Novak Djokovic was defaulted from the US Open after he struck a ball that hit a lineswoman at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday.
Djokovic had just been broken at 5-5 in the first set against Pablo Carreno Busta when the world No. 1 struck a ball behind him on the court. Djokovic wouldn’t have been aiming at anyone but it hit the lineswomen — seemingly near the face — and she fell to the ground.
A discussion ensued between chair umpire Aurelie Tourte and two tournament officials.
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Djokovic then had an extended conversation with the tournament referee on court before he was officially defaulted.
Moments earlier, he had smacked a ball in frustration when he was unable to convert three set points at 5-4. Then he took a tumble in the 11th game, appearing to injure his shoulder.