Ace tennis star Novak Djokovic out of US Open 2020 after he accidentally hit the lineswoman. The current World No. 1 flicked a ball and hit the lineswomen during his 4th round match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.
The injury to the lineswoman (Laura Clark as per source) caused the disqualification of top favorite Novak Djokovic, who was on a 26 match winning streak this year.
Despite USTA not releasing her name, trolls found her on social media and have sent her death threats.
Novak Djokovic fans start targeting lineswomen
All this started hours after Djokovic’s disqualification and the fans publicised the Instagram account of the lineswoman. The fans went on to brutally troll and abuse the lady in the comments section of her posts.
Novak Djokovic urges fans to stop the backlash and support her instead
Following this incident, the 17-time Grand Slam champion, Novak Djokovic said that the lineswoman in question did nothing wrong and needs the tennis community’s support amid the backlash.
“Dear #NoleFam thank you for your positive messages… Please also remember the linesperson that was hit by the ball last night needs our community’s support too. She’s done nothing wrong at all. I ask you to stay especially supportive and caring to her during this time,” Djokovic said in a social media post.
“From these moments, we grow stronger and we rise above. Sharing love with everyone. Europe here I come.”
Novak Djokovic’s apology post this incident
Novak Djokovic apologised immediately after the incident via an Instagram post on Monday. Although he did not even attend the post-match press conference as the 33-year old stormed out of the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. I checked on the linesperson and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling ok. I’m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong.I’m not disclosing her name to respect her privacy. As for the disqualification, I need to go back within and work on my disappointment and turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being.
“I apologise to the @usopen tournament and everyone associated, for my behaviour. I’m very grateful to my team and family for being my rock support, and my fans for always being there with me. Thank you and I’m so sorry,” Djokovic wrote on Monday,” read the Serb’s social media post.