“This is Madness”: Tennis legend reacts to Novak Djokovic’s Disqualification from US Open 2020

Published 09/10/2020, 2:40 PM EDT


The disqualification of the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic from US Open 2020 became the headline of almost every newspaper a couple of days ago. Djokovic was disqualified after he accidentally hit the line judge with a ball out of frustration. 

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This incident drew attention from both experts and fans. Some expressed grief and disappointment while others admitted that whatever happened was well within the rules of the sport. Some even started trolling the line judge on social media.

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The latest to comment and express his views on the controversy is former Australian Tennis star and current sports broadcaster of Nine Network Todd Woodbridge. He spoke explicitly about the incident.

“This is madness. Was the decision right? Absolutely. There was no other choice. According to the rules, if you hit someone intentionally or not, it is an automatic disqualification. There have been similar incidents in the past with John McEnroe, David Nalbandian, and Tim Henman.” remarked Woodbridge.

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“Novak Djokovic has thrown away his title.”

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“Chasing Federer’s record of 20 and Nadal’s 19, Djokovic has clearly given away his chance to inch closer. He has been undefeated in 2020 so far. He was in control of the match till that moment.” added Woodbridge.

Novak was on his way to winning another Grand Slam trophy. He was definitely the best player in this tournament.  Djokovic was in great shape, he did everything right. But after the incident he did not appear at the press conference. I think this episode will change tennis and will affect the changes when it comes to debating the biggest players of all time.” concluded the Australian legend.

Djokovic was undoubtedly not only the best but was also invincible this year maintaining a superb record of 26-0 at the Australian Open and Cincinnati Masters. But destiny this time had some other plans for the World No.1. Everyone wishes to watch him more and more. He too would be eagerly waiting to lift his 18th Grand Slam.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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