Disgraced Novak Djokovic pleaded with his fans to stop abusing the line judge who was involved in his disqualification from the US Open.
The world No 1 was booted out of the Grand Slam in dramatic fashion on Sunday night when he swiped a ball to the back of the court absentmindedly, only for it to strike Kentucky-based official Laura Clark in the throat.
Djokovic was disqualified despite pleading his case to officials and in the hours that followed Clark was the target of vile abuse on her personal social media profiles.
Novak Djokovic called on his fans to show support to the line judge that was hit in the throat
Laura Clark, from Kentucky, was accidentally struck by Djokovic and the reckless swipe at the racket saw the world No 1 disqualified from the US Open in dramatic fashion on Sunday night
Djokovic took to social media to ask fans to support Clark as she was subjected to vile abuse online after her identity was made public by a Serbian tabloid following his disqualification
Her identity, which had not been revealed by Djokovic, emerged from a Serbian tabloid and Djokovic's notoriously aggressive fan-base directed abuse towards her for her role in his disqualification.
The milder end of the abuse saw her accused of play-acting from the strike while others subjected her to vile abuse about her son, who died in a bicycle accident in 2008.
The 33-year-old Djokovic took to Twitter for a cease and desist notice to his loyal legion of fans that targeted Clark.
Clark's son died in 2008, and one of Djokovic's fans told her 'don't worry, you'll join him soon'
He wrote: '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.'
He went on to add: 'From