The line judge injured by Novak Djokovic is facing more pain this morning, after waking up to death threats and vile messages on her social media platforms.
Fans of the number one ranked tennis player took to social media to troll Laura Clark, after a Serbian newspaper published the name of the judge along with her social media details.
Djokovic was disqualified from the US Open after a tempered but accidental hit by the tennis player sent a tennis ball into the direction of Clark, striking her neck, in Sunday’s match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.
The Serbian player’s disqualification left fans in fury and Djokovic guttered after losing his chance to grow one Grand Slam title closer to Rafael Nadal, and two titles closer to Roger Federer.
Clark has received several abusive messages on her Instagram page with supporters of Djokovic blaming her for his debarment from this year’s US Open tournament.
The line judge uses her social media profiles to promote a wine company. These posts were spammed with messages of hate, accusing Clark to be an alcoholic.
“You can drink litres of alcohol but cannot survive small tennis ball?? [sic] Bad acting. Shameless,” one user wrote.
Some of Djokovic’s insensitive supporters went to the extreme, commenting on a photo that was dedicated to Clark’s late son who passed away in 2008 after a motorbike accident: “Don’t worry, you’ll join him soon”.
The controversy unleashed online despite Djokovic taking full accountability for his actions in an Instagram post after the match.
Today, in a separate post, he asked his fans to support Clark during this time as “she’s done nothing wrong at all”.
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Clark has since deleted her Instagram account and is having her injury monitored by tournament doctors in a hotel.