Novak Djokovic’s 2020 just cratered. The world No. 1 and prohibitive tournament favorite was defaulted today from the tournament after using his racquet to fire a ball at the backstop in disgust, but the ball hit a lineswoman leading to an immediate default.
“In accordance with the Grand Slam rulebook, following his actions of intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences, the US Open tournament referee defaulted Novak Djokovic from the 2020 US Open. Because he was defaulted, Djokovic will lose all ranking points earned at the US Open and will be fined the prize money won at the tournament in addition to any or all fines levied with respect to the offending incident.”
Djokovic will lose his points and prize money and will likely face further sanctions.
Djokovic left the site without speaking to the press. His 2020 season, though going undefeated until now, will be marked by a failed Adria Tour, a positive COVID test and a a lukewarm bid to start his own players association.
The tournament is left before the quarterfinals with no Grand Slam champions in the field. So after six years, a new Grand Slam champion will finally be crowned.
— ESPN (@espn) September 6, 2020
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