Novak Djokovic has been disqualified from the U.S. Open after accidentally hitting the judge in the throat with a ball.

Keep on reading to see the shocking footage...

The world number 1 tennis player, Novak Djokovic, has been disqualified from the 2020 U.S. Open...

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Because he accidentally hit one of the line judges with his ball.

The 2020 U.S. Open kicked off in Queens, New York, on the 31st August...

And it marks the 140th edition of tennis' U.S. Open and the second Grand Slam event of the year.

Even though the pandemic has delayed matches, limited the players, and reduced the crowds...

The tournament has been going ahead as scheduled, with some of the biggest champions of tennis competing.

Novak Djokovic is considered one of the greatest male tennis players of all time.

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The Serbian-born player has won seventeen Grand Slam singles titles, 5 ATP Finals titles, thirty-five ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, fourteen ATP Tour 500 titles, and has held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for over 280 weeks.

So yeah...

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He's pretty amazing at what he does!

Yesterday, Djokovic was playing his 4th-round match against Spain’s, Pablo Carreño Busta.

He was on course to win his 18th Grand Slam... but disaster wasn't far around the corner.

When Busta broke Djokovic's serve...

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The thirty-three-year-old took a ball out of his pocket and hit it behind him - seemingly out of frustration.

Little did Djokovic know that directly behind him was a line judge...

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And the ball made a bee-line for the unaware woman - striking her directly in the throat.

She fell to the floor and grabbed her throat, clearly in a lot of pain.

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Djokovic immediately ran to her aid and he was seen ensuring she was okay along with the medical team.

The pro-player then had a lengthy discussion at the net with tournament referee, Soeren Friemel and Grand Slam supervisor, Andreas Egli...

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And it was ultimately agreed that Djokovic would be disqualified from the tournament.

Friemel said in a statement to BBC Sport:

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"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 I shouldn’t be defaulted for that'," he explained. "We all agreed that he didn’t do it on purpose but the facts are still that he hit the line umpire and that the line umpire was clearly hurt."

Djokovic left the court without speaking to the press...

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But he later took to Instagram to address the unfortunate situation.

He wrote in a heartfelt post:

"This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. I checked on the lines person and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling ok. 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."

He continued:

"I apologize to the @usopen tournament and everyone associated for my behavior. I’m very grateful to my team and family for being my rock support, and my fans for always being there with me. Thank you and I’m so sorry."

Opinion has been seriously divided over the decision to disqualify Djokovic...

And many feel that it was totally uncalled for following the unintentional accident.

Some don't believe that the ball even hit the judge in the throat...

Was this just a case of a person being dramatic?

Many pointed out the fact that he didn't hit the ball toward her intentionally...

And there "wasn't even much force" behind the hit.

But on the other hand...

Many spectators feel that this should be a lesson well learned for tennis players when it comes to channeling their frustrations on the court.

A tennis ball striking a person's throat at considerable speed would be extremely painful...

And there's absolutely no denying that.

You can watch the shocking footage here:

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