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Novak Djokovic is out of the US Open following a controversial judgement from organisers.
The United States Tennis Association have justified their decision to default Djokovic from the tournament while citing potential ‘negligent disregard’ on the tennis court.
The Serbian was the huge favourite to win his 18th Grand Slam in the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, but his hopes were ended at just the fourth round stage.
After losing a point to his opponent Pablo Carreno Busta, the 33-year-old smacked a ball behind him in apparent annoyance, which struck a line judge in the neck.
There has been plenty of debate over whether that decision was the correct one, which has led to an official statement from the United States Tennis Association.
They said: “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 all the prize money won at the tournament in addition to any or all fines levied with respect to the offending incident.
Former British Number one Tim Henman argued on behalf of Djokovic during his punditry on Amazon Prime but ultimately agreed the final decision was the correct one.
He said: "It happened to me in 1995. We were up two sets in the doubles. I hit a ball-girl in the ear.
"Djokovic was not aiming for the line judge, but you have to be responsible for your actions.
"There is no other result but to be defaulted."
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