"It's going to be intense for quite some time with what happened, but I believe when he gets back on court and gets his eye on the possible trophy that he will focus on what he is doing and he will get strong again," said Stepanek. … [Read more...] about Novak Djokovic is ‘in pain’ after US Open incident, says former coach
"For me personally, it never mattered. I just always tried to focus on my next match," said the Austrian. "My focus or my concentration, it's the same. It doesn't matter if I play one of the Big Three members or if I play somebody else. … [Read more...] about Novak Djokovic’s default opens the door for young stars to win a grand slam, but will success come with an asterisk?
The U.S. Tennis Association said in a statement that Djokovic was "defaulted" due to his actions, and that he would lose "all ranking points earned" at the tournament, as well as "be fined the prize money won at the tournament in addition to any or all fines levied with respect to the offending incident." … [Read more...] about John McEnroe on Novak Djokovic’s US Open disqualification: He’ll ‘be the bad guy the rest of his career’
“His point was that he didn’t hit the line umpire intentionally. He said, ‘Yes, I was angry. I hit the ball. I hit the line umpire. The facts are very clear. But it wasn’t my intent. I didn’t do it on purpose.’ So he said he shouldn’t be defaulted for it,” said Friemel, who made the decision to end the match. “And we all agree that he didn’t do it on purpose, but the facts are still that he hit the line umpire and the line umpire was clearly hurt.” … [Read more...] about Djokovic Booted From US Open After Hitting Line Judge With Ball, Later Apologizes Profusely On Social Media
FILE - In this May 19, 2019 file photo, Rafael Nadal of Spain holds his trophy after winning against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the end of their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome. Rafael Nadal is preparing his return to tennis after a seven-month layoff at next week’s Italian Open. “The Foro Italico is always a special place for me and even more so this year as it will be my first tournament following a long period without playing,” Nadal, who has won the Rome tournament a record nine times, said in a video message played at the event’s presentation Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. less … [Read more...] about Rafael Nadal to return to tennis at next week’s Italian Open