“Had His Heart in His Mouth”: Tennis Legend on Novak Djokovic Hitting Linesman at French Open 2020




The thing between Novak Djokovic and line judges is becoming quite a trend these days. Recently, the World No.1 accidentally hit the line judge while making an attempt to return the serve of Karen Khachanov at the French Open 2020. Former World No.1 Tim Henman expressed his thoughts on the recent incident. He believed that the Serbian legend must have felt a ‘Nightmare’ after the incident.

“It’s a nightmare – yeah, it’s a nightmare, obviously,” told the former British player to Eurosport.

He referred to the incident as a nightmare as its previous memories might still be haunting Djokovic. The 17-time Grand Slam winner faced disqualification from the US Open 2020 after he unintentionally hit the ball on the line judge. He has been unbeaten in 2020 so far. The only defeat came in the form of disqualification.

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‘Would have had his Heart in his mouth’- Tim Henman on Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic disqualified from US Open 2020
Novak Djokovic comforts the line judge at the US Open 2020. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The 46-year-old British admitted that this incident was completely different from the one that took place at the US Open 2020. Here, it was undoubtedly unintentional as it happened during the gameplay. Henman also described the whole incident.

“It’s a great serve out wide from Khachanov. It’s skidded off the line. He gets it at full stretch at the end of the racket. Then, it hits the line judge. Obviously, it’s totally different circumstances [to his US Open disqualification] because this was in play within the rally,” claimed Henman.

Djokovic easily defeated Khachanov in straight sets winning 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 to seal his spot in the quarters of Roland Garros 2020. However, Henman felt that the ball-hitting, even though being unintentional, would have allowed all those past memories to enter into his mind.

“But, I am sure he would have had his heart in his mouth at that stage,” said the British.

Unlike the US open 2020, where he got eliminated in an unfortunate manner, Djokovic will want to end the French Open 2020 on a high. The top-seeded player will next face Pablo Carreno Busta, against whom he got disqualified earlier, in the quarters of French Open 2020.