Djokovic wears helmet to training after water bottle incident

By Hoang Trang   May 14, 2024 | 03:00 am PT
Djokovic wears helmet to training after water bottle incident
Novak Djokovic waves to the audience after losing to Alejandro Tabilo at the Rome Masters on May 12, 2024. Photo by AFP
Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic wore a bicycle helmet to training after a water bottle hit his head following a previous match.

Djokovic wore the helmet over a white cap to the training ground at the Rome Masters last week. He also stopped and signed autographs for fans waiting outside the venue, The Sun reported.

The new look quickly went viral on social networks.

"How can you not love him?" one fan wrote. "He has such a fantastic sense of humor," another fan commented.

The incident occurred after Djokovic defeated Corentin Moutet in the opening match of the Rome Masters on May 10. When Djokovic entered the tunnel after the match, he stopped to sign autographs for some fans standing on the fence. A male fan accidentally let a metal water bottle fall from his backpack and hit Djokovic’s head. Surprised and hurt, the Serbian tennis star collapsed and held his head for a moment.

The organizers said doctors would look at the swelling on Djokovic's head. He later reassured fans, saying he was fine and resting at the hotel with an ice pack on his head.

A video on social media showing Novak Djokovic going to training with a bicycle helmet.

On May 12, after losing to Alejandro Tabilo and exiting the tournament, Djokovic addressed the water bottle incident. He said it was an accident.

"I didn't even look up and then something hit my head. It affected me a lot. I had half an hour of headache, nausea and bleeding, but I could still sleep. The next day I felt pretty good so I thought everything was fine," Djokovic said.

"But today I feel like I'm a completely different player when I step on the court. There's no rhythm and no balance at all. It's a bit worrying but I haven't had any scans or tests. I think I should have my brain examined and see what's going on," he added.

Djokovic, the winner of a record 24 Grand Slams and considered the greatest tennis player ever, last won a tournament at the ATP Finals at the end of 2023.

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