Djokovic disqualified in U.S. Open

Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player, was disqualified in the U.S. Open on Sunday after smacking a ball in frustration and hitting a line judge.

The lineswoman crumpled in pain and Djokovic rushed to her side. He immediately apologized and said he had not meant to hit her, but officials said the rule requiring his disqualification was clear.

“Players have been defaulted for less,” said Darren Cahill, a veteran coach who was covering the match for ESPN. “I think the tournament made the right decision.”

The incident occurred after Djokovic lost his serve to fall behind 5-6 in the first set of a fourth-round match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.

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