Novak Djokovic expresses concern for ‘strong and brave’ line-judge after Roland Garros accident

Novak Djokovic has expressed concern for a Roland Garros line-judge after accidentally striking him with a ball during play.

Djokovic was at the centre of a similar storm at the US Open last month when he was defaulted form the competition in the fourth round.

This time, however, the crucial difference was that it happened during play, even if it was just as accidental.

“My gosh, it was very awkward deja vu,” Novak Djokovic said after the match.

“I’m actually trying to find the linesperson and see if he’s okay because I saw he had a little bit of a bruise, like redness, in that place in the head where the ball hit him.

“I hope he’s fine. I mean, he definitely dealt with it in a very strong and brave way. But it was a hit because I was very close.”

The incident at Flushing Meadows has seen the media jump on the story but Djokovic hopes a sense of perspective is applied.

“Obviously because of what happened in New York, people I guess are going to make the story out of this.

“It has happened to me and to many other players in the last 15 years that I’ve been on the tour.

“I’ve seen it a lot when the ball ricochets from the racquet and the frame, hits someone in the stands, or someone that is close to you or line umpire. Yeah, it was a very awkward situation.”

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