Novak Djokovic leaves Wimbledon fans puzzled after inhaling from water bottle

Novak Djokovic has left tennis fans puzzled after appearing to inhale from his water bottle at Wimbledon.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion came from one set down to beat British star Cameron Norrie in four sets on Friday to set up a final meeting with Nick Kyrgios on Sunday. However, fans have been left confused after Djokovic seemed to inhale from his water bottle for the third match in a row.

The world number three refused to elaborate on the contents of the bottle when asked after his win over Norrie, responding when asked: “Magic potion, that is all I can say.”

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He later teased that he would be able to reveal the contents soon, adding: “You'll find out soon, but I can't speak about it now. You'll find out soon.”

Fans remain perplexed by Djokovic's strange water bottle habit, though, with one tweeting: “I would very much like to know what was in this bottle. It certainly wasn’t liquid, and he gestured to his coach before inhaling it. Very odd.”

Djokovic similarly inhaled from his bottle during his quarter-final win over Jannik Sinner, as well as in his last 16 tie against Tim van Rijthoven.

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During the clash with Sinner, Djokovic was seen gesturing towards his coaching delegation before inhaling from his bottle, rather than drinking from it.

According to The Telegraph, Djokovic is one of several players at this year's tournament taking unmixed energy supplements, known as isotonic powder, during matches. The supplements are easily digestible and help to keep the user's energy levels high.

A source is quoted explaining: “You wouldn't really get any benefit from doing it mid-match, but I'm sure this is isotonic. A lot of players have started eating powder, even pre-workout isotonic powder.

"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.”

Djokovic will attempt to win a seventh Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam overall against Kyrgios on Sunday, moving ahead of Roger Federer into second in the list of all-time Grand Slam titles.


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