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Savannah Guthrie details how she accidentally hit HERSELF while playing pickleball

‘The embarrassment hurt more than the injury’: Savannah Guthrie details how she accidentally hit HERSELF while playing pickleball – and ended up with an ‘astonishing lump’ on her head

  • Guthrie, 50, shared the story on the Today show Thursday while speaking with physical therapist David Endres about how to avoid pickleball injuries
  • The sport combines elements of tennis, badminton, ping-pong, and squash 
  • Guthrie asked Endres if he has ‘ever seen anybody who’s hit their own head with a pickleball racket’ before pulling up a photo of her injury 
  • The Today co-anchor has a large red welt above her eyebrow in the image, which was taken shortly after she hit herself in the head
  • Guthrie explained that she was playing last May when she bashed herself with her paddle while trying to hit the ball 
  • She didn’t have ice on hand, so she used a cold bottle of rosé to treat the swelling

Savannah Guthrie has opened up about how she accidentally hit herself with a pickleball paddle and had to use an empty bottle of rosé to treat the ‘astonishing lump’ that formed on her forehead. 

The Today host, 50, shared the story on Thursday’s show while she and her co-stars spoke with physical therapist David Endres about how to avoid common pickleball injuries.

The popular sport combines elements of tennis, badminton, ping-pong, and squash, and Guthrie admitted that she ended up with an ’embarrassing self-inflicted wound’ when she was playing last May. 

‘Have you ever seen anybody who’s hit their own head with a pickleball racket? Well, now you have,’ she said as a photo of her injury popped up on the screen. ‘That was me.’ 

Savannah Guthrie revealed on the Today show Thursday that she hit her head with a pickleball paddle while playing the popular sport last May, saying she had an ‘astonishing lump’ 

The Today co-anchor didn't have ice on hand, so she had to use an empty bottle of Hampton Water Rosé to treat the swelling, which was immediate

The Today co-anchor didn’t have ice on hand, so she had to use an empty bottle of Hampton Water Rosé to treat the swelling, which was immediate 

Guthrie has a large red welt above her eyebrow in the image, which was taken shortly after she hit herself in the head.  

‘Isn’t that horrendous?’ she asked. 

The journalist didn’t have any ice on hand, so she had to think out of the box when it came to treating the swelling.  

‘What I did was just put a nice bottle of Hampton Water Rosé right on it and that really brought the swelling right down,’ she explained as a second picture showed up on the screen. 

Guthrie shared the story while she and her co-stars were speaking with physical therapist David Endres (far right) about how to avoid pickleball injuries

Guthrie shared the story while she and her co-stars were speaking with physical therapist David Endres (far right) about how to avoid pickleball injuries

'It could happen. You get excited and then you’re like "boom" on your own head,' she explained

‘It could happen. You get excited and then you’re like “boom” on your own head,’ she explained

Guthrie insisted that hitting yourself with a racket can easily happen during an intense match. 

‘It could happen. You get excited and then you’re like “boom” on your own head,’ she explained while mimicking hitting herself. 

Guthrie’s co-anchor Hoda Kotb nodded in agreement, but Craig Melvin didn’t seem convinced that this is a common injury. 

‘I’ve never heard of that happening until now,’ he said with a smile. 

Guthrie shared exactly what happened with Today Digital, saying she hit herself in the head in the heat of the moment. 

It's unclear if Guthrie has played pickleball since, but she has been having a great summer with her husband, Mike Feldman, and their two children, Vale, seven, and Charlie, five

It’s unclear if Guthrie has played pickleball since, but she has been having a great summer with her husband, Mike Feldman, and their two children, Vale, seven, and Charlie, five

On Wednesday, she took to Instagram to share photos of herself outside with her kids

On Wednesday, she took to Instagram to share photos of herself outside with her kids

'Happiness is … summer nights,' she captioned the sweet post

‘Happiness is … summer nights,’ she captioned the sweet post 

‘My opponent hit the pickleball right toward me and when I tried to hit it back, I whipped the racket up toward my own forehead with such force, I whacked myself on the head,’ she explained. ‘The lump appeared immediately and [was] humungous. It was an astonishing lump!’

She admitted that the ’embarrassment hurt more than the injury.’ 

‘Moral of the story: have rosé handy if you play pickleball,’ she said. ‘Or maybe the moral of the story is don’t play pickleball while drinking rosé!’

It’s unclear if Guthrie has played pickleball since, but she has been having a great summer with her husband, Mike Feldman, and their two children, Vale, seven, and Charlie, five. 

On Wednesday, she took to Instagram to share photos of herself outside with her kids, captioning the post: ‘Happiness is … summer nights.’

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