After World number one Novak Djokovic was sensationally disqualified in the U.S. Open for hitting a line judge with a tennis ball Sunday, a video of his heated debate with journalists regarding his on-court temperament resurfaced.
In a video from 2016 Djokovic was asked about striking a ball into the crowd during one of his matches, and he brushed off any questions saying it is not true he is always making incidents.
“I keep doing these things? Why don’t you get suspended then? I’m still not suspended, so if I’m not close, I’m not close”, replied Djokovic.
Djokovic is now suspended from U.S. Open for hitting a line judge with a ball.
In a fourth-round match, Djokovic had just lost a game to his opponent, Pablo Carreno Busta, to fall behind 6-5 in the first set.
As he walked to the sideline for the changeover, Djokovic smacked a ball behind him.
The ball hit a female line judge, who dropped to her knees at the back of the court and reached for her neck.
After a discussion of several minutes with officials on court, including tournament referee Soeren Friemel, Djokovic walked over to shake hands with Carreno Busta. Chair umpire Aurelie Tourte then announced the default.
It seemed clear Djokovic did not intend to hit the line judge; there was concern written on his face as soon as he realized what happened. But players who hit a ball out of anger and make contact with an on-court official have been defaulted in the past, reports TSN.