Djokovic disqualified from the US Open for hitting a lines woman in the throat.

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SeeItHitIt

Professional
Wow. He Powder puffed the ball towards one of the kids and didn’t even scream ‘I’m going to ram this ball down your throat’...DQ?

The USTA is firmly in control - since the ladies Effective DQ’s for the virus they don’t even have yesterday - why don’t they just save the planet a bit more by crowning their choice now? What could be more PC?
 

duaneeo

Hall of Fame
No way can I stay away with this news.

I haven't even been watching tennis since the pandemic because I think all results have asterisks, and because tennis is boring without a crowd. But without question, it's now interesting to see who will win his first slam title. Still, history will show that took a pandemic and a disqualification for a player born in the 90s to finally win a slam.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
No way can I stay away with this news.

I haven't even been watching tennis since the pandemic because I think all results have asterisks, and because tennis is boring without a crowd. But without question, it's now interesting to see who will win his first slam title. Still, history will show that took a pandemic and a disqualification for a player born in the 90s to finally win a slam.
@duaneeo Good to see you!!
 

Bud

Bionic Poster
That is another "intervention" from the heaven or from the under world (pick your side) together with COVID-19 to keep Roger Federer as the leader in number of GS titles. This is totally bad decision by the judges for the unfortunate and unintentional hit of lines person by Novak. Idiotic decision. But Novak got his karma back for all the things he did lately.
Nadal is one behind Fed with the FO 3 weeks away
 

jga111

Hall of Fame
He hit a line judge. And an old woman at that.
Other players have been disqualified for hitting lines judges and umpires (Shapo, Nalbandian)
Other players have only been penalised.

This shouldn’t have been a DQ. They just don’t like him - I’m not a fan of his, by I tell it for what it is. If that was Federer or Nadal, play continues all day long
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
Apparently Djokovic has skipped the press conference and everything. Such a fool, if he was smart he would front the media, apologise profusely and do damage control for his career. Now he just looks like an immature loser. Way to carry on the image of his failures following the Adria tour, he’s destroyed his image.
Like this is the 1st time someone lost their cool on court and were defaulted. Shapovalov is the worst one I have ever seen and we went to bed, woke up the next day and everybody went on with their lives. He is obviously extremely upset since this is the 1st time this has happened and this is a Slam, and instead of saying something regretfully, skipping the press conference is probably the best thing. This has no impact on his image since everyone knows it was an accident and not intentional.
 

fedfan08

Professional
Other players have only been penalised.

This shouldn’t have been a DQ. They just don’t like him - I’m not a fan of his, by I tell it for what it is. If that was Federer or Nadal, play continues all day long
Bulls—t. Shapo was DQ’d in DC for accidentally hitting the chair ump. No player should get special treatment. Fed and Nadal wouldn’t have either.
 

Fedforever

Hall of Fame
Well finally we can stop hearing all this whining about this tournament now that the bad wolf is gone, and we can actually enjoy the rest of this tournament. I'm actually ok with the decision today, and am curious to see which one of these young guys will take this.
I do wish you'd stop being such a good fan all over the place.

I like my prejudices about fans of other players to stay intact and unchallenged.
 

RF-18

Talk Tennis Guru
Apparently Djokovic has skipped the press conference and everything. Such a fool, if he was smart he would front the media, apologise profusely and do damage control for his career. Now he just looks like an immature loser. Way to carry on the image of his failures following the Adria tour, he’s destroyed his image.
Please stop. Stop living in your little fantasy world. It's completely understandable he doesnt wanna talk to anyone after going out in such a way in a GS tournament. Just try to imagine how he is feeling and stop living in your little bubble.
 

albatros_forehand

Professional
Anyone saying he didn't have an intention to harm the judge are just wrong! Sure he didn't have a direct intention to cause harm to that particular person (hopefully) but launching the ball like that just knowing there are line judges back there and he could hit someone.. that's indirect intent! Still guilty of breaking the rules (horribly) and a good call to default him!
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Wow. He Powder puffed the ball towards one of the kids and didn’t even scream ‘I’m going to ram this ball down your throat’...DQ?

