Novak Djokovic wears bicycle helmet to Italian Open training session after getting hit in the head with bottle


Novak Djokovic wasn’t taking any possibilities this weekend. 

The Serbian tennis star confirmed as much as the Foro Italico in Rome on Saturday sporting a bicycle helmet as he signed autographs for followers with a smile. 

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic takes half in a coaching session through the Males’s ATP Rome Open tennis match at Foro Italico in Rome on Might 11, 2024. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

“At present I got here ready,” he stated in a submit on social media. 

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The choice to put on protecting gear adopted a scary scene on the Italian Open only a day earlier. 

After a 6-3, 6-1 win over French qualifier Corentin Moutet, Djokovic was exiting the clay court docket when he stopped to signal autographs for followers. That is when an aluminum water bottle fell from the group above, hitting Djokovic immediately on the highest of his head. 

He collapsed to the bottom the place he appeared to carry his head for a number of minutes earlier than ultimately exiting the court docket. 

Novak Djokovic reacts during a match

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts through the Males’s Singles second spherical match towards Corentin Moutet of France throughout Day 5 of the Internazionali BNL D’Italia 2024 at Foro Italico on Might 10, 2024, in Rome, Italy. (Giampiero Sposito/Getty Pictures)

NOVAK DJOKOVIC INJURED AFTER BOTTLE FALLS ON HIS HEAD WHILE SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS

“Whereas leaving middle court docket after his match, Novak Djokovic was hit on the pinnacle by a water bottle whereas signing autographs. He obtained medical consideration and has already left the Foro Italico to return to his resort. His situation just isn’t a trigger for concern,” organizers stated in a press release.

Djokovic launched a press release of his personal on X calling the incident an “accident.” 

“Thanks for the messages of concern. This was an accident and I’m advantageous resting on the resort with an ice pack. See you all on Sunday.”

Novak Djokovic arrives at a training session

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic takes half in a coaching session through the Males’s ATP Rome Open tennis match at Foro Italico in Rome on Might 11, 2024. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

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Match organizers later shared a video revealing {that a} fan leaning over to greet Djokovic was accountable for the incident. Video confirmed the water bottle falling out of a backpack he was carrying as he leaned over the stands. 

Regardless of all of it, Djokovic, 36, seemed to be in good spirits as he arrived on the sports activities facility in Rome on Saturday. He gained his first match on Friday after taking practically a month off. 

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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