Mystery over Novak Djokovic’s bizarre habit with drink bottle after star appeared to INHALE the contents after checking with his support crew during crucial clash at Wimbledon
- Wimbledon top seed Novak Djokovic caught on camera ‘inhaling’ from a bottle
- Many tennis fans were puzzled, a ‘source’ revealed it is likely isotonic powder
- Ingesting the powder during matches is said to give players an energy lift
The mystery behind Novak Djokovic’s seemingly bizarre habit involving a drink bottle during his Wimbledon matches appears to have been solved.
The men’s top seed, who plays local hope Cameron Norrie for a spot in the final, has set tongues wagging on social media after he was caught on camera ‘inhaling’ contents from a bottle during a change of ends.
The Serb appeared to check with his support crew sitting courtside during his round of 16 win over Tim van Rijthoven before breathing in the contents rather than drinking them.
According to The Telegraph, the Serbian star, 35, is one of many professional players opting to digest unmixed energy drinks or isotonic powder during matches.
‘You wouldn’t really get any benefit from doing it mid-match, but I’m sure this is isotonic,’ a source told the publication.
‘A lot of players have started eating powder, even pre-workout isotonic powder.
Novak Djokovic’s seemingly bizarre habit involving a bottle during his Wimbledon matches appears to have been solved (pictured, in his quarter-final win over Italian Jannik Sinner)
‘They’ve started eating it without water. It’s mainly pre-workout stuff because it gives them a buzz.
‘I imagine it’s disgusting in the throat. It’s weird, but it is what they are doing.’
Some cynics accused the renowned anti-vaxxer of doping, which was quickly panned by Wimbledon officials.
An unnamed source said the Serbian star, 35, is one of many professional players opting to digest unmixed energy drinks or isotonic powder during matches (pictured)
Djokovic now stands two wins away from a drought-breaking 21st grand slam title.
His 20th major came at Wimbledon last year.
Given it is unlikely he will grace the courts at the US Open due to his ongoing vaccination stance, the All England Club looms as the final venue this year where Djokovic can potentially equal Rafael Nadal’s tally of 21 career grand slams.
World No.4 Nadal takes on polarising Aussie Nick Kyrgios for a spot in the Wimbledon decider in the other semi-final on Friday night (AEST).