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Novak Djokovic hit in the head by water bottle during Italian Open in Rome – WATCH |  Tennis news
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Novak Djokovic hit in the head by water bottle during Italian Open in Rome – WATCH | Tennis news

Novak Djokovic was hit by a bottle as he left the court after beating Frenchman Corentin Moutet in his debut match at the Italian Open on Friday.

Novak Djokovic recorded a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Corentin Moutet on Friday. (Photo – AFP)

New Delhi: Tennis sensation Novak Djokovic was left in pain after a bottle of hard water hit him square in the head following his 6-3, 6-1 victory over Frenchman Corentin Moutet at the Italian Open in Rome on Friday. The win in straight sets took him to the third round and while he was about to leave the court, the unfortunate incident happened.

The world No. 1 was signing autographs with fans as he left center court at the Foro Italico when a bottle fell over his head, leaving him crouching on the ground in pain with security staff right next to him. The bottle appeared to have fallen from the stands where fans were witnessing the match. Djokovic was then taken on foot from the arena to the bowels of the stands by staff.

A video clip of the disturbing incident quickly went viral, raising concerns among Djokovic fans about his condition. The act was first believed to be intentional as several fans demanded that the person who did this be detained, but a few hours later it was revealed that it was all “accidental”. The Italian Open organizers later confirmed it was an accident, as the bottle accidentally slipped out of someone’s bag (while bent over to take an autograph) and landed on Djokovic’s head.

Internazionali BNL d’Italia announced on social media platform ‘X’ that the incident was an accident and that Djokovic is doing well.

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Even Djokovic informed his fans about his condition afterwards and thanked them for their concerned messages.

Djokovic will face Chilean Alejandro Tabilo next as the 24-time Grand Slam champion warms up for the French Open with a great chance to add to his tally of titles at the Foro Italico, where only Rafael Nadal has more than ten won. The best-placed Serb will turn 37 in a few days.