The Tennis Community does not seem to get enough of the controversy surrounding Novak Djokovic’s default from the US Open on Sunday.
What led to the disqualification?
Novak Djokovic, frustrated after being broken by Pablo Carreno Busta in his 4th round game and trailing 5-6 in the 1st set swatted a ball towards the lineswoman in anger although unintentional which hurt the lines judge on her neck and she was in visible distress.
Inspite of Novak pleading his about his case, he was disqualified from the US Open 2020 as the Grand Slam rule book clearly mentions that no player should cause any sort of physical abuse to any member within the premises of the GrandSlam. This shocking incident ended Novak’s unbeaten run of 26-0 this year.
“Not Good for Tennis”- Toni Nadal
Toni Nadal, the uncle and ex-coach of one of the most dominant players on clay the world has ever seen, Rafael Nadal talked about this incident to Joan Solsona of Marca.
“Djokovic had no intention of hitting anyone. What happens is that there is a regulation that says that if you hit a referee, the consequence is elimination. He had the added bad luck that he hit him on the neck,” Toni Nadal said.
“Being disqualified as number one in the world is a blow. He has already apologized. Djokovic is very good. I suppose that for Roma it can affect him because he is close and he will have been a bit touched by the situation. There is time for Roland Garros and I guess he’s going to recover from this,” Nadal further added.
What does this mean for the NextGen?
The NextGen players which now dominate the US Open Mens Draw, would recognize that this is an opportunity for them to win a Slam and get out of the Shadows of the Big 3.
None of the Big 3, Nadal, Federer and Djokovic are in a Grand Slam Quarterfinal since Roland Garros 2004. Dominic Thiem, 2nd seeded Austrian would surely back himself to go on and win his maiden Grand Slam title at US Open this year in the absence of Novak Djokovic.