In his pursuit of greatness, it has been effectively documented that Novak Djokovic has left no stone unturned.
From altering his weight loss plan to incorporating meditation into his coaching, the Serb is consistently looking for that additional edge to enhance his probabilities on the tennis courtroom.
His newest efforts, nevertheless, have drawn criticism.
In a video posted on social media, Djokovic’s physio Ulises Badio is seen getting ready a drink within the stands throughout Saturday’s semifinal win over Stefanos Tsitsipas on the Paris Masters.
Badio is then shielded by two different males as he finishes getting ready the drink, earlier than handing it to a ball woman to move onto Djokovic.
The incident has been described as trying “amazingly dodgy” and “bizarre” by two journalists on Twitter.
Nonetheless, Djokovic’s spouse Jelena has launched a vigorous protection of the 21-time grand slam champion on social media.
“I don’t see anything dodgy,” Jelena Djokovic wrote in a single reply. “In reality, I see folks making an attempt to be non-public about their enterprise in a world the place everybody seems like they’ve each proper to level a digital camera at you each time they need.
“Apparently, wanting/trying to be private makes you dodgy nowadays.”
In a single Twitter interplay, a consumer advised Djokovic rent a PR company to assist keep away from these kinds of backlash, an thought which was given quick shrift from the tennis star’s spouse.
“He will talk when he is ready to talk,” Jelena replied. “This complete nonsense about making folks talk about one thing they aren’t prepared as a result of OTHERS are unpatient (sic) is absurd.
“Sit a bit in silence. Mind yourself more. Not everything you see is controversial. It could be private. Is that allowed?”
Djokovic was finally defeated by unseeded Danish teenager Holger Rune 3-6 6-3 7-5 within the closing of the Paris Masters.
It’s not the primary time Djokovic has drawn curiosity over a drinks bottle.
Throughout his victorious Wimbledon run earlier this yr, Djokovic was seen inhaling from a drinks bottle. When questioned about it within the post-match press convention, the world No. 8 laughed it off and stated it was a “magic potion.”
“It’s going to come out as one of the supplement, let’s say, lines that I’m doing right now with drink and a few other things,” he stated.
“You’ll try it and you’ll let me know how it feels. You might win Wimbledon.”
With January’s Australian Open quick approaching, it stays unclear whether or not Djokovic, who’s unvaccinated towards Covid-19, will be capable of compete.
He’s at present banned from re-entering the nation till 2025 after being deported earlier than the beginning of the match earlier this yr.
Final month, Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley stated he wouldn’t attempt to persuade the Australian authorities to permit Djokovic to compete within the match.
“At this point, Novak and the federal government need to work out the situation and then we’ll follow any instruction after that,” Tiley informed reporters.
“It’s not a matter we are able to foyer on. It’s a matter that positively stays between the 2 of them after which relying on the end result of that we’d welcome him to the Australian Open.
“(Djokovic) stated that he’d clearly love to return again to Australia, however he is aware of it’s going to be an final choice for the federal authorities.
“He’s accepted that position. It’s a private matter between them but we’d like to welcome Novak back – he’s a nine-time champion – provided he gets the right entry requirements into Australia.”