Connect with us

World

Novak Djokovic accused of breaking Australian Open Rules in viral video of another mysterious drink

News Agencies

Published

on

Serbian tennis champion Novak Djokovic’s brave run to the Australian Open finals with an injured leg has been tempered by fresh accusations he could have broken tournament rules.

Footage has emerged of the Serb star receiving the mystery drink during his come-from-behind victory over French player Enzo Couacaud in round two of the Aussie Open.

It came during a match where he surrendered the second set and needed a medical timeout for his troublesome hamstring before going on to victory.

Advertisement

His team are seen putting a label on the water bottle before giving it to a tournament official to hand to Djokovic on court.

The former world No.1 carefully read what was written on the label when he received the bottle. 

The footage has raised concerns that Djokovic and his team could have broken rules governing when and where players can be coached during the Open.

Advertisement

Stars are allowed to communicate verbally with their team only when they’re on the same side of the court. If they’re on opposite sides, signals must be used – which was the case when the footage of Djokovic was taken.

It is the third time in six months that the 21-time grand slam winner has courted controversy with his choice of drink at a tennis tournament. 

The incident comes after Djokovic suffered a shock defeat to Danish teenager Holger Rune in the Paris Masters in November, after which a video of his physiotherapist mixing him a drink dominated headlines.

Advertisement

The physio was caught on camera mixing a mystery drink in the stands before handing it to a ball girl to pass along to the Serbian champion. Another member of Djokovic’s team used his back to try and obscure vision of what was going on.

A member of Djokovic's team gives the bottle with the freshly attached label to a tournament official to hand to him during play in round two of the Australian Open

A member of Djokovic’s team gives the bottle with the freshly attached label to a tournament official to hand to him during play in round two of the Australian Open

Djokovic took the time to carefully read the label that was on the bottle, with some suggesting it contained coaching notes from his team

Djokovic took the time to carefully read the label that was on the bottle, with some suggesting it contained coaching notes from his team

Prior to that, the 21-time grand slam champion attracted attention for appearing to inhale a substance from a water bottle at the Wimbledon Championships.

When asked what was in the drink bottles, Djokovic would only reply: ‘magic potion’.

Advertisement

Many fans were quick to attack the star player for his repeated use of mystery drinks.

‘There is always some conspiracy when it’s about Djokovic,’ one replied to the video. 

‘He does this all the time and seems to run like the road runner cartoon afterwards,’ added another.

Advertisement

Other tennis fans thought the liquid itself wasn’t a problem, but the note that was attached to the bottle could be.

‘Coaching notes perhaps?’ one fan suggested.

Advertisement

Others said it could be a sponsorship-related issue.

‘A product made by a company that doesn’t sponsor him so they’re covering up the label,’ one fan said.

Others have been quick to defend Djokovic of anything untoward, saying nobody would be brazen enough to consume a banned substance in plain sight. 

Advertisement

‘Too much attention on a team member mixing sports drinks,’ one fan wrote.

‘A proper ridiculous notion that something is up, stadium full, cameras everywhere, drinks mixed in players box … I mean use a little logic here, maybe just maybe they don’t want to give the edge to anyone.

Fan holds up a banner in support of Serbia's Novak Djokovic during his third round match against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov

Fan holds up a banner in support of Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during his third round match against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov

Djokovic has been secretive about his bottles of 'magic potion' in the past and has been questioned about the use of mystery liquids three times in six months

Djokovic has been secretive about his bottles of ‘magic potion’ in the past and has been questioned about the use of mystery liquids three times in six months

‘To add to that, inside a locker room you see a players team always making drinks, in unmarked bottles and put in the fridge. Training programs, supplement intake etc is trade secret.’

Advertisement

Another tennis fan pointed out that Djokovic had already been cleared at Wimbledon for drinking a ‘mysterious’ beverage that turned out to be isotonic.

‘I hope you all had Wimbledon’s statement under eyes so you can relax. It’s isotonic, very popular amongst athletes,’ they posted. 

‘It’s in powder form and can be mixed with water or taken dry and water afterwards. 

Advertisement
Australian Alex de Minaur is the last local left in the singles and has a big assignment ahead of him in Djokovic

Australian Alex de Minaur is the last local left in the singles and has a big assignment ahead of him in Djokovic

‘Hard to believe people are that stupid to think any athlete would take a banned substance where thousands of spectators and cameras can see you. They are tested regularly before and after matches and even when not playing.’ 

Another fan posted: ‘Every athlete has sports, vitamin enriched and electrolyte drinks with the purpose for athletes to replenish glucose, fluids and electrolytes that are lost during strenuous activity.’

The news is provided by Daily Mail © 2022 Daily Mails, published & Edited by EMEA Tribune210520-twitter-verified-cs-70cdee.jpg (1500×750)

Advertisement
Continue Reading
Advertisement

Advertisement

Breaking News

Editor Pick’s

Latest Entertainment

Entertainment9 hours ago

Simu Liu, Lisa Ling, and more celebrities condemn Lunar New Year mass shooting in California

SOUL OF A NATION – 5/27/22 – ABC News groundbreaking Soul of a Nation returns with a special presentation, Together...

