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I was watching ESPN's coverage of the US open today (day after the incident). There was a few minute special coverage by Tom Rinaldi on Djokovic's default after the Thiem vs Auger-Aliassime match. During that program with former #4 ranked player James Blake, the host Chris McKendry mentioned that this was the first time ever the top seed had been defaulted ...


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At least in reasonably recent history, the answer is no. The highest seed to have been defaulted (as opposed to retired voluntarily) was John McEnroe (1990 Australian Open, 4th seed). This Sydney Morning Herald article lists the disqualifications since 1990. Serena Williams (2009 US Open, 2nd seed) also lost a match as a direct result of an official ...


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