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Session 159

Novak Djokovic has been disqualified from the US Open tennis tournament after he hit a ball in frustration which accidentally struck a line judge in the throat. He has apologised for the incident. Neil and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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Djokovic hits line judge with ball

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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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.

Key words and phrases

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.

fuel
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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