In one of the vital weird scenes we’ve ever seen at a tennis Grand Slam, No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic was defaulted within the first set of his fourth-round match on Sunday when he struck a ball that inadvertently hit a line decide.
Djokovic, who was undefeated at 26-0 this season and the clear favourite to win what may have been his 18th Grand Slam title, was trailing Pablo Carreño Busta and was clearly pissed off on the court docket. Earlier within the match, Djokovic hit a ball off the wall in anger.
The second occurred simply after Djokovic’s serve had been damaged. He turned and hit one ball to a line decide within the nook, after which hit ball one other that struck a decide. Djokovic put his palms up and approached the decide to make it clear that he didn’t deliberately hit her.
Djokovic tried to plead his case to officers, suggesting a attainable recreation penalty or set penalty, however was defaulted as an alternative, knocking him out of the U.S. Open.
Djokovic addressed the incident in an Instagram publish.