The USTA is firmly in control - since the ladies Effective DQ’s for the virus they don’t even have yesterday - why don’t they just save the planet a bit more by crowning their choice now? What could be more PC?
This comparison is so stupid. Actions speak louder than words. If someone on the street said I’m going to kill you and then someone else actually does it, obviously the one who committed the crime gets the harsher punishment. I’d rather someone threaten to shove a ball than actually have one smacked towards me and hitting me in the throat.
 

Terenigma

G.O.A.T.
Another one who says "the rules are very clear" but I challenge you to point out where in the rulebook does it say that this is grounds for immediate disqualification
Sure thing.

PHYSICAL ABUSE
Players shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament site. Violation of this Section shall subject a player to a fine up to $20,000 for each violation. In addition, if such violation occurs during a match (including the warmup), the player shall be penalised in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule hereinafter set forth.

S. POINT PENALTY SCHEDULE
The Point Penalty Schedule to be used for violations set forth above is as follows: FIRST offence WARNING SECOND offence POINT PENALTY THIRD AND EACH SUBSEQUENT offence GAME PENALTY 47 However, after the third Code Violation, the Referee in consultation with the Grand Slam Chief of Supervisors shall determine whether each subsequent offence shall constitute a default.

T. DEFAULTS
The Referee in consultation with the Grand Slam Chief of Supervisors may declare a default for either a single violation of this Code or pursuant to the Point Penalty Schedule set out above.
 

Ruark

Professional
He didnt to that intentionally, there is no point actually do this intentionally.
I can see the point. There was no INTENT to "hit the linesperson in the throat," but it was the result of an unprofessional act. For example, if he threw a glass bottle into the stands, it PROBABLY wouldn't hit anybody, but would that make it OK if it didn't hit anybody, and not OK if it did? Of course not. Same here.
 

Mike Sams

G.O.A.T.
Busta was game today though. Down 4-5 and 0-40, saved 3 set points then came back to break Djokovic in the very next game. Djokovic was getting agitated and spilling errors at that point and going for desperation dropshots. Even falling to the ground after a passing winner from Busta.
From what I saw, any of Thiem, Medvedev or Zverev could've beaten Djokovic.
Quite possibly Djokovic was getting mentally and physically tired at this point. Definitely didn't look like Slam winning form. Just had a weak draw is all.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Please stop. Stop living in your little fantasy world. It's completely understandable he doesnt wanna talk to anyone after going out in such a way in a GS tournament. Just try to imagine how he is feeling and stop living in your little bubble.
Grown adults don’t just shy away when they make catastrophic mistakes, they own up and apologise. This just shows how immature and petulant he is.
 

Otacon

Hall of Fame
Back in November 2016, Djokovic was questioned by a journalist about his temper after his ATP World Tour Finals victory over Dominic Thiem. The world number one was warned for unsportsmanlike conduct when he smashed the ball in the direction of his box.
The journalist asked: "Does it concern you one day that will cost you dearly? If you hit someone.
Djokovic: "You guys are unbelievable. You’re always picking these kind of things. I'm the only player that shows his frustration on the court? That’s what you are saying?
"It’s not an issue for me. It’s not the first time I did it."
It was then suggested he could have hit a spectator, to which the player replied: "It could have been, yes. It could have snowed in the O2 Arena as well, but it didn't."
 

jga111

Hall of Fame
Bulls—t. Shapo was DQ’d in DC for accidentally hitting the chair ump. No player should get special treatment. Fed and Nadal wouldn’t have either.
Disagree - shapo hit the ball so hard it was destined for the moon. Tsitsipas smashes racket against his dad and he plays on. This incident was clearly an accident and not even hit hard - worst decision I’ve seen in this sport
 
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