Millions of people watched this video of Novak Djokovic’s support team cooking something during his semifinal win over Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Paris Masters last week, and many came to unsavory conclusions about how a water bottle should be treated as a dead, squeamish drop. .
The video could be an example of a harmless activity conducted in an extremely superficial manner. Many tennis players drink electrolyte mixes while they play, sometimes colored, sometimes unbranded, and sometimes prepared by support staff in the middle of a match. Andre Agassi is best known as “Jill Water,” created by his forward-thinking coach Gil Reyes. Here’s how Agassi described it in his 2009 memoir, to open:
It’s time to make jill water. I sweat a lot, more than most guys, so I need to start hydrating several hours before a game. I’ve been downing liters of magic elixirs invented for me by Jill, my coach for the past seventeen years. Gil Water is a blend of carbohydrates, electrolytes, salt, vitamins, and a few other ingredients, Gil keeps a closely guarded secret. (He’s been messing around with his recipe for two decades.) He usually starts force-feeding Gil Water on me the night before a match, and goes on to force me to match the time. Then I sip as the match approaches. At different stages I sip on different versions, each in a different colour. Pink for energy, red for refreshment, and brown for renewal.
Some players divulge their nutritional secrets, hoping to maintain any competitive edge. Others will openly cling Maple syrup out of the bottle. You see it all.
So maybe Djokovic’s physiotherapist, Ulysses BadiouHe mixes an electrolyte drink in this video. I can’t say why Badiou would do this almost at ankle level. Maybe he, like his client, is always working on his flexibility and just wants a deep hip joint. A man in a green jacket lifts items to Badio between the rows of seats. Then paranoia sets in. Djokovic’s coach, Goran Ivanisevic, suspects their activities are being filmed, and organizes surrounding bodies to obstruct their line of sight. A conversation is staged, shoulders are set, and the home brewing process continues. The bottle is then handed to the ball girl who passes it to Djokovic, resting during the changeup.
At Wimbledon this year, it was Djokovic I saw you consume something From a white water bottle. It didn’t look like a liquid, based on what he did with his mouth to eat it. In the press that week, he was asked about the bottle and its contents. “magic drink,” said Djokovic. “That’s all I can say. Help. You’ll find out soon, but I can’t talk about that right now.”
After winning the final over Nick Kyrgios, Djokovic was asked again about the magic potion, and suggested it was a trade secret that might be up for sale one day. “It will come up as one of the complements to, let’s say, the lines that I’m doing right now with drinks and some other things, sports drinks, etc. It’ll come out in there,” He said. “You’ll try it and tell me how you feel. You might win Wimbledon.”
Djokovic hasn’t been asked directly about the bottle in Paris yet, but on Tuesday, his wife, Jelena, did He answered directly on Twitter video. “I don’t see anything evasive. In fact, I see people trying to be private about their business in a world where everyone feels they have every right to point the camera at you whenever they want.” “Apparently, wanting/trying to be special makes you evasive nowadays.”
A Djokovic fan apparently had some PR advice for the camp. Yelena didn’t appreciate it: