Novak Djokovic refused to speak to the media and offer a public apology for the incident that led to his shock fourth round disqualification at the US Open.
The Serbian star was unceremoniously booted out of the tournament after he struck a female line judge with an errant ball.
Trailing 6-5 in the first set against Pablo Carreno Busta at Flushing Meadows, a frustrated world No.1 struck down a ball in anger and it hit the line judge directly.
The incident was clearly an accident, but after the US Tennis Association disqualified him, Djokovic refused to speak to the media and was seen climbing into a car before speeding away from the courts.
He will face a fine for missing his press conference.
A USTA statement 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 US Open tournament referee defaulted Novak Djokovic from the 2020 US Open.
“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.”
Former British star Tim Henman, who was disqualified from Wimbledon 25 years ago for hitting a ball girl in a doubles match, was stunned by the incident.
“It’s a massive shock,” he told Amazon Prime.
“There’s no doubt that it’s the right decision. It’s amazing for me to talk about this because it happened to me at Wimbledon in 1995.
“It was that moment of frustration, hit the ball away when I wasn’t looking and I hit a ball girl in the ear.”
“I remember going back to the locker room in a state of shock and then going into the press conference.
“It was probably one of the busiest press conferences I’ve ever been into and the first question was: ‘How do you feel, the first person in 120 years to be disqualified at Wimbledon’.
“I was shocked, I was embarrassed and I was very disappointed.”
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