Mystery over Novak Djokovic’s bizarre drinking-bottle habit solved after star appeared to INHALE contents after checking with his support team during crucial clash at Wimbledon
- Wimbledon top seat Novak Djokovic caught on camera ‘breathing in’ from bottle
- Many tennis fans were amazed, a ‘source’ revealed that it is probably isotonic powder
- Taking the powder during matches would give players an energy lift
The mystery behind Novak Djokovic’s seemingly bizarre habit of using a drinking bottle during his Wimbledon matches seems to have been solved.
The men’s top tier, who plays local hope Cameron Norrie for a spot in the final, has been tongue-in-cheek on social media after he was caught on camera ‘inhaling’ the contents of a bottle during a change of ends.
During his round of 16 win over Tim van Rijthoven, the Serb appeared to check with his support crew who sat on the side of the court before inhaling the contents rather than drinking them.
According to The Telegraph, the Serbian star, 35, is one of many professional players who choose to digest unmixed energy drinks or isotonic powder during matches.
“You wouldn’t really benefit from doing it halfway through the game, but I’m sure this is isotonic,” a source told the publication.
Many players have started eating powder, even pre-workout isotonic powder.
The seemingly bizarre habit of Novak Djokovic with a bottle during his Wimbledon matches seems to have been solved (pictured, in his quarter-final win over Italian Jannik Sinner)
“They started eating it without water. It’s mostly pre-workout stuff because it gives them a buzz.
‘I can imagine that it is disgusting in the throat. It’s weird, but it’s what they do.’
Some cynics accused the famed 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 who choose to digest neat energy drinks or isotonic powder during matches (pictured)
Djokovic is now two wins away from a drought-breaking 21st grand slam title.
His 20th major came at Wimbledon last year.
As he is unlikely to grace the US Open courts due to his continued vaccination stance, the All England Club looms this year as the last venue where Djokovic could possibly match Rafael Nadal’s 21 grand slam tally in his career.
World No.4 Nadal will face polarizing Aussie Nick Kyrgios for a Wimbledon decider spot in the other semi-final on Friday night (AEST).