ITDC INDIA EPRESS/ ITDC NEWS Novak Djokovic, who was disqualified from the US Open for unintentionally hitting a line judge with a tennis ball, has urged his fans to stop abusing and sending death threats to the judge.
The men’s world number one was sensationally disqualified from the grand slam tournament after he struck Laura Clark on the throat with a tennis ball during his fourth match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.
Clark was bombarded with a barrage of abusive messages and death threats on her Instagram handle after a Serbian tabloid revealed her identity and social media details.
Several vicious fans of Djokovic targeted Clark with vile messages, with one even commenting under her late son’s picture, “Don’t worry, you’ll join him soon.”
The 33-year-old Serb has now taken to social media to urge his fans from abusing Clark, adding that she has “done nothing wrong at all”.
“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. From these moments, we grow stronger and we rise above. Sharing love with everyone. Europe here I come,” he wrote a note and posted it on Instagram.
Djokovic had posted on social media an apology after his disqualification, and said that the whole situation left him “sad and empty”.
“I’m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong,” he had written in his previous post.