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‘Upset’ Novak Djokovic left with a small bump and some blood after being hit on the head with a bottle during the Italian Open |  Tennis news
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‘Upset’ Novak Djokovic left with a small bump and some blood after being hit on the head with a bottle during the Italian Open | Tennis news

World champion Novak Djokovic was hit on the head with a water bottle and collapsed to the ground after his 6-3, 6-1 victory over French qualifier Corentin Moutet in his opening match at the Italian Open on Friday. The 24-time Grand Slam champion returned after almost a month of absence.

Video footage showed Djokovic placing both hands on his head and then curling up on the ground after being hit. A security guard hovered over Djokovic in an apparent attempt to protect Djokovic, who was later helped through the tunnel to the locker room.

Which hit Djokovic on the head

Later, after several videos surfaced, it became clear that the “attack” on Djokovic was not intentional.

The bottle belonged to a fan, who was leaning over the railing to hand Djokovic his notebook for an autograph, when an aluminum water bottle slid out of his backpack and hit the top-ranked player on the head.

While Djokovic skipped his press conference, he later said he was fine.

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“Thank you for the concerned messages. This was an accident and I’m fine with resting in the hotel with an ice pack,” Djokovic posted on X. “See you all on Sunday.”

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Djokovic left upset by an incident

Djokovic had a bump on his head and was being checked by doctors, tournament organizers said. He did not hold his usual post-match press conference.

“As he left center court after his match, Novak Djokovic was hit on the head by a water bottle while signing autographs. He received medical attention and has already left the Foro Italico to return to his hotel. His condition is not a cause for concern,” organizers said in a statement.

Djokovic had some blood on his head but did not require stitches, Italian Tennis Federation spokesman Alessandro Catapano said.

“He was upset, but he seems okay,” Catapano had said before the footage showed the incident was unintentional. “We are also very angry about what happened and we are trying to find out who it was and understand the dynamics. The police came and asked for information, but the person who did that had already left,” Catapano added. “We are reviewing all video and camera angles to see if we can determine exactly what happened.”

The 36-year-old Serbian is preparing to defend his title at the French Open, which starts on May 26.

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