Djokovic hits line judge with ball – News Review 2022

September 5, 2022

After Novak Djokovic’s serve had been broken by his opponent, he became frustrated and hit a ball in anger which accidentally struck a line judge in the throat. The incident led to him being disqualified from the US Open tennis tournament. Neil and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

Related programme:
Grammar Gameshow – Phrasal verbs:
News Review – Running a marathon makes you ‘younger’:

Video chapters
0:00 – Introduction
0:33 – The story
1:26- Headline 1: Tennis fans in shock as top-seed Novak Djokovic KICKED OUT of US Open after hitting judge with ball
5:20 – Headline 2: Novak Djokovic has blown big US Open chance with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal absent
9:22 – Headline 3: Fresh criticism will only fuel Djokovic’s quest for ultimate supremacy
12:49 – Language summary

The Story

There’s no suggestion the shot was deliberate: Djokovic wasn’t looking where he hit the ball having just been broken on his serve.

But a ruling of physical abuse means the world number 1 was defaulted.

kicked out
forced to leave

• The bar staff kicked out a drunk customer.
• Stop talking or we’ll get kicked out of the library!

blown (his/her/their) chances
missed an opportunity

• After a terrible speech, the politician realised she’d blown her chances of winning the election.
• He was very critical of his boss in a public meeting and blew his chances of promotion.

make more intense

• When they went on holiday together it fuelled speculation they were going to get married.
• Looking in the mirror more often during lockdown has fuelled demand for teeth whitening.

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  1. Reply
    BBC Learning English September 5, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    We hope you enjoyed that! Check out the episode of The Grammar Gameshow on phrasal verbs that Neil and Catherine mentioned: :

  2. 🟡 Diana kicked out, when she saw her husband with another one in the party.
    🟡 Although he had no experience, he didn't blow his chances to get the job.
    🟡 The car after the accident becomes fuelled it needs to go back to the factory to remake it.

  3. Djokovic again

  4. 3:06 OK guys stop right there…who is hitting peoples balls?

  5. Sorry the girl I like is Catherine.

  6. Hi, everyday I like more the video lessons where Chaterine appears, I'm going to select all of them and watch them over and over again.

  7. Catherine n Neil you both are very sincere . I am really admire you both. Thanks.

  8. Catherine is a versatile lady.

  9. wow….that's great….❤

  10. I really like your explanation and pronunciation as well, especially two different ways of saying chances. Thanks!

  11. Reply
    ただすけ#001TADASUKE September 5, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    In the Chinese drama "the three kingdoms," there is a very impressive scene. A Chief of the General Staff almost defeats his counterpart, the biggest rival, competitor or enemy and maybe friend, then it rains heavily, which makes the leading character blow his chances of overthrowing the commander. Then he is eventually gone without achieving his and his lord's ambition to revive the former dynasty. It is very famous scene, but it moves viewers to tears, every time watching the scene.

  12. Very good very good nice sister

  13. Very good very good

  14. Thank you very much to the team bbc…..Cathering you look amazing…

  15. Reply
    Caio Batista da Silva September 5, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    You are wonderful! I'm learning a lot with you, improve my English here, in my poor and sad Brazil!: it'll pass!
    Thanks for the excellent work!

  16. disappointed
    He's a king.

  17. He has been kicked out of the board because of his corruption.
    Many people often blow their chances by their offending speech.
    The president's comment fuel people's anger.

  18. This post has fuelled my passion for English. Never have i blown my chances to learn something about the language. My friend was kicked out of the English class by the teacher for not doing the homework.

  19. You can tell they have chemistry
    Really enjoyable hearing they talk to each other

  20. Type of insult, it is some kind of humiliation. Aggression to aggression!

  21. can we use….if i dont be silent, I will be kicked out from the class.

  22. Great headlines and clear explanations with vocabulary use julio teacher

  23. Wtf Is doing kale Anders here

  24. It's look like unintentionally

  25. Very good!! I like this video very much. Thank you!!

  26. 'I was kicked out of my girlfriend's room after I throw out on the floor for being drunk' is that correct? By the way, It's nice to have you both in the show again. I really like it when you make a team. Thanks a lot for the explanations

  27. how about phrase verb: burn up instead of blow up, can it change the meaning, thanks

  28. I told you not to go vs I didn't tell you to go . Which one is correct? And why.plz clear this doubt.

  29. thanks for the lesson

  30. Reply
    sirvan mohamadnezhad September 5, 2022 at 8:11 pm


  31. I don't speak tennis😅

  32. How toxic this content

  33. It's amazing thanks BBC

  34. Neil and Catherine are my new favourites ❤️❤️

  35. Hey BBC, could you please tell me the meaning of CROQUET. I heard this word the other day while listening to the story of ''Alice in wonderland'' on BBC LEARNING ENGLISH. ( Feel free to correct me if you come across any grammatical mistake ) 😀

  36. thank you

  37. what does "having just broken on his serve" mean?

  38. Reply
    Athanasios Souliotis September 5, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Come on he didn't want it…he didn't do it on purpose.

  39. 👍
    Where are you sitting while filming Catherine?
    Same wall here in my house's roof

  40. From the looks of her, its the only ball to hit her in the face

  41. What Can i say just this Channel is really fantastic it lets me be more professionnal in my english speaking and kick out all the negativity from my head really a Big respect for you
    Et bonne continuation 👏👏👏💪💪

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