Thursday 3 December, 2020

Novak Djokovic 'sad' about US Open disqualification

Novak Djokovic has apologised for his behaviour during his last match in the US Open 2020 in New York.

Having been disqualified because a ball he hit after what he considered to be a bad call injured a lineswoman, Djokovic has take to social media to express his disappointment.

He said on Instagram:

"This whole situation has left me really sad and empty.

"I checked on the lines person and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling ok. I‘m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong. I’m not disclosing her name to respect her privacy."

Though many are confused, perplexed and even angry about his disqualification and subsequent exit from this competition despite all he overcame to make it so far including recovering from COVID-19, Djokovic said that he is reflecting and learning from this moment. 

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"As for the disqualification, I need to go back within and work on my disappointment and turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being."

He went on to say sorry, penning:

"I apologize to the @usopen tournament and everyone associated for my behavior. I’m very grateful to my team and family for being my rock support, and my fans for always being there with me. Thank you and I’m so sorry."

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