Entertainment10 hours ago

Travis Barker Debuts New Tattoo That Appears to Be of Kourtney Kardashian’s Eyes: ‘Oh Hey There’

https://www.instagram.com/p/CnsbbEOvgzQ/. Travis Barker/Instagram Travis Barker/Instagram Kourtney Kardashian is keeping her eyes on Travis Barker…forever. The Blink-182 drummer, 47, revealed a...

Entertainment10 hours ago

Pamela Anderson says Tommy Lee ‘lost it’ after she filmed kiss with ‘Baywatch’ co-star David Chokachi

Pamela Anderson is looking back on the havoc her relationship with then-husband Tommy Lee caused on the set of Baywatch....

Entertainment11 hours ago

Riley Keough, Lisa Marie Presley’s daughter, welcomed a daughter last year

Riley Keough welcomed a baby girl in 2022. (Photo: REUTERS/David Swanson) Riley Keough and her husband Ben Smith-Petersen welcomed a...

Entertainment13 hours ago

Anne Hathaway wanted to make Eileen as a reaction to a creepy question she got as a teenager

Anne Hathaway Director William Oldroyd’s Eileen just premiered last night at the Sundance Film Festival, and Anne Hathaway—who leads the film...

Entertainment13 hours ago

Lisa Marie Presley celebrated by Sarah Ferguson, Axl Rose, Austin Butler and more at Graceland memorial

Billy Corgan performs at the memorial service for Lisa Marie Presley at her Graceland memorial service on Sunday morning. (Photo:...

Entertainment13 hours ago

‘Avatar’ marks 6 straight weeks at No. 1, crosses $2 Billion

NEW YORK (AP) — James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” led ticket sales in movie theaters for the sixth...

Entertainment14 hours ago

JoJo Siwa marks 2 years since she came out as gay: ‘I’m so proud of 17-year-old JoJo’

JoJo Siwa is marking two years since she came out. (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) JoJo Siwa is celebrating the second...

Advertisement

Latest Sports

Sports50 mins ago

Kyle Shanahan’s odd end-of-half strategy annoys fans, but helps 49ers win

Kyle Shanahan understands why fans were frustrated with his clock management to end the first half, but doubled down on...

Sports1 hour ago

Bettors kept taking the Chiefs, and Jaguars ruin all those bets with backdoor cover

Chiefs bettors were sick at the end of Saturday's game.

Sports2 hours ago

Justin Turner wanted to re-sign with Dodgers before the plan quickly changed

Justin Turner is excited to be part of the Boston Red Sox, but the former Dodgers third baseman always will...

Sports2 hours ago

Warriors’ Steve Kerr explains why it’s hard to play defense in NBA now

Warriors coach Steve Kerr explained the challenges of playing defense in the NBA right now.

Sports3 hours ago

An early look at the Eagles-49ers NFC Championship matchup

The Eagles and 49ers, the top two seeds in the NFC playoff bracket, will meet Sunday in Philadelphia for the...

Sports3 hours ago

There’s almost no separation in Super Bowl odds among NFL’s final 4 teams

Super Bowl odds show there isn't much separation between the final four teams.

Sports3 hours ago

Stefon Diggs makes quick exit from Bills locker room after playoff loss

Two years ago, after the Bills lost to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship, Buffalo receiver Stefon Diggs lingered on...

Sports4 hours ago

Aaron Rodgers trade could have ripple effect that impacts Bears’ offseason

The Bears won't be a suitor for Aaron Rodgers, but the Packers trading the star quarterback could have a ripple...

Technology Hot News

Technology4 days ago

Led by "Amazon" and "Microsoft" .. the technology giants are planning to lay off 64,000 employees

After 10 years of driving the stock market bull run, big tech companies are racing to downsize staff to adapt...

Technology5 days ago

Apple introduces MacBooks with new M2 processors

Yesterday, Tuesday, Apple unveiled MacBooks powered by the new, faster “M2 Pro” and “M2 Max” processor chips, in a surprise...

Technology5 days ago

All you need to know about the upcoming Galaxy S23 phones from Samsung

Samsung has officially announced that the (Galaxy Unpacked 2023) event will be held this year on Wednesday, February 1, which...

Technology5 days ago

FTX Exchange Announces Hacking and Stolen $415 Million in Cryptocurrency

Bankrupt American cryptocurrency firm FTX announced today, Wednesday, that $415 million in cryptocurrency has been hacked and stolen from the...

Technology5 days ago

Because of a "fraudulent tweet"… Elon Musk's trial begins

Elon Musk's trial began Tuesday in San Francisco with the selection of jury members who will have to decide whether...

Technology5 days ago

An electric spoon replaces salt and spices, but with conditions

Experts have developed an electric spoon that is able to replace spices and flavors and affect the taste buds in...

Technology1 week ago

The biggest dangers of using tracking devices.. so you can escape?

If you spot an unknown Bluetooth tagging device, there are ways to disable the device so it can't track your...

Technology1 week ago

New Twitter.. For You tab to web version

The Twitter platform announced that it will bring the new tab (For You), which launched last Tuesday for iPhones and...

Advertisement