulted, Djokovic will lose all ranking points earned at the US Open and will be fined the prize money won at the tournament in addition to any or all fines levied with respect to the offending incident.”
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