In an interview with RMC Sport, Antoine Miquel, who worked as an ATP physiotherapist for three years, expressed his opinion on Novak Djokovic's drik issu at the Paris Rolex Masters 2022. He explained: "We physiotherapists have all prepared recovery drinks during the games.
It is the physio who have this kind of responsibility. Obviously, these are products authorized by the anti-doping agency and selected with the consent of the doctors. That's why I don't understand the controversy regarding Nole and his physio Ulises.
If we look carefully at the video, we realize that Ulises starts preparing the drink at Djokovic's request. Maybe Ulises wanted to hide the brand of the product from the cameras, because maybe he is not one of Novak's sponsors."
Djokovic's drik issue in Bercy
Djokovic will be one of the protagonists of the ATP Finals in Turin.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion hopes to break a fast that has lasted since 2015. Djokovic revived his 2022 by winning Wimbledon, the BNL Internationals of Italy, the ATP 250 of Tel Aviv and the ATP 500 of Astana. The season of the Serbian phenomenon was conditioned by his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, which forced him to miss two majors (Australian Open and US Open).
In addition to having suffered serious damage to his image, the former world number 1 also had to give up all the American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati). After the disappointment he suffered at Roland Garros, the 35-year-old from Belgrade redeemed himself by triumphing at Wimbledon for the fourth time in a row.
Nole has thus equaled his idol Pete Sampras with seven wins at Church Road, as well as being only one distance behind Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings. Djokovic failed to seize his seventh title at Paris-Bercy last week, having been defeated by an unleashed Holger Rune in the final.
As if that were not enough, the video of Djokovic's physiotherapist Ulises Badio, who prepares a secret drink for the Serbian during the semifinal against Stefanos Tsitsipas, has gone viral on social media.