The Serbian sports press called Novak Djokovic’s disqualification from the US Open “shocking” and an “overreaction” after the world tennis number one hit a linesman with a ball during the round of 16 match. against the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta.
“Scandal in New York: Djokovic disqualified”, headlines the sports newspaper Sportski zurnal in an article about “the red card” that the Serbian received.
“Although the rules are relentless, that decision is too harsh, because in the image you can see that Djokovic did not intentionally throw the ball in his direction (from the judge), nor was it a very strong or aggressive shot, nor did he want that. hit “, indicates the newspaper.
The author of the article considers that “what happened was simply a consequence of chance”, so the decision was “exaggerated” and “shocking”, while the damage for Djokovic, the favorite to win the New York tournament and conquer thus his 18th Grand Slam title is “huge”.
“For Djokovic, the most important thing now is to recover as soon as possible from the crash and prepare for the continuation of the season”, where the Rome Masters awaits him, which begins next day 14, and Roland Garros, in Paris, on September 21 , Add.
For its part, the newspaper Blic assures in its digital version that the “US Open has never wanted Novak, but what they did last night exceeded any measure”, “The night of September 6, 2020 will be forever inscribed in the history of sport” for having been eliminated to the best tennis player in the world “due to an involuntary blow”.
“The greatest gentleman and athlete paid the price as if it were a negative of world sport,” says the newspaper, denouncing that the Serbian star “has been deprived of the opportunity to win.” “The champion” will learn the lesson of what happened in New York and that “he will surely come back even stronger,” he predicts.
In the same tone the rotary is expressed Politika, describing the situation as “absurd” and emphasizing that “Djokovic not only had no intention” of hitting the judge, but “has not a blemish on his career.” The tennis player regretted having caused so much stress “so involuntarily”, and assured that he will work to turn his disappointment into “a lesson” for his growth and evolution “as a player and as a human being.”