In the round of 16 yesterday at the US Open, world number-one-ranked Novak Djokovic was disqualified from his match after hitting a ball away in frustration and connecting with a line judge in the throat.
Before this loss, Djokovic was 26-0 on the year.
Yes, it’s just a tennis ball, but also, it’s one of the strongest players in the world hitting it. Those things can pack a punch, as evidenced by line judge Laura Clark sinking to her knees after the contact was made.
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Djokovic disqualified from the US Open for hitting a line judge in the face with a tennis ball pic.twitter.com/mpafwm1ODL
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Djokovic had just lost the last set to go down 5-6 to Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, but when you’re as experienced as Djokovic is, you know how to lead a comeback.
Losing the bag
The number one player in the worlds’ petulant action cost him $10,000 in fines and $250,000 in prize money.
A golden lottery ticket to us; spare change to a worldwide superstar. But even more importantly, Djokovic was disqualified from the match and lost out on the chance to win the US Open and add to his trophy books.
And his actions underscored a significant issue with the Serbian: a tendency to lose his temper.
Novak Djokovic could use some anger management
Djokovic has previously thrown his racket past a ball boy and hit the judge’s chair. For a sport so reliant on a calm temperament and unwritten (and written) rules of etiquette, Djokovic has shown himself to slip up in big moments.
I was watching the match yesterday. Carrion Busta had no answer for Djokovic’s serve. The Spaniard was holding his own, as evidenced by the score, but Djokovic would still have been most anyone’s pick to win the match.
Not only did the Serbian superstar blow his chance at securing another Grand Slam, but he squashed a beautiful match of tennis. Shame, shame, shame.
Djokovic is ranked number one in the world for a reason. He is the best right now. But all time, in most people’s eyes, he is still staring up at the likes of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. And he’s 33… closer to the end than he is the beginning.
We can bask in the delight of this man’s brilliance on the court while still expecting more from him. Arrogance is the death of success.
And at the end of the day, Novak, you’re hurting yourself more than anyone else.
This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. I checked on the lines person and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling ok. I‘m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So… https://t.co/UL4hWEirWL
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) September 6, 2020