World no.1 Djokovic disqualified from US open after hitting line judge with a ball

Novak Djokovic has defaulted from the US Open tournament after he hit the line umpire with a ball in her throat.

Novak Djokovic had a sensational default disqualification at the US Open tournament on Sunday night. The world no.1 was ousted for hitting the line judge in the throat with a ball.

The news came in as a shock to many in the sports world as Novak Djokovic had just been broken in the first set by Pablo Carreno Busta. The spectacular turn of events on Arthur Ashe Stadium has quashed any hope of the tennis star’s dream of winning a 19th grand slam. Despite strong pleas and lengthy discussion with tournament officials, Djokovic was thrown out of the tournament.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic checks up on the line judge after the ball hits her throat

What his exit means

Now that, Novak has been shockingly disqualified it makes Carreno Busta, Alexander Zverev, Denis Shapovalov, and Borna Coric’s lives much more thrilling. With Djokovic’s demise, chances are open their for these four men to make a grand slam final win for the first time. Carreno Busta and Zverev meet in the last eight and Zverev takes on Coric with the prospect of possible glory in their sights.

The American women are leading the charge in the US Open final with Serena Williams and Sofia Kenin ensuring to be placed half of the remaining eight women by winning on Monday. This year, two lesser-known names booked their place in the quarter-finals. Jennifer Brady saw off former champion Angelique Kerber to reach the last eight at a grand slam for the first time. Shelby Rogers went on to book her first-ever US Open quarter-final spot by saving four match points to beat Petra Kvitova.

Meanwhile, for Tennis fans, Novak Djokovic’s exit means that there will be no former grand slam champions in the last eight for the first time at any slam since 2003 Wimbledon.

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