Sunday's incident at the US Open where World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was defaulted from the US Open after hitting a lines person with a ball has been the talking point of the tennis world over the past 24 hours Djokovic had lost three set points when his opponent Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, served at 4-5, 0-40 in the first set of their fourth round match.
After dropping his serve to go down 5-6, he hit a ball to the back of the court, which went on to hit a female line judge in her throat. Realising his mistake, Djokovic immediately ran over to the lines person and apologised to her.
After Tournament referee, Soeren Friemel and the Grand Slam supervisor, Andreas Egli, came on court, and had discussions with the chair umpire and Djokovic, the Serb was defaulted from the tournament. As per the Grand Slam rules, “Players shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament site.
The referee, in consultation with the Grand Slam chief of supervisors may declare a default for either a single violation of this code”.
The incident has left the tennis world stunned but this is not the first time that a high-profile player has been defaulted from a tennis event.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic was defaulted from his fourth-round match at the #USOpen after he accidentally hit a line judge with a tennis ball Sunday.
From John McEnroe to Serena Williams here are some famous defaults
Here are some of the other notable instances where tennis players were disqualified for violating the rules during a match.
2019 - Italian Open - Nick Kyrgios was disqualified from his second round match against Norway’s Casper Ruud after the Australian hurled a chair on to the court. 2017 - Davis Cup - Canada's Denis Shapovalov was defaulted from a Davis Cup tie against Britain’s Kyle Edmund after the Canadian hit a ball into the umpire’s face.
2012 - Queens’s Club - Argentina's David Nalbandian was disqualified from the final against Croatia's Marin Cilic after injuring a line judge by kicking an advertising board into his shin 2009 U.S. Open - Serena Williams was defaulted when she was down matchpoint in her U.S.
Open semi-final against Belgian Kim Clijsters after an argument with a line judge, who complained to the chair umpire that the American had verbally abused her. 1995 - Wimbledon - Tim Henman and Jeremy Bates - The British team became the first players to be disqualified from Wimbledon in the professional era after Henman accidentally hit a ball into the head of a ball girl after a point.
1990 - Australian Open - John McEnroe was disqualified from his fourth round match against Mikael Pernfors after being given three code violations to become the first man since 1963 to get disqualified in a Grand Slam for misconduct.