Novak Djokovic, the clear favorite for the men’s singles title is out of the competition via default. Djokovic, the world No. 1, accidentally hit a line judge in the neck with the ball. Players who hit another person on the court automatically are disqualified from the competition.
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Pablo Carreno Busta, the No. 20 seed and a 2017 semifinalist, will advance to the quarterfinals. The score of the first set was 6-5. There will be a new Grand Slam men’s singles champion for the first time in six years.
Chair umpire Aurelie Tourte made the announcement to an empty stadium — no fans are allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic — after Djokovic went over to shake hands with Carreno Busta.
Djokovic will lose all ranking points and be fined the prize money he won for reaching the round of 16.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) September 6, 2020
Djokovic just hit a lines person in the neck with an errant ball after losing a point. And I think he knew it. Yikes. pic.twitter.com/05iVUtpQ0Z
— thehojo (@thehojo) September 6, 2020
Alexander Zverev reacts to Djokovic disqualification
Longer Clip with match footage