WATCH: Djokovic wears helmet after getting hit by water bottle

The Serbian star will face Alejandro Tabilo in his next Italian Open match

By Web Desk
May 11, 2024
Novak Djokovic arriving while wearing a helmet. — Screengrab

Novak Djokovic jokingly turned up while wearing a helmet at the Foro Italico on Saturday after getting hit by a water bottle on the head a day earlier.

Djokovic will lock horns with Alejandro Tabilo in his second-round match in the ongoing Italian Open. He showed up to the venue for practice and signed autographs for the fans.

Making light of Friday’s incident, the Serbian wrote on his social media accounts: "Today I came prepared."

Djokovic was hit on the head by a water bottle and required medical attention after his victory against France's Corentin Moutet on Friday.

The incident occurred when the Serbian was signing autographs after his 6-3 6-1 win. Djokovic fell to his knees while holding his head and remained crouched on the ground for several seconds. He was helped off-court after staff ran to his aid.

Tournament organisers assured there was nothing to worry about over his condition.

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

"He underwent appropriate medication and has already left the Foro Italico to return to his hotel."

Footage which went viral on social media showed that the bottle had slipped out of a fan's backpack and hit Djokovic.

"Thank you for the messages of concern," Djokovic wrote on the social media platform X. "This was an accident and I am fine resting at the hotel with an ice pack. See you all on Sunday."