The painful incident with the linesman at the US Open continues to haunt tennis player Novak Djokovic.
The Serb felt compelled to call his fans to order because, on social media, they scolded and accused the woman of affectation.
“Please remember that the linesman who has hit the ball also needs the support of our community. She hasn’t done anything wrong at all. I ask you to support her during this period and to be nice”, tweeted 33-year-old Djokovic.
The number 1 in the world and 17-time Grand Slam winner was disqualified on Sunday after he hit a ball hard against the line judge in his match against Pablo Carreno Busta out of frustration about his own failure.
The woman fell down with a scream and grabbed her throat. The organization saw no other measure than to ban Djokovic for his misconduct immediately.
Djokovic apologized on Instagram a few hours after the incident. “This whole situation has made me very sad. I checked how the line judge is doing, and the tournament director told me that thank goodness she’s feeling good. I am extremely sorry for causing her so much stress.”