Starting as a small competition in a Rhode Island town in 1881, the US Tennis Open has transformed into a premier sporting event. And as the only Grand Slam event in the country, the US Open has seen its fair share of surprising moments.
From the Williams sisters’ primetime duel for the title in 2001 to the first night game in 1975, the tournament’s court has made quite a memorable stage throughout the years. Keep reading to learn about some of the moments that mattered most in the history of the US Tennis Open.
Novak Djokovic Hitting A Line Judge With A Ball
In 2020, the world of tennis was stunned when Novak Djokovic was disqualified from the tournament for hitting line judge Pablo Carreno Busta in the throat with a ball. Of course, it was not intentional. But that doesn’t mean officials could let the instance go unpunished.
After pleading with referee Soeren Friemel for a solid seven minutes, it was decided Djokovic would not continue in the event. Unfortunately, for the 17-time Grand Slam champion, he was having a perfect year on the court, winning all 26 matches leading up to the Open. Next time, he’ll probably think twice before hitting a ball without looking.