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.
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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
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.
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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