Novak Djokovic apologizes after defaulting US Open match for hitting line umpire with ball

first_img Beau Lund Written by September 6, 2020 /Sports News – National Novak Djokovic apologizes after defaulting US Open match for hitting line umpire with ballcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAl Bello/Getty ImagesBy JOSHUA HOYOS, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Novak Djokovic has issued an apology after he defaulted from his round of 16 match and was booted from the U.S. Open after accidentally hitting a line umpire with a ball.In the first set of his match against Pablo Carreno Busta, the top-seeded Djokovic hit a ball after a point toward the backboard of Arthur Ashe Stadium.The ball struck a line umpire, causing the umpire to collapse and gasp for air. The line umpire had to be helped off the court.Djokovic, the three-time U.S. Open champion, appeared to be frustrated throughout the match.After 10 minutes of debate with on-court officials, including chair umpire Aurelie Tourte, tournament referee Soeren Friemel and Grand Slam supervisor Andreas Egli, Djokovic was defaulted from the match.The U.S. Tennis Association tells ABC News that the line umpire was observed and treated by USTA Director of Player Medical Services Dr. Brian Daniels. She was moved to Louis Armstrong Stadium, where the officials’ area is located, and is doing OK, according to the USTA.ESPN reported Sunday evening that the line umpire has a bruise on her throat and is resting comfortably at the officials’ hotel.In a statement, the USTA said, “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 U.S. Open tournament referee defaulted Novak Djokovic from the 2020 U.S. Open.”Djokovic apologized for the incident Sunday evening on social media.“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,” he wrote.“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. 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,” he added.The USTA said that Djokovic will lose all ranking points he earned at the Open and will be fined the prize money won at the tournament and could face future fines because of the incident.In his post-match press conference, Carreno Busta said he did not see the incident when it happened.“I was looking to my coach, celebrating the break. And when I turned back again the line umpire was on the floor,” the Spaniard said. “I was in shock because I never expected this moment.”Carreno Busta said officials made the right call.“The rules are the rules,” he said. “I think the referee and the supervisor did the right thing.”Friemel told ESPN that he did not see the incident live, but after speaking with the Tourte, Egli and Djokovic, it was evident there was a rules violation.“The facts clearly state that according to the rules he had to be defaulted.” Friemel said, due to the fact that Djokovic’s striking of the ball was reckless and with anger.Friemel also confirmed that Djokovic now faces a $10,000 fine for the incident, and that Djokovic’s intent was taken into consideration when it came to the fine. Had Djokovic intended to injure the line judge, the penalty would have been harsher, Friemel said.“We would have done the same decision on any other court with any other player,” he added.Djokovic will likely face an additional fine for not attending his post-match press conference after he left the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center without taking questions.Tennis champion John McEnroe said, “It was a rookie mistake … by him to not look and hit a ball back where he wasn’t even looking where he was hitting it.”Former player James Blake also applauded the USTA’s decision.“To hear the referee say we are going to give the same treatment to every single player in the draw, it makes the rest of the draw, in my opinion, feel much better,” he said.The Serbian grand slam champion had been the favorite to win the tournament, which has been played without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.This year’s U.S. Open will now be the first time since 2014 that the men’s singles title will go to a first-time winner. The disqualification also breaks Djokovic’s streak of 26 winning matches this year.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Gay marriage bill through another stage

