Tennis World No.1 Novak Djokovic has apologized for his unplanned hitting of a lineswoman with a ball in the Round of 16 at the US Open on Sunday.
He said he was “incredibly heartbroken” for the mishap and that it was not purposeful.
The mishap, which left the unidentified lady moaning in torment, after the ball hit her throat, prompted Djokovic’s exclusion.
Furthermore, the primary set had not been finished.
Djokovic after he was conveyed of the competition avoided the post coordinate question and answer session and rather, he delivered an announcement on Instagram, where he has 7.5 million adherents.
“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 was the favourite to win the tournament, as he was the top seed and because of the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who could beat him.
Despite his stunning exit and apology, Djokovic will suffer some other punishment.
The USTA said: “In according with the grand slam rulebook… the US Open 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.”