Official explains Djokovic bottle mystery
Novak Djokovic’s somewhat bizarre habits with his water bottle have sparked the curiosity of Wimbledon fans after he was seen in “inhaling” rather than drinking.
During his round of 16 win over Dutchman Tim van Rijthoven, the Serbian star was seen gesturing with his bottle towards his coach’s box, before knocking it over and squeezing it in his mouth.
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Observers on social media noticed pretty quickly that not everything in the bottle appeared to be water, raising questions as to what it might be.
A similar situation occurred at the Australian Open in 2020, with Djokovic jokingly dismissing questions about it at the time by saying his bottle contained a ‘magic potion’ brewed by his physio.
The continued interest prompted an anonymous source within the All-England club to tell The telegraph there were no doping concerns, and that Djokovic was one of many players to ingest dry, isotonic pre-training powder mid-match.
It’s a trend that seems to have become more popular among gamers, but the source was unconvinced of its effectiveness.
“You wouldn’t get any advantage doing it mid-game, but I’m sure it’s isotonic,” the source said.
“A lot of players started eating powder, even isotonic powder before training. They started eating it without water.
“It’s mostly pre-workout stuff because it gives them a buzz. I imagine it’s gross in the throat. It’s weird, but that’s what they do.”
Djokovic prevailed in an epic five-set quarter-final against Jannik Sinner to book his place in the semis, where he will face rising British star Cam Norrie.
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The 35-year-old was able to close out the fourth set and even lift his game in the fifth to advance with a 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory in three hours and 35 minutes Tuesday.
The win was his 26th in a row at Wimbledon and 84th overall – tying Jimmy Connors for second in men’s singles at SW19, behind only Roger Federer’s 105.
Djokovic was praised for his sportsmanship when, in the third set, Sinner collapsed on his ankle as he chased a ball to the net.
Grimacing in pain on the court, Sinner was eventually helped to his feet by Djokovic, who won over many fans by checking on his Italian opponent despite having just two sets to love at the time.
The duo were greeted with a round of warm applause.
The world No. 3 has been praised for showing his sportsmanship, despite falling behind the Italian on the scoreboard.
Djokovic is now two wins away from a drought-breaking 21st Grand Slam title.
His 20th came at Wimbledon last year.
He then squandered a two-set lead in the US Open final against Daniil Medvedev, was expelled from Australia on the eve of the 2022 Australian Open, then lost to Rafael Nadal in the Roland-Garros quarter-finals.
However, Djokovic said he was more determined this year to bring home the SW19 crowd after acknowledging that as things stand he was unlikely to attend the US Open due to border restrictions. imposed on those who are not vaccinated.
Ninth seed Norrie sent the fans into a frenzy with an emotionally charged 3-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over Belgium’s David Goffin in the second quarter Tuesday’s final.
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