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The line judge Djokovic hit in the throat is from Owensboro

(Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports)

World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic is out of the U.S. Open via a disqualification after he struck a ball out of frustration that inadvertently hit the line judge in the throat.

“In accordance with the Grand Slam rulebook, following his actions of intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences, the US Open tournament referee defaulted Novak Djokovic from the 2020 US Open,” the US Open said in a statement on Sunday. “Because he was defaulted, Djokovic will lose all ranking points earned at the US Open and will be fined the prize money won at the tournament in addition to any or all fines levied with respect to the offending incident.”

Watch Djokovic angrily swat the ball toward the line judge:

Djokovic was in pursuit of his 18th grand slam title, which would’ve put him one behind Rafael Nadal and two behind Roger Federer for most all-time. He first argued that the woman had not been hurt, but later tweeted an apology, saying the whole situation has left him sad and empty:

Turns out, the line judge, Laura Clark, is from Owensboro, Kentucky, and according to the DailyMail, she has been bombarded with nasty messages and comments on Instagram. I guess Djokovic fans want her to be better at taking a tennis ball to the neck?

(Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports)

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

12 Comments for The line judge Djokovic hit in the throat is from Owensboro

  1. Newtype
    1:59 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

    I mean she could’ve taken it a little bit better to the throat.

  2. runningunnin.454
    3:14 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

    Accidentally, hah; I suspect he can hit the ball pretty much where he wants, and she looked to be about 40 feet away. What is a tennis court, about twice that?
    He has hit balls into the spectators, and thrown rackets before; has to be bad when McEnroe calls him out.

    • Bluehender
      3:25 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

      You said it rg. It must be bad for McEnroe to call him

    • WKY Cat
      3:37 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

      Have you seen the video? He obviously didn’t mean to hit her. And if he did, he could have put some speed behind it. Geez

    • ukcamel
      4:33 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

      No, he didn’t get himself defaulted intentionally during the US Open. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an accident, if you hit the line judge you are out – no questions asked. So saying it was intentional means he meant to lose the US Open. That’s a ridiculous claim.

    • runningunnin.454
      7:27 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

      HA HA HA, thanks for playing. He knows the rules, and he was looking right at her. He was angry, and there was some snap in his wrist; you realize that video was in slow motion, right? He’s had this problem in the past; maybe his cognitive abilities are diminished when in the throes of a temper tantrum. Yeah, he could have hit it harder…and it could have snowed, ha ha ha. What a sweetheart. From 2016,

  3. maxblackanvil
    5:30 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

    Yikes. Lady acts as if she got hit with a Nolan Ryan fastball. No speed on that ball at all. Clearly a tap. Not worthy of an ejection.

  4. Davey McCrockett
    5:46 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

    She looks super judgey and from Owensboro.

  5. CJKAssassin123
    12:17 am September 8, 2020 Permalink

    Kick that woman beater out of the League for that!!!

  6. Gazza
    9:40 am September 8, 2020 Permalink

    She should consider playing soccer. The best flop award goes to??????