Novak Djokovic cops additional fine for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ following US Open default

Novak Djokovic talks with US Open tournament referee

World No 1 Novak Djokovic has been fined $10,000 (about £7,600) after he was disqualified from the US Open for hitting a line judge with a ball.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner’s campaign came to a dramatic halt in the fourth round on Arthur Ashe Stadium as he was defaulted from his match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.

Comment: Novak Djokovic cannot play victim this time and needs to accept responsibility for his petulance

Djokovic accidentally hit the line judge in the throat when he tried to return a ball to a ball kid.

After lengthy discussions with tournament officials, the Serb was thrown out of the tournament.

Organisers also confirmed that “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”.

And that additionally fine of $10,000 for “unsportsmanlike conduct” has now been confirmed and it will go with the $250,000 (£190,000) in prize money he lost.

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