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Following Novak Djokovic's disqualification from the US Open, after accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a tennis ball, the world number one on Monday, September 7, urged his fans to be "supportive and caring" after the judge was attacked online by trolls.
Taking to Twitter, Djokovic said that the lineswoman committed no mistake and urged the tennis community to support her.
"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," the Serbian tweeted.
"From these moments, we grow stronger and we rise above. Sharing love with everyone. Europe here I come," he added.
From these moments, we grow stronger and we rise above. Sharing love with everyone. Europe here I come ✈️ (2/2)— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) September 7, 2020
Djokovic went 5-6 down in the first set against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta when he hit a ball behind him. The ball hit the female official in the throat and she dropped to her knees.
Following nearly ten minutes of discussions with the tournament referee, the chair umpire Aurelie Tourte declared that Carreno Busta had won by default.
After Djokovic was disqualified, several social media users accused the line judge of exaggerating the extent of her injury.
According to a report by Daily Mail, while the US Open had not revealed the woman's name, a Serbian tabloid revealed her Instagram details, leading to several users abusing her.
In one of the posts dedicated to her late son, one user commented, "Don't worry, you'll join him soon."
Amid the shock and angst on social media at the decision, several people also poured in with support for the 33-year-old Djokovic.
To people being harsh on Novak right now.— Somdev Devvarman (@SomdevD) September 7, 2020
It was a mistake. A freak accident. There was no intent. Luckily nobody got seriously hurt.
Everybody makes mistakes. Let him be.
Why do we expect such politically correct responses when we all know it was an accident?
Djokovic had also rendered an apology on Instagram and said that he was "extremely sorry" about the incident.
"This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. I checked on the lines person 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," he wrote.
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This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. I checked on the lines person 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 apologize to the @usopen tournament and everyone associated for my behavior. 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. Cela ova situacija me čini zaista tužnim i praznim. Proverio sam kako se oseća linijski sudija, i prema informacijama koje sam dobio, oseća se dobro, hvala Bogu. Njeno ime ne mogu da otkrijem zbog očuvanja njene privatnosti. Jako mi je žao što sam joj naneo takav stres. Nije bilo namerno. Bilo je pogrešno. Želim da ovo neprijatno iskustvo, diskvalifikaciju sa turnira, pretvorim u važnu životnu lekciju, kako bih nastavio da rastem i razvijam se kao čovek, ali i teniser. Izvinjavam se organizatorima US Opena. Veoma sam zahvalan svom timu i porodici što mi pružaju snažnu podršku, kao i mojim navijačima jer su uvek uz mene. Hvala vam i žao mi je. Bio je ovo težak dan za sve.
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