Novak Djokovic has apologized for hitting a line judge with a ball at the US Open, saying he is “extremely sorry for creating her such stress”.
The Serb took a ball out of his pocket and hit it behind him, striking the woman in her throat.
“This whole situation has left me really sad and empty,” said Djokovic.
“I’m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress.”
“I apologize to the US Open tournament and everyone associated with my behavior.
His exit ended his hopes of winning an 18th Grand Slam title and narrowing the gap on Rafael Nadal (19) and Roger Federer (20) in the race to finish with the most men’s major wins.
More controversy for Djokovic in a contrasting 2020
Going into the fourth-round match against Carreno Busta, 33-year-old Djokovic was aiming to extend his unbeaten run in 2020 to a 27th victory.
He will lose all ranking points earned at the US Open and will forfeit the prize money he had won at the tournament. He could also be fined for the incident.
It is said that the World No1 will no longer take part in the tournament that started on the 31st of August and will end on 13th September after he was disqualified from his fourth-round match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta because of the incident.