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'You'll join your dead son soon': US Open line judge who was struck by ball hit by Novak Djokovic is bombarded with abusive messages and death threats on Instagram by mocking her son's death in cycling accident Novak Djokovic was automatically disqualified from the US Open on Sunday He inadvertently struck line judge Laura Clark in the throat with a tennis ball Fans of the world No 1 took to Instagram and have bombarded Clark with threats On a post which was dedicated to her late son, user wrote: 'You'll join him soon'

By Ben Nagle for MailOnline

Published: 15:29 BST, 7 September 2020 | Updated: 16:26 BST, 7 September 2020

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The US Open line judge hit in the throat with a ball by Novak Djokovic has been subjected to vile online abuse after fans of the world No 1 discovered her Instagram account.

Laura Clark, from Owensboro, Kentucky, was catapulted into the spotlight on Sunday night after Djokovic inadvertently hit her with a stray tennis ball, resulting in him being disqualified from the US Open.

Laura Clark was the line judge struck by a ball from Novak Djokovic at the US Open on Sunday

Laura Clark was the line judge struck by a ball from Novak Djokovic at the US Open on Sunday 

Fans of Djokovic have been quick to find Clark on social media to send her death threats

Clark has worked her way up through the ranks to be a line judge at some top competitions around the world

Fans of Djokovic have been quick to find Clark on social media to send her death threats

Clark's son died in 2008, and one of Djokovic's fans told her 'don't worry, you'll join him soon'

Clark's son died in 2008, and one of Djokovic's fans told her 'don't worry, you'll join him soon'

Clark's son Josh died in a motorcycle accident in 2008, and a sick troll wrote: 'Don't worry, you'll join him soon'

Clark's son Josh died in a motorcycle accident in 2008, and a sick troll wrote: 'Don't worry, you'll join him soon'

Clark went down instantly, seemingly in considerable pain, before Djokovic came to check whether she was okay before the match was defaulted and the Serbian kicked out of the tournament.

Fans of the world No 1 were quick to take to social media, finding Clark's public profile and sending thousands of hate-filled messages, including death threats.

In one post, which was dedicated to her late son, a user wrote:

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