Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer

‘Roger Federer would not have been kicked out – the line judge was acting,’ says Novak Djokovic ally

Roger Federer would have been given preferential treatment to that which Novak Djokovic received at the US Open, says the Serb’s former manager.

Djokovic was ejected from the tournament on Sunday after accidentally striking a female line-judge with a spare ball.

The USTA immediately released a statement, quoting the rule Djokovic broke and insisting they had no other option but to default the world number one.

Pilic, though, says he is highly sceptical of that explanation.

“In my opinion, Novak Djokovic accidentally hit the line-judge with the ball,” Pilic told the press in Serbia as the fallout from the incident rumbles on.

“I think he should have been punished with a confiscated game. It is not right to disqualify the first in the world because of this.

“I believe that the judge also acted a little, I don’t think she was so hurt.

“Do you think Roger Federer would be kicked out for something like this? No chance. This decision is tendentious.”

Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.