Djokovic Urges Trolls To Stop Threatening Line Judge

WASHINGTON, September 9, 2020 (by Michael Dickens)

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who was defaulted from his fourth-round US Open match after he unintentionally struck a ball that hit a line judge in the throat on Sunday, took to social media on Monday to urge trolls who had penned threatening and cruel posts about the lineswoman to stop. He told them to be both “supportive and caring.”

The trolls accused the lineswoman on social media of faking her discomfort. While U.S. Open officials had been reluctant to release her name, The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that “a news outlet in Serbia posted her Instagram account, which has since been deleted.”

There was a sense of urgency for Djokovic to speak out against the trolls and to also address his fans, which he did on social media Monday evening.

Djokovic wrote: “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.”

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