After leaving the US Open without meeting the press or even making a statement regarding his shock default, Novak Djokovic took to social media to offer his thoughts on the situation:
“This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. I checked on the lines person and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling ok. I‘m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong. I’m not disclosing her name to respect her privacy. As for the disqualification, I need to go back within and work on my disappointment and turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being. I apologize to the @usopen tournament and everyone associated for my behavior. I’m very grateful to my team and family for being my rock support, and my fans for always being there with me. Thank you and I’m so sorry.
Djokovic will still incur a fine for skipping press. The Serb will also lose his points and prize money and get fined as well.
About 35 minutes after walking off the court, Djokovic was seen leaving in his rental car to return to the house.
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