World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has issued a plea to his fans to 'stay supportive and caring to' the lines woman who was involved in his disqualification from the US Open. Djokovic was disqualified from the US Open on Sunday after he accidentally hit a lines person with a ball that he hit in anger.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic urges fans to stay supportive and caring to the lineswoman
Djokovic sent a message on his social media, saying, "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”.
#NoleFam refers to his group of fans who are known to be a big supporter of the Serbian superstar.
From these moments, we grow stronger and we rise above. Sharing love with everyone. Europe here I come ✈️ (2/2) — Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) September 7, 2020
The lines person was not at the Flushing Meadows site on Monday. A US Open spokesman provided an update on the line judge’s condition: “The line umpire who was struck by the ball is resting comfortably in the hotel today and is under the observation of the tournament doctor and will return to work when she and the doctor feel it is appropriate”.
This is the second statement that Novak Djokovic has sent out on social media since the incident. In his first statement, Djokovic apologised for his actions on Sunday and said he was sorry for his behaviour. “This whole situation has left me really sad and empty.
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. As for the disqualification, I need to go back within and work on my disappointment and turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being.
I apologise to the US Open tournament and everyone associated for my behaviour. I’m very grateful to my team and family for being my rock support, and my fans for always being there with me. Thank you and I’m so sorry”.