- Novak Djokovic has been disqualified from the US Open after injuring a linesperson
- This comes after the 33-year-old hit a line judge in the throat with a tennis ball in a moment of anger
- A video of the incident was uploaded earlier today and has since gone viral with over 120 000 views
Serbian-born tennis player Novak Djokovic has been disqualified from the US Open after hitting a line judge with a ball. Djokovic was up against Spains' Pablo Carreño Busta when he hit a ball out after going down 5-6 to the Spaniard.
The 33-year-old angrily hit the ball in the first set of their fourth round, knocking a line judge in her throat. In the video, the number one-ranked tennis player appeared to be shocked as the ball hit the line judge.
A video of the incident was uploaded to Twitter by user @AwanishSharan and has gained over 120 000 views. Djokovic has since released an apology on his Instagram account. Watch the video below.
In his apology, Djokovic stated that he had checked on the line judge as soon as the ball hit her and was relieved to find out that she was okay. He wrote the apology in both English and Serbian and added an image of him leaving the tournament with it. Read the apology below:
Djokovic has received an influx of support from fans. Here's what some Instagrammers had to say:
" 'Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain...' Warmest hugs from another side. #NoleFam"
"We are humans and also the best can make a mistake!! See you soon #piñacoladapartner"
In other sports news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on the ABSA Premiership ending in tears for Kaizer Chiefs. Kaizer Chiefs supporters will be left with little to celebrate on Saturday after the team failed to secure the ABSA Premiership Championship.
The team had been showing immense promise but fumbled against Baroka with the Mamelodi Sundowns emerging as champions instead. Fans took to social media to lament the loss, which has not gone down well with Mzansi, especially after #PrayforKaizerChiefs trended earlier in the day.
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