Novak Djokovic Hit On Head With Water Bottle Leaving The Court In Rome, He’s OK [Video]

by Staff | May 10th, 2024, 4:17 pm

In a scary scene, Novak Djokovic was leaving the court through the tunnel following an opening round win over Corentin Moutet at the Rome Masters. While signing autographs for the fans as he exited, the world No. 1 was hit in the head by a falling aluminum water bottle.

Djokovic took the blow and went to his knees in pain. He stayed on a ground for some time before security ushered him away.

Different angles make it appear the bottle accidently fell out of a bag of an autograph seeker who was bent over the railing looking down at Djokovic.

The tournament just released a statement saying Djokovic was treated and is ok.

“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 to spectators. He underwent appropriate medication and has already left the Foro Italico to return to his hotel; his condition is not a cause for concern”, the Management of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia announced.

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13 Comments for Novak Djokovic Hit On Head With Water Bottle Leaving The Court In Rome, He’s OK [Video]

Wog Boy Says:

It was an accident, though careless one, aluminium bottle slipped out of the backpack while bending over railing for an autograph.
Nole couldn’t have known that when he was hit, no wonder for his reaction to protect his head when he was hit by the bottle.

If Neymar was hit by the bottle he would be laying now in ICU fighting for his life😉

Wog Boy Says:

Talking about aluminium bottles, you are not allowed to bring it through the gates at AO, don’t know elsewhere in the world, as the matter of fact you can’t bring any hard objects but plastic bottles of water, every backpack is searched at the gates and what is not allowed is disposed of.

No sport venues (any sport) is allowing it, rugby, football, basketball…. you name it.

Wog Boy Says:

Hmm, watching it again in this video, as someone noticed, the bloke who hit him didn’t have anything in his hand to sign on, so why was he bending over?

Tennispompom Says:

Good point Wog Boy. I’m mot usually into conspiracy theories, but it does look odd. The same guy is visible in the first video in this article – by that time he’s removed the rucksack, is holding it in his hand. You can see his face clearly.

The Tournament organisers apparently said that the fan whose bottle slipped, was a buy. By no stretch of the imagination can that bloke be described as a boy – he looks 25 to 30 years old to me.

That’s one hefty bottle, probably 700cc of water, maybe a litre, angular, not rounded metal edges, dropped from a height of about 1 1/2 to 2 meters above Novak’s head, and the sharp edge of it whacks Novak right on his skull. Weight-wise and momentum wise it’s like someone dropping a hammer on your head from a 150cm height. Not minor or innocuous!

But I guess that from the Italian organisers point of view, it sounds a lot better to say that “a water bottle accidentally fell out of a boy’s rucksack”. Perhaps they’re worried in case they get sued.

Wog Boy Says:


Boy?! That’s is definitely not boy but grown up man…and the way he is calmly and slowly walking away?

First reaction of someone who did it accidentally would be shock and apologetic gestures, don’t you think so, at least that would be my reaction?

Tennispompom Says:

Agree, looks very suspicious.

Apparently police were called in later, but the “fan” had already gone. That is really surprising that no one bothered to ask him his details before he left, with all the security there.

According to (, the bottle was a heavier type, stainless steel variety.
Looking at the video again, it almost looks as if the bottle is being aimed… but perhaps I’m imagining it.

Rucksacks often have elasticated pockets for water bottles. I’m guessing that an empty bottle would have stayed in its place. But one full of water would have been heavy enough to slide out of the elastic pocket.

And – as you say, the guy wasn’t holding anything for Novak to sign – so why was he leaning over so deeply in the first place?
These seem sensible questions to ask. The actions in the second video look contrived. But they might not be.

Perhaps more video footage will emerge.

Wog Boy Says:

I have to give credit to Americans for handling this kind of situations, the dude would be swamped immediately by security/police, taken away and “properly” integrated…

I still remember Monika Seles stabbing, do you know that dude that stabbed her didn’t spend one single day in prison, short time in mental institution and freed to walk the streets, if it was in America he would be still in jail, deserving so.

Wog Boy Says:

“Interrogated” not “integrated “

Tennispompom Says:

Some sites report that Novak was bleeding and had to have several stitches. In the meantime, here’s an extract from the BBC:

“”This is not being treated as a deliberate act, but as an accident,” said tournament organisers in statement reported by PA.

“A boy was calling out to get an autograph and the bottle fell out of his bag.

“Novak has undergone the necessary checks and has already left to return to his hotel. His condition is not a cause for concern.””

Good old Beeb – so predictable, such a reliable cherry-picker. LOL!

Hopefully Djokovic will be OK soon.

Bal Says:

Lot of poeple who would do anything to prevent the GOAT from achieving more

Giles Says:

Just goes to show how much the man is hated!

Tennispompom Says:

… and he takes it all in his stride!
Resilience and a sense of humour: there’s a nice pic (Sky news) of Djokovic wearing a cycling helmet to sign autographs at his practice session.

Now, how can you hate him for that Giles?

Zed Says:

TPP, Surely you realize by now that Giles mostly hates himself, everything else flows from that.

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