The US Open 2020 lineswoman who was hit by a ball that led to the disqualification of Novak Djokovic from the Grand Slam tournament, has been subject to vicious trolling after her name and Instagram handle were leaked. Also Read - Tennis | US Open 2020 Final: Dominic Thiem Beats Alexander Zverev in Marathon Five-setter to Claim First Grand Slam Title
On Sunday, as Djokovic walked around the baseline during his fourth round match, he hit a ball casually in the direction where lines official are usually stationed. The ball hit a lineswoman who dropped to her knee, holding her neck. Also Read - US Open 2020 Results: Naomi Osaka Beats Victoria Azarenka in Women's Singles Final to Lift Her Second Title at Flushing Meadows, Clinches Her Third Grand Slam Overall
Djokovic and others immediately rushed to her aid, inquiring about her well-being. Later on, after lengthy discussion, the tournament referee awarded the match to the world’s No 1 opponent by default. Also Read - US Open 2020 Results: Dominic Thiem Beats Daniil Medvedev in Straight Sets to Set up Title Clash Against Alexander Zverev
The Serb on Tuesday, posted a message for his fans via social media asking them to stop posting hate comments directed towards the lineswoman, saying she did nothing wrong.
“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 wrote.
“From these moments, we grow stronger and we rise above. Sharing love with everyone. Europe here I come,” he added.
The stunning turn of events ended Djokovic’s bid for an 18th Grand Slam title as he hoped to draw level with rival Rafael Nadal and cut down the gap with all-time leader Roger Federer who has 20 such titles to his name.
The 33-year-old had also posted an apology on Instagram for his action soon after the match saying he felt empty.
“This whole situation has left me really sad and empty,” he wrote. “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.”
According to US Tennis Association, the official is resting in her hotel and hopes to continue participation in the tournament.