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Novak Djokovic wears cycle helmet to sign autographs after water bottle incident

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Published Time: 11.05.2024 - 19:40:16 Modified Time: 11.05.2024 - 19:40:16

Also at the Italian Open Rafael Nadal suffers his heaviest ever defeat on clay, raising doubts about his French Open Sky Sports Novak Djokovic showed off his humorous side on Saturday as he returned to the Foro Italico and signed autographs while wearing a bicycle helmet over his trademark tennis cap

Also at the Italian Open Rafael Nadal suffers his heaviest ever defeat on clay, raising doubts about his French Open

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Novak Djokovic showed off his humorous side on Saturday as he returned to the Foro Italico and signed autographs while wearing a bicycle helmet over his trademark tennis cap.

The gesture was a reference to the unfortunate incident from Friday evening, in which a metal water bottle fell from the rucksack of an autograph-hunter and landed on Djokovic’s head.

Djokovic underwent medical checks on site after the unexpected blow, which took him completely by surprise and left him in a foetal position on the ground for about 30 seconds.

He must have feared for his safety for an instant, but videos showed that the bottle had fallen by accident as the fan leaned over the railing without closing the top of his bag.

Djokovic is not scheduled to play his second-round match against Alejandro Tabilo until Sunday, but he was back on site again on Saturday for practice. He told reporters that he feels fine, and wore a broad grin as he performed his usual autograph-signings underneath that bicycle helmet.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal said that he is still weighing up whether to play at Roland Garros after suffering a comprehensive 6-1, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Polish No1 Hubert Hurkacz.

Hurkacz is not a man you want to play in the twilight of your career. He is also known for having handed Roger Federer a 6-0 “bagel” at Wimbledon in what proved to be Federer’s final professional match.

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Nadal received a passionate farewell from the Italian fans, who gathered under the overhead bridge leading away from Rome’s Campo Centrale and chanted his name. By the time he reached the interview room, however, he sounded thoroughly deflated by his heaviest defeat on clay in 21 years.

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