Novak Djokovic’s wife insists there is nothing “elusive” about tennis star Paris Masters’ drink

Novak Djokovic’s wife, Jelena, insisted there was nothing “deceptive” in a secret drink prepared for the tennis star at the Paris Masters last week.

During Djokovic’s semi-final win over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Saturday, Serbian doctor Ulysses Badiou was seen mixing a drink in the stands using unknown ingredients.

Another member of Djokovic’s team moved to prevent the camera from seeing what Badiou was doing.

Badiou then signaled to a ball girl to take the mysterious drink to Djokovic as he rested between matches.

The incident raised questions about the contents of the drink and why Djokovic’s team tried to hide it, including from veteran tennis writer Ben Rothenberg, who called it “weird”.

On Tuesday, Jelena wrote on Twitter: “I don’t see anything deceptive.

“I see people trying to be private about their business in a world where everyone feels entitled to point the camera at you whenever they want. Apparently wanting/trying to be private makes you elusive nowadays.”

Djokovic himself has not yet commented on the incident.

“He will speak when he is ready to speak,” Jelena added. “Sit a little in silence. Pay more attention to yourself. Not everything you see is controversial. It can be private. Is that allowed?”

Novak Djokovic's wife insists there is nothing "elusive" about tennis star Paris Masters' drink
Novak and Jelena together at a basketball game in Turkey. 
Getty/Elif Ozturk Ozgoncu

This isn’t the first time Djokovic has dropped himself in hot water regarding the contents of a beverage bottle.

At this year’s Wimbledon, Djokovic appeared to inhale sharply from a water bottle during his quarter-final win over Yannick Sener.

Later asked about the contents of the bottle, the 22-time Grand Slam champion refused to go into details and called the drink a “magic potion”.

“You said you’ll find out soon, but not soon,” Djokovic said.

“It’s going to show up as one of the supplements, let’s say, [product] lines that I do now with drinks and some other things, sports drinks.”

He joked with a reporter, “You’ll try it, and you’ll let me know how you feel. You might win Wimbledon.”


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