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Novak Djokovic doesn't think he'll 'ever forget' disqualification from US Open

September 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Novak Djokovic says his disqualification from the US Open has been a "big lesson" but admits he doesn't think he will "ever forget about it."

(CNN)Novak Djokovic says his disqualification from the US Open has been a "big lesson" but admits he doesn't think he will "ever forget about it. "

The Serbian was disqualified last week after hitting a line judge with a ball during his fourth-round game of the grand slam against Pablo Carreno Busta.

Djokovic apologized for the incident -- in which he took a ball from his pocket and hit it behind him only for it to strike the judge in the throat -- on social media afterward.

The world No. 1, who says he's checked on the judge, Laura Clark, to make sure she's OK, spoke for the first time since the incident, explaining he was "shaken by the whole thing. "

"Of course, it was very hard for me to accept right after it happened.

For a couple of days, I was in shock and I was shaken by the whole thing," Djokovic said at a news conference in Rome.

I felt really sorry to cause the shock and drama to her because she didn't deserve that in any way.

It was totally unexpected and very unintended but, when you hit the ball like that, you have a chance to hit somebody that is on the court.

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Even before the incident for which he was disqualified, Djokovic's aggression had shone through.

But while he acknowledges he is working to be "the best version of myself on the court and off the court," his fiery temperament is something that has helped the 17-time grand slam winner reach the top of the sport.

I'm definitely going to try my best that something like that never happens again, obviously, but anything is possible in life.

Djokovic is preparing to appear at this week's Italian Open and the French Open, which begins on September 27.

"It's great I think I have a tournament a week or 10 days after it happened because I feel the earlier, I get back in competition mode the faster I'll overcome the memory and re-program it.

He said of Djokovic's incident: "The consequences have been always the same.

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