Tennis star Novak Djokovic was struck in the head by a water bottle while signing autographs after his second-round win at the Italian Open.

The metal water bottle reportedly was accidentally dropped by a fan from above.

The 2023 U.S. Open champion said he was fine after the incident.


Another angle:

“Thank you for the messages of concern. This was an accident and I am fine resting at the hotel with an ice pack. See you all on Sunday,” Djokovic said.

NBC News reports:

After Djokovic’s second-round win at the Open, the No. 1 tennis player in the world was signing a hat and a piece of paper for screaming fans as a metal water bottle dropped on his head, according to video posted to social media.

A fan was leaning over the rail in an attempt to have Djokovic sign his notebook when the water bottle slipped out of his backpack and crashed into Djokovic’s head.

After he was hit, Djokovic put both hands on his head and curled up on the ground as a security guard shielded him. He was then helped through the tunnel and into the locker room, where he received medical attention.

Tournament organizers said Djokovic had a bump on his head and doctors checked on him.

“While leaving 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, according to the Associated Press.

Djokovic came prepared for the next time he signed autographs.

The tennis sensation greeted fans wearing a bicycle helmet.

“Today I came prepared,” Djokovic said.


From the Associated Press:

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

“He was upset, but he seems OK,” Catapano said. “We’re also very upset about what happened and we are trying to figure out who it was and understand the dynamics.

“The police came and asked for information but the person who did it had already left,” Catapano added. “We’re going through all of the video and camera angles to see if we can determine what exactly happened.”

The incident occurred shortly after Djokovic’s 6-3, 6-1 win over French qualifier Corentin Moutet in his opening match. The 24-time Grand Slam champion was returning after nearly a month off.

Djokovic has a day off before his next scheduled match at the clay-court tournament on Sunday.

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

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