World number one Novak Djokovic is in the spotlight for his actions during a recent Wimbledon match when he appeared to inhale the contents of a water bottle.
Rather than just drinking from the bottle, Djokovic appears to be rather uncomfortably inhaling the contents of the bottle during a break in the action of his quarter-final bout with Jannik Sinner.
Before doing so, Djokovic mimes in front of his support team, repeatedly gesturing towards the bottle.
Although it’s unclear what’s in the bottle, Djokovic is believed to be one of many players to take unmixed energy supplements and isotonic powders during his matches.
“You wouldn’t get any advantage doing it mid-game, but I’m sure it’s isotonic,” a source told The Telegraph. “…It’s mostly pre-workout stuff because it gives them a buzz. I imagine it is disgusting in the throat. It’s weird, but that’s what they do.
Perhaps backed by the secret content, 35-year-old Djokovic fought back against Sinner, winning the final three sets after losing the first two to win the match.
Djokovic undergoes similar scrutiny at the Australian Open two years ago, when he swallowed the contents of a bottle of water in a comparable manner; the last time, however, he used a straw.
Asked about it at the time, Djokovic said: “The liquids were magic potions that my physio prepares in the lab. That’s all I can say.”
New York Post