Line judge at the center of Novak Djokovic’s US Open disqualification to continue his official career
Line judge at the center of Novak Djokovic’s US Open disqualification will continue her tenure despite shocked by controversy in Flushing Meadows
- Linesman Laura Clark intends to continue her official career
- Clark was accidentally hit in the throat by Novak Djokovic during the US Open
- The world’s No. 1 was disqualified after the Flushing Meadows incident
The line judge at the center of the Novak Djokovic US Open disqualification plans to continue her career as an officer, despite being shocked by her unwitting part in the controversy that turned Flushing Meadows on its head.
Laura Clark, who accidentally punched Djokovic in the throat when he swung a ball away in anger during his fourth round, was back on duty 48 hours after being at the center of an international sports incident.
A spokesperson for the US Tennis Association confirmed that, after being told to rest at her hotel the next day, she worked on two more games during the tournament before returning to her home in Kentucky.
The line judge who is accidentally hit by Novak Djokovic at the US Open continues her career
Djokovic was disqualified after hitting a ball in anger that hit official Laura Clark
According to a source who worked with her in New York, she returned on the second Tuesday to call the line, despite being shocked by her newfound fame and the abuse she received through social media.
However, the game was a relatively low-key double play at Louis Armstrong Stadium and not Arthur Ashe where the incident took place.
The source said: ‘She had noticeably pulled the mask down over her face and a cap, it seemed she didn’t want to be recognized, understandably,’ adding that she was considered ‘a popular member of the team who are highly regarded and reliable ‘.
Clark then worked on another game before returning to Owensboro, after telling colleagues that the incident wouldn’t deter her from the job she loves.
In the aftermath of the match, Djokovic checked on her by phone and apologized for the distress caused. He also released a statement asking fans to stop abusing her on social media accounts, which were quickly locked down.
Clark was shocked by the Flushing Meadows incident but was back on court within 48 hours
While some of the trolls were his fans, infamous for being targeted by anyone they consider taking down their hero, the abuse was compounded by gamblers who had lost money through the standard, as is unfortunately common in tennis.
Clark, whose records showed she was fond of fine wines and country music, was instructed by officials not to publicly discuss the incident.
Djokovic left the stadium half an hour after referee Andreas Egli told him his US Open was over for failing to give his mandatory press conference.
According to the USTA, one thing he did at the time was to provide a doping test sample, which required that anyone who loses from round four be automatically tested. Sources reported that he was calm and polite during the process.
Djokovic will not renew her acquaintance with Clark in Paris, and due to the drastically reduced schedule at all tennis levels for the rest of the year, she is unlikely to work much before 2021.
The 33-year-old Serb declared at the Italian Open that he had put the incident behind him, and it certainly looked like this, as he won the title for the fifth time in Rome.
The 33-year-old said he put the incident behind him after winning the Italian Open
As he prepares to challenge Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem when the event kicks off on Sunday, organizers last night feared spectator numbers could drop further due to rising cases of Coronavirus in Paris.
Ministers of the French government met on Wednesday to discuss whether further restrictions should be imposed, including reducing the maximum number of meetings at events, which is currently 5,000.
Roland Garros originally had the ambition to run at 50 percent capacity, before that was reduced to 11,500 and then 5,000. That could drop to just 1,000 allowed only by the Philippe Chatrier court, subject to ministerial decisions.
Stockport’s Liam Broady advanced to the final round of the French Open qualifying event when he defeated Dutchman Botic Van De Zandschulp 7-6 7-6.