Novak Djokovic has been defaulted at the US Open for hitting a lines judge.
The world number one looking for his 18th major will not take anymore part in then tournament following a default.
Djokovic was angry at being broken at 5-5 by Pablo Carreño Busta and when he walked back to the chair to sit down he hit the ball towards the back of the court and hit the line judge leaving her gasping for air.
A lengthy discussion took place on the court with the supervisor Lars Garff but the decision was ultimately the only one that could have come from this situation.
Novak did try to defend himself in the situation…
“She doesn’t have to go to the hospital for this.”
“You’re going to choose a default in this situation? My career, grand slam, center stage”
It does mean for the first time in six years there will be a new male Grand Slam champion.