Djokovic out of Open af­ter hit­ting line judge

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS -

Top-seeded No­vak Djokovic de­faulted from his fourth-round match at the U.S. Open af­ter he ac­ci­den­tally hit a line judge with a ten­nis ball.

Djokovic had just lost a game to his op­po­nent, Pablo Car­reno Busta, to fall be­hind 6-5 in the first set.

As he walked to the side­line for the changeover, Djokovic smacked a ball be­hind him. The ball hit a fe­male line judge, who dropped to her knees at the back of the court.

Af­ter a dis­cus­sion of sev­eral min­utes with of­fi­cials on court, Djokovic walked over to shake hands with Car­reno Busta, and the de­fault was an­nounced.

On the women’s side, Amer­i­cans Shelby Rogers and Jen­nifer Brady reached the quar­ter­fi­nals for the first time at the U.S. Open.

SETH WENIG/AP

No­vak Djokovic re­acts af­ter in­ad­ver­tently hit­ting a fe­male line judge (be­low) with a ball af­ter re­act­ing to los­ing a point against Pablo Car­reno Busta.

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