Twitter reacts to Novak Djokovic hitting line judge originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Novak Djokovic was undefeated and hungry for his 18th Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open, but a rare disqualification took that all away.
The World's No. 1 tennis player inadvertently hit a line judge in frustration after losing a game in the first set. Trailing 6-5 in the first set to opponent Pablo Carreno Busta, here's the scene where Djokovic lost his cool while switching sides.
— ESPN (@espn) September 6, 2020
Djokovic took to Instagram to issue an apology for the incident.
But rules are rules. And that's what tennis legend Billie Jean King made sure to point out.
Here are my thoughts on the Novak Djokovic default.
First I hope the line judge is okay.
The rule is the rule. It is unfortunate for everyone involved, but in this specific situation the default was the right call. #USOpen
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 6, 2020
In a blink of an eye, the tournament landscape was significantly altered.
Stunner. @DjokerNole defaulted from @usopen as he whacks ball in anger (without looking) and it strikes a lineswoman in the throat hard. She was injured and it’s an automatic DQ. After a very long conversation, rule was finally enforced. Wow. Tournament changes course like that
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) September 6, 2020
Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim quipped the only the 2020 opponent that could beat the "Djoker" was...
Who would guessed, the first player to beat Djokovic in 2020 would be...Djokovic
— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) September 6, 2020
New York Times NBA insider Marc Stein realized that right after Djokovic's disqualification, Giannis Antetokounmpo was ruled out for the rest of the Bucks' Game 5 against the Heat with an ankle injury.
Djokovic defaulted at a major ... Giannis injured ... one after another ... and it's all too much
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) September 6, 2020
SBS News journalist Jenny Brockie brought back a clip from 2016, where reporters asked Djokovic if his frustration during matches could hurt him someday.
This clip certainly isn’t helping Novak Djokovic today. It’s from 2016. pic.twitter.com/7bNBw3G9pe
— Jenny Brockie (@JenBrockie) September 7, 2020
ESPN commentator and tennis veteran Pam Shriver jumped to his defense.
Does Novak need player representation right now?
— Pam Shriver (@PHShriver) September 6, 2020