first_img3 News 27 March 2013The gay marriage bill is safely through another stage  in Parliament and only needs to pass its third reading to become law. During its committee stage this evening opponents put  up a raft of amendments and all of them were heavily defeated. The vote that gave the bill the green light for a  third reading was 77-43. A bid by NZ First leader Winston Peters to hold up the  bill by forcing a referendum on gay marriage was ruled out of order on the  grounds that Parliament had already decided it should proceed by passing the  bill on its second reading. Mr Peters had argued gay marriage was so divisive it  shouldn’t be decided by 121 MPs and warned that without a clear public mandate  politicians would be targets of bitter recrimination. Amendments that were put to a vote focused on  protecting the right of celebrants to refuse to marry gay  couples.a rel=”nofollow” href=”http://ad.nz.doubleclick.net/jump/3news.co.nz/homepage;sz=300×250;ord=123456789?” target=”_blank”>AdThe bill already carries an explicit provision  protecting church celebrants and says no celebrant is obliged to conduct a gay  marriage, but concerns were voiced that there could still be legal  problems. Most MPs didn’t agree and the amendments were voted  down.http://www.3news.co.nz/Gay-marriage-bill-through-another-stage/tabid/1607/articleID/292059/Default.aspxGroups divided on marriage billNZ Herald 28 March 2013http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10874111Gay marriage bill could pass next monthDominion Post 27 March 2013http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8481351/Gay-marriage-bill-could-pass-next-monthlast_img read more

Sixth-ranked USC downs St. Mary’s in home contest

first_imgThe sun never stopped shining at Marks Stadium yesterday afternoon, allowing the USC women’s tennis team to pick up its fourth consecutive victory. The No. 6 Women of Troy (7-2, 0-0) avoided the threat of rain and defeated St. Mary’s 6-1 behind dominant efforts in singles and doubles action.Second chance · Junior Sabrina Santamaria, the 17th-ranked singles player in the nation, defeated No. 6 Jenny Julien of St. Mary’s yesterday. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanStarting off the day was the 19th-ranked doubles team of senior Kaitlyn Christian and junior Sabrina Santamaria, who finished off the Gaels’ Jenny Jullien and Catherine Leduc by a score of 8-0. Freshman Zoë Katz and senior Brynn Boren, ranked No. 8 nationally, secured the doubles point for USC shortly after, defeating Parminder Kaur and Danielle Flores 8-2. It has been all good news recently for Katz, who was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after clinching victories over San Diego State and No. 4 California in her previous two outings. Seemingly on their way to a doubles victory for USC was the remaining team of juniors Giuliana Olmos and Zoë Scandalis, whose match was suspended at 6-2. Olmos and Scandalis are ranked sixth in the nation.The singles portion of the match seemed to move just as quickly, with the Women of Troy claiming the three wins they needed for victory in quick succession. Sophomore southpaw Ellie Yates got things started with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Jade Frampton. Not far behind was Christian, who took down Leduc 6-1, 6-0. Olmos, the nation’s 65th-ranked singles player, then picked up her team’s fourth and final necessary point with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Kaur.Still left to play individually were the Women of Troy’s top-three seeded singles players: Santamaria, Boren and Scandalis. Seventeenth-ranked Santamaria scored an impressive 6-1, 6-4 win over No. 6 Julien, while No. 30 Scandalis picked up a dramatic 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 over No. 69 Jamie Pawid. USC’s only individual loss of the day came from Boren, who fell to Flores 6-4, 7-6.Though she has lost her last two singles matches, Boren’s performance yeterday was a promising sign. The ITA All-American transfer from Tennessee struggled with injury throughout last summer and missed several matches earlier this season. Playing in the competitive No. 2 slot, the Laguna Niguel, Calif. native has shown steady improvement in her matches over the past few weeks.Yesterday marked USC’s second win over St. Mary’s this year; the two squads first met in the championship of ITA Kick-Off Weekend last month. Last time, the Women of Troy completed a 4-0 sweep. This victory was especially sweet for Santamaria, who got another crack at defeating Julien after the pair’s previous match was suspended. In January, the two appeared to be heading into a third, deciding set when the match was called after a USC victory.The Women of Troy will now travel to the Lone Star state to take on No. 26 Texas on Sunday before returning to Los Angeles for a huge home showdown with No. 2 UCLA next Friday.The Bruins boast two of the nation’s top 10 singles players in No. 3 Robin Anderson and No. 9 Chanelle Van Nguyen, along with the top-ranked doubles team of Anderson and Jennifer Brady. The Women of Troy will attempt to avoid the fate of their male counterparts, who fell to the Bruins 5-2 last Tuesday.last_img read more