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Novak Djokovic was disqualified from US Open 2020 for accidentally hitting the official in the throat with a spare ball. After the disqualification several people shared their thoughts on the incident including former British number 1 Greg Rusedski.
Speaking about Djokovic, Rusedski said: “”I’m a little bit disappointed.
“You have to remember this man is the world No 1. Yes it is a very difficult situation being defaulted at a major championship but he should have taken an hour or two hours to reflect on what happened, go into press, take responsibiliy and apologise for the situation.
“It is a difficult situation but when you are the No 1 player in the world you have to do the right thing. Novak Djokovic is the guy trying to lead men’s tennis and a players association. I hope he makes the decision to come back to the press conference, apologise and explain the situation.”
Sitting alongside Rusedski, Tim Henman also shared his thoughts.
He said: “There’s no doubt Novak Djokovic made a mistake which was an accident on court. The referee has got the decision absolutely spot on to disqualify him but unfortunately he’s compounded the error.
“He needs to face up to it and apologise and accept he made a mistake. By then in essence running away from it, it’s just going to go on even longer. It’s unfortunate scenes. We wouldn’t want to see the best player in the world go out of the tournament in these circumstances but you have to be responsible for your actions on the court.”
source – tennisworldusa.org