Sports doctor and scientist Mark Kovacs doesn't think Novak Djokovic was doing anything illegal during his Paris Masters semi-final match against Stefanos Tsitsipas. In a video that has gone viral, a member of Djokovic's team was caught mixing a drink for the Serb.
When Djokovic's team realized he was being filmed, he tried to cover for the person mixing the drink. Dr. Kovacs, a physiologist and researcher who has a history of working with elite athletes, suggests that it was probably Djokovic's mix and that it was mixed in secret because the team didn't want to reveal what the product was.
"It's very normal," Kovacs told TENNIS magazine. "If a match goes long or that's their schedule, most players throughout the year do what Djokovic did several times. It's like racket strings. How many times does the ball boy get a racket in the middle of the game? "This sure seemed weird.
But they could have been trying to hide a product they don't endorse, or they just didn't want anyone to know what's in the drink. It could have been one of a thousand ingredients, but in Djokovic's mind is his secret weapon," Kovacs added.
Damian Reilly, the journalist who posted the viral video of Djokovic's drinking, said Djokovic's team was "surprisingly elusive in his actions. Jelena Djokovic, the wife of the 21-time Grand Slam champion, had a forceful response for Reilly.
"I don't see anything dubious. In fact, I see people trying to be private about their business in a world where everyone feels they have every right to point a camera at you whenever they want. Apparently wanting/trying to be private makes you dubious these days," Jelena Djokovic wrote in her response to Reilly.
Throughout his career, Djokovic has placed a lot of importance on the diet and nutrition aspect. That's one of the main reasons why, at 35, Djokovic looks as good as ever.
Djokovic is the favorite in Turin
Former tennis players Patrick McEnroe and Brad Gilbert expressed their views about Novak Djokovic's defeat in Bercy.
"Let’s be honest again.., If that match today was best of 5 sets… Novak Djokovic loses 1-3 games in final 2 sets," he said. Former World No. 4 and two-time Paris Masters finalist (1987, 1988) Brad Gilbert chimed in and also noted that the Paris Masters final used to be a five-setter until 2007. "100% and back in the day that was (best of five) final at Bercy," he recalled.