- Djokovic disqualified from the US Open after hitting a line judge with a ball
- With #1 favorite out, sportsbooks have to adjust their US Open betting odds
- Daniil Medvedev emerges as bettors’ favorite with an increasing number of wagers backing the Russian
Despite his impressive 26-0 run, the year 2020 has not been the best year in Novak Djokovic’s career. First, he organized the ill-fated Adria Tour. Next, he had a falling out with ATP over creating his own tennis organization. The latest misfortune of his happened yesterday when he hit a line judge in the neck with a ball. Even though it was accidental, the main title favorite got disqualified from the tournament, shaking up the 2020 US Open odds offered by top online sportsbooks.
Updated US Open Odds After Djokovic Exit
On Sunday afternoon, after 59 minutes of the match with Pablo Carreno-Busta, frustrated Novak Djokovic angrily hit the ball, which then hit a female line judge straight in the throat. Although ATP #1 had no intention of causing her any harm, the US Open rule book states that such actions are punishable by disqualification from the tournament. As a result, the Serbian player ended up defaulted.
Prior to the start of the tournament, Djokovic was a heavy favorite for the title, with the odds in the ballpark of -125. Now that he’s out, sportsbooks adjusted their odds, making the 6’6 Russian player the new favorite.
At the moment, these are the updated 2020 US Open Odds for the Men’s Singles Tournament:
- Daniil Medvedev +188
- Alexander Zverev +375
- Dominic Thiem +430
- Felix Auger Aliassime +1000
- Denis Shapovalov +1200
- Matteo Berrettini +1200
- Andrey Rublev +1600
- Borna Coric +2000
- Carreno Busta +2500
- Alex de Minaur +3300
- Vasek Pospisil +4000
- Frances Tiafoe +8000
Why Was Djokovic Defaulted?
Somewhat famous for his short temper, Djokovic has flirted with danger throughout his entire professional tennis career. Channeling his anger toward tennis balls is something he’s been doing for years. He was lucky enough not to hit anyone in the past, but his fortune came to an end on Sunday.
As you can see from the tweet below, back in 2016, Djokovic was asked about his on-court behavior by a journalist. The player, however, did not react very well to the journo’s remarks.
It seems that the top-ranted male player knew all about the risk of his behavior, but decided to disregard the warnings. That explains why he didn’t argue too much when the umpire revealed his decision to disqualify the Serbian from the tournament.
According to the Grand Slam rule books, what happened at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center falls under the category of “aggravated behavior.” The rules say that players “shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or other person.”
Apart from banishing the player from the tournament, the organizers also have the right to fine that person with the amount won at the tournament by that time. That’s exactly what will happen to Djokovic, who will have to part from his $250,000 earned at the 2020 US Open.
Not only will he end up without a money prize, but he will also lose all the ATP points earned at this tournament. Nevertheless, Djokovic will remain at the top of the ATP Rankins even without those points. Rafael Nadal, however, has a chance to leapfrog him after the 2020 French Open.