The Citizen (KZN)

Support the line judge – Djokovic

- New York

– Novak Djokovic urged his fans to be “supportive and caring” of the line judge at the centre of his US Open default row after she was attacked by online trolls.

Djokovic said the official, who was hit in the throat by a ball bashed away in anger by the world No 1, had “done nothing wrong at all”.

Some critics on social media accused the line judge, who fell to the ground and appeared to have trouble breathing, of exaggerati­ng the extent of her injury.

“Please also remember the linesperso­n that was hit by the ball last night needs our community’s support too,” the 33-year-old Serb tweeted.

“She’s done nothing wrong at all. I ask you to stay especially supportive and caring to her during this time.”

Djokovic was disqualifi­ed, missing the chance to win his 18th Grand Slam title. – AFP

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