Novak Djokovic admits he deserved to be DQ’d from US Open: ‘The rules are clear’

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Novak Djokovic admits he deserved to be disqualified from the U.S. Open, but he can’t guarantee it won’t happen again.” data-reactid=”7″>Novak Djokovic admits he deserved to be disqualified from the U.S. Open, but he can’t guarantee it won’t happen again.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Speaking to reporters for the first time since he was&nbsp;kicked out of the U.S. Open for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a tennis ball,&nbsp;Djokovic acknowledged his reckless behavior.” data-reactid=”8″>Speaking to reporters for the first time since he was kicked out of the U.S. Open for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a tennis ball, Djokovic acknowledged his reckless behavior.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content=""The rules are clear," Djokovic&nbsp;said during a news conference in Rome ahead of the Italian Open. "I accepted it and had to move on. That’s what I did."” data-reactid=”13″>”The rules are clear,” Djokovic said during a news conference in Rome ahead of the Italian Open. “I accepted it and had to move on. That’s what I did.”

The World No. 1 was trailing Pablo Carreño Busta 6-5 in the first set when he smacked a ball behind him in frustration, hitting the line judge in her neck.

“I cannot promise or cannot guarantee that I will never ever do anything similar to that in my life,” Djokovic said. “I’m going to try my best, obviously, but anything is possible in life.”

Djokovic also acknowledged he has acted recklessly in the past.

“It’s not completely out of the blue.” he said.

Djokovic left the tournament without speaking to reporters but posted an apology on social media hours later.

“This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. …  I‘m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong. I’m not disclosing her name to respect her privacy. 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.”

Djokovic’s disqualification ended his 29-match winning streak and his bid for an 18th Grand Slam title. He trails only Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (19) on the career men’s major title list.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Associated Press contributed to this report.” data-reactid=”22″>The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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