Not only does Novak Djokovic have to deal with the shame of being disqualified from the U.S. Open after accidentally hitting lineswoman Laura Clark with a ball, he has to quell angry fans from adding insult to injury, literally.
Clark, who was not at the Flushing Meadows site on Monday, received hundreds of hostile message after a Serbian tabloid newspaper published her Instagram handle.
Many of the messages were abusive or threatening, while some claimed that she had exaggerated her reaction to being hit in the throat by a stray tennis ball.
The backlash prompted the world No. 1 men’s tennis star to step in and plead with his fans to offer their support to her as well as him.