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'Today under high stress, it was quite bad' - Novak Djokovic set to undergo multiple tests following water bottle injury

Published at :May 14, 2024 at 7:35 AM
Modified at :May 14, 2024 at 7:35 AM
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Shashank Tripathi

Novak Djokovic won’t feature in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open for the first time since 2006.

After being eliminated in the third round of the Italian Open, Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic stated that he would go through extra medical tests after being hit by a bottle.

On Friday, while the Serb was signing autographs after his win over Corentin Moutet, a metal water bottle fell on his head from a fan’s backpack. After some initial complaints of blood and nausea, Djokovic took to X (formerly Twitter) and stated that he was feeling fine and that what happened was an accident.

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

On Sunday, he came to practice wearing a cycling helmet, and he also signed autographs and t-shirts. However, the match turned out to be a nightmare for the Serb, as he lost 6-2, 6-3 against Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo in the round of 32.

During the post-match press conference, Novak Djokovic stated that the water bottle hit was an unexpected shock for him. He also revealed that he didn’t feel normal while playing against Alejandro Tabilo, as he had no balance or rhyme.

He said, “It was unexpected obviously. I wasn’t even looking up. Then I felt a very strong hit in the head. That has really impacted me a lot. After that I got the medical care. Been through half an hour, an hour of nausea, dizziness, blood, a lot of different things. I managed to sleep OK. I had headaches.”

Novak Djokovic added, “I didn’t feel anything, but I also didn’t feel the same. Today under high stress, it was quite bad – not in terms of pain, but in terms of this balance. Just no coordination. Completely different player from what it was two nights ago. Could be. I don’t know. I have to do medical checkups and see what’s going on.”

At the 2024 French Open, Novak Djokovic will have to defend his 2000 ATP Ranking points, and if he fails to reach the semifinals of the competition, he will lose his top ranking to Jannik Sinner.

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