Novak Djokovic was disqualified from the US Open on Sunday as he hit a line judge with a ball during a match against Spain’s Pablo Curry Novasta.
After dropping a serve on the opening set to a 6-5 trail, the frustrated Djokovic dropped a loose ball onto the court and hit the linewoman.
The Serbs later apologized and said: “This whole situation left me really sad and empty. I checked the guys in the line, and the tournament thanked God that she was fine. I told you
“I’m very sorry to have caused stress like her. Very unintended. Very wrong.”
But it’s not the first time a sports star has lost. Here are some memorable cases over the years:
Eric Cantona’s Kung Fu Kick
One of the most notorious of them, the French, dismissed Crystal Palace fans after being sent off to Manchester United in 1995.
When the fan left the pitch in Cantona, the fan screamed something as the striker led to launching himself into the crowd.
Cantona was suspended by United until the end of the season and was fined £20,000 [€22k], Then the Football Association extended his ban to October and liquidated him another £10,000 [€11k]. He was initially sentenced to 14 days but succeeded in appealing.
Roy Keene v Alf Inge Harland
Roy Keane has had many infamous moments on and off the pitch over the years, but this is at the top of the list.
The Manchester United captain was sent off after pushing the Alf-Inge Haaland’s right knee in Manchester City right knee in 2001 with a terrible stud-up challenge.
Harland previously accused him of forging Kane in a game four years ago, and Keane wrote in his autobiography: “I hit him hard. The ball was there (I think so.) Take you to c***.”
Keene was fined £5,000 [€5.5k] Banned three games at the same time, but he was later fined another £150,000 [€165k] After admitting the tackle was an autobiographical retaliation, he banned five more games.
Michael Conran Olympics
Belfast boxer was robbed at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The Conran exploded when the judge won the contest with Russian support, after dominating the battle with Vladimir Nikitin.
He gave them the middle finger and said, “I will never put AIBA in the box again. They deceive b ******. They are paying everyone.
“If I’m cursing on TV, I don’t give af ***.
“I was here to win the Olympic gold medal. My dreams were shattered, but there is a big career before me and me. They are known to be cheats, they are Always cheat.
“Amateur boxing stinks from core to top.”
No video available
One of the greatest football careers in history has gone into turmoil as Zinedine Zidane was sent off in the 2006 World Cup finals after hitting Italy’s Marco Materazzi.
Words were exchanged between the players before the French captain turned around and thrust his head into Materazzi’s chest.
To make matters worse, France lost 5-3 with a penalty after finishing 1:1 in extra time.
John McEnroe Wimbledon 1981
No video available
The great American tennis player had a fair share of his meltdown for many years, but the most striking was Wimbledon in 1981.
McEnroe was furious when the referee, Edward James, resigned from the serve and yelled at age 22, yelling, “You’re not serious.”
That moment became so iconic that McEnroe named his book “You’re Not Serious”.
Paolo Di Canio pushes the referee
Arsenal’s challenge to Patrick Vieira began a quarrel between Gunners and Paolo Di Canio’s Sheffield on Wednesday 1998, causing the Italians to be sent off.
When the referee, Paul Alcock, showed him a red card, Dicanio responded by pushing the referee in a shocking football case.
He was banned for 11 games and was fined £10,000 [€11k].
Rory McIlroy throws a golf club at the lake
No video available
Rory McIlroy was so frustrated with the shot at the 2015 WGC Cadillac Championship that he launched one of the clubs into the lake.
But he quickly regretted it and later said: “It felt good at that time, but now I regret it. Frustration has improved on me.”
McIlroy later reunited with the club when Donald Trump, who owns the Blue Monster course, had an incredibly scuba diver retrieve it.
Mies v Mayo 1996 Brawl
This is not just the case of one sports star losing, just like almost every player on the field.
In the 1996 All-Irish Football Championship final, all the hell was settled when a brawl between Meath and Mayo in the shadow of Hill 16.
Only two players, Liam McHale of Mayo and Colm Coyle of Meath, were sent off despite being involved with far more than 20 players.
Mies wins Replay and lifts Sam Maguire.
Paul Galvin knocks a note from the referee’s hand
Kelly’s captain was sent off after receiving the second yellow card when the Munster Championship clashed with Claire in 2008, but Galvin felt it was a foul rather than the opposite. .
He knocked a note from the referee’s Paddy Russell’s hand and, when he ran to Lineman, lost his plan altogether.
Thomas Ose tried to calm his teammates, but was pushed away. Galvin received a six-month ban as a result of the incident.
Conner McGregor Bus Accident
No video available
From a 2018 media event, the UFC star went to court after throwing a dolly through the window of a bus that was transporting fighters, including Habibnuruma Gomedov.
McGregor was found guilty of a single breach of chaotic behavior in New York court and was completed five days of community service as part of the punishment he received.
Dubliner continued to lose to Russia later that year, and after fighting in some of the most shocking scenes ever seen at the UFC, Nrumago Gomedov fired himself out of the cage, McGregor’s teammate Dillon. Attacked Danice.
Infuriatingly humble organizer. Entrepreneur. Zombie guru. Professional creator. Future teen idol.