Novak Djokovic experienced a very troubled 2022, thanks to his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The Serbian champion had to give up the Australian Open and the US Open, as well as suffering serious damage to his image. For the same reason, the former world number 1 has missed all the American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati). After the disappointment he suffered at Roland Garros, the 35-year-old from Belgrade redeemed himself by triumphing at Wimbledon