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Djokovic hit his head with a water bottle while signing autographs at the Italian Open
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Djokovic hit his head with a water bottle while signing autographs at the Italian Open

World number one Novak Djokovic required medical attention after being hit in the head by a bottle of water following his second-round victory against Frenchman Corentin Moutet at the Italian Open on Friday.

The Serbian was signing autographs after his easy 6-3 6-1 win against the lucky loser when the bottle hit him in the head and he immediately grabbed his head and fell to his knees. He remained crouched on the ground for several seconds while staff rushed to his aid and was eventually helped off the field.

Tournament organizers said there was no cause for concern about his condition.

“Novak Djokovic was hit on the head by a water bottle while leaving the Central Court at the end of his match while signing autographs for spectators,” the tournament said in a statement on social media.

“He has been given the appropriate medication and has already left the Foro Italico to return to his hotel.”

Footage posted on social media showed the bottle slipped out of a fan’s backpack and hit him. Reuters could not immediately independently verify the images.

“Thank you for the concerned messages,” Djokovic wrote on the social media platform X. “This was an accident and I can rest well in the hotel with an ice pack. See you Sunday.”

He next plays the Chilean Alejandro Tabilo.

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