SHOCK IN ROME: Novak Djokovic hit on head by a canteen, loses blood

The Serbian champion was accidentally the victim of an accident with the crowd of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia: Nole also lost some blood

by Lorenzo Ciotti
SHOCK IN ROME: Novak Djokovic hit on head by a canteen, loses blood
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Evidently the tennis gods have decided that the 2024 edition of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia must be particularly unfortunate: let's leave aside everything that has happened in recent days and see what happened a few hours ago to Novak Djokovic, hit by a canteen at the end of the match. A bad accident, which caused the Serbian champion to lose blood. What happened on the Central Court of the Foro Italico at the end of the match between Nole and Corentin Moutet, won by the Serbian champion with the final score of 6-3 6-1, was incredible.

Djokovic, after staying a few more minutes on the court after the interview given to the ATP Tour to sign autographs and take photos with the fans present in the stands, was hit by a water bottle coming from a spectator, as he was preparing to enter the stadium. corridor leading to the changing rooms. A truly unpleasant episode, with the ATP No.1 as the victim in the tunnel, Nole collapsed to the ground due to the terrible blow he received on the head: as mentioned, the 36-year-old would also have lost blood.

According to the first updates reported by Sky Sport, Nole was immediately taken to the infirmary to receive the necessary treatment and then returned to the locker room with a plaster on his head and visibly very worried. The Police investigated the incident: the video surveillance images of the center were requested to verify whether the gesture by a fan was voluntary or not. From the first rumors it appears that the water bottle slipped from a backpack and a video that appeared on social media confirms this. Novak's entourage has meanwhile informed the organizers that the athlete will not make any statements at the press conference.

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Nopvak Djokovic© Dan Istitene / Staff Getty Images Sport

At the end of the match in the on-court interview and before this unpleasant issue, Nole told: "Match play is different from training sets. I played against a left-handed player and it had been a while since I trained with a left-handed player like him, so it took me a bit of time to adapt to the different rotations of the ball. The first four games were pretty bad on my part. A bad start, in fact I missed both my turns of service. Then I played well. I've only lost one game since 1-3. Corentin is a very talented tennis player. He has great hands and is very unpredictable. You don't know what's going to happen next, so I had to stay focused and that's what I did. It was a good match to debut."

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