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

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Alba Barragan

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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.
I remember a 17 years old Shapovalov going straight to the press after that DC situation. 17 years old. Behaving more maturely than a 30+ years old multi slam champ. Agree with you, it's a bad look from Novak.
 

jm1980

G.O.A.T.
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.
Exactly. The rules say physical abuse shall be penalised in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule. The point penalty schedule mandates a warning for the first offense. This was the first offense, so it could have been a warning.

It says the grand slam supervise may declare a default for a single violation (if they deem it to be egregious enough) of this code. By "this code" it means any violation in the entire rulebook, including racquet smashes, profanity, etc. The operative word is "may." Nowhere does it say that a player must be defaulted if they hit somebody
 

Rago

Hall of Fame
In after obligatory Fedal gif.

Fedal fans right now:



I just remembered I have to name my first born Novak Djokovic once he passes fed in slams
The witnesses are MIA though . The 2 enforcers were paranoidandroid and @Rago
There is some hope after all.

If Novak retires with fewer than twenty slams, it's because of stuff like this and going on a walkabout against Murray of all people (@Mainad should have me on ignore after this) in two slam finals in 2012-13.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
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.
Lol please. Novak was toying with Busta, and had served 10 aces already in the first set. If he played like he did against Struff, no one stood a chance. It was the injury scare right before the unfortunate that he lost serve anyway.
 

asifallasleep

Hall of Fame
I'm horrible but if Serena had done the exact same thing everyone would have said disqualify her and ban her for a year. LOL.
I would have tossed her for sure, perhaps not the ban but even after realizing this, i'm not sure i would have disqualified Novak.
What is wrong with me?????
 

Terenigma

G.O.A.T.
Exactly. The rules say physical abuse shall be penalised in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule. The point penalty schedule mandates a warning for the first offense. This was the first offense, so it could have been a warning.

It says the grand slam supervise may declare a default for a single violation (if they deem it to be egregious enough) of this code. By "this code" it means any violation in the entire rulebook, including racquet smashes, profanity, etc. The operative word is "may." Nowhere does it say that a player must be defaulted if they hit somebody
Yeah it does and i get your point that it leaves it open to interpretation of what is considered "too much" but that's why the umpire consults with the supervisor and they both have to agree. A racquet smash or calling the umpire a moron are clearly on the low end but pulling your pants down and mooning the umpire and hitting a spectator/umpire/linesman is clearly at the high end. They had the option to give Djokovic a warning but opted to go with a default and according to the rules, they are perfectly within their right to do that.

If we start making allowances to players who accidently hit people with the ball then where does it end? Is Djokovic allowed to knock out a spectator and hospitalize them for a month and only get a warning? Some things need to be taken seriously, this is one of them.
 

tennistiger

Semi-Pro
Wrong - YOU don’t understand, the decision to default is made at the discretion of the referee
Think you are a Nole Fanboy

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.

Egli and Friemel did so.
 

mental midget

Hall of Fame
It really sucks to see this happen, but I think it had to be done. You just can’t hit a line judge, especially in the throat, hard enough that they have to leave the court. Any other player in this draw would have gotten the DQ, so to hold him to a double standard for the sake of ratings would have been hypocritical.

I’m still in shock... He seemed off/frustrated throughout the match, and it looked like an accident, but he couldn’t stop for a second and hit the ball literally anywhere in the empty stadium around him? If anything, accidents like this make more of a case for Hawkeye live. Just take the linesmen off the court.
a player hit a cameraman last week and didn’t get defaulted. not that i’m weighing in on which was the right call, just saying.

also as far as it being bad enough “for her to leave the court,” err, that’s a pretty fudgy yardstick. this is probably the best thing that ever happened to her when all’s said and done. i’d leave the court too, wailing in agony, believe it.
 

jga111

Hall of Fame
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.
So why didn’t Tsitsipas get disqualified?

 

jga111

Hall of Fame
Think you are a Nole Fanboy

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.

Egli and Friemel did so.
No not a fan boy - just someone with an eye to detail:

“may declare”
 

Vlad_C

Semi-Pro
This is just too funny.
Defeated by his own antics.
Djoker really wanting another GS, surely feeling like he already had this one in his pocket, then this happens.
Finally his crazy court antics catch up with him.

Fed and Rafa probably ROFL, this just couldn't get better.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
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.
Poor example. Shapovalov fronted the media and apologised. Djokovic ran away. That’s not what a leader would do, it’s what a petulant child would do.
 

Terenigma

G.O.A.T.
So why didn’t Tsitsipas get disqualified?
I don't know, i didn't watch that match but if he was not DQd then he must have got a warning. Again, it's in the rules to either punish them with the 3 warnings/default or the immediate default. That decision rests on the umpire/supervisor and they clearly opted to go with the warning in that case and the default in Djokovic's case.
 
So why is it ok to hit a ball / throw a racket and miss a line judge, ball boy, etc. but if you hit somebody then you are defaulted? Shouldn't hitting the ball out of anger in any fashion be completely banned?
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
In after obligatory Fedal gif.

Fedal fans right now:





There is some hope after all.

If Novak retires with fewer than twenty slams, it's because of stuff like this and going on a walkabout against Murray of all people (@Mainad should have me on ignore after this) in two slam finals in 2012-13.
Nah, you're not worth it. I shall merely treat your comment with the contempt it deserves.
 
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