Novak Djokovic at ATP Cup

Djokovic pleads with his fans to stop online abuse of line-judge, saying: ‘she’s done nothing wrong’

Novak Djokovic has pleaded with his fans to stop their online abuse of the line-judge at the centre of his US Open disqualification storm.

Djokovic was defaulted on Sunday in the middle of his fourth round clash with Pablo Carreno Busta after accidentally striking the woman with a spare ball after being broken.

Her name was released by a Serbian newspaper and a torrent of abuse, including death threats, were sent to her Instagram account.

Djokovic, though, has stepped in to attempt to defuse the outrage, insisting she is not at fault.

“Please remember the linesperson that was hit by the ball last night needs our community’s support too,” Djokovic told his fans on Twitter.

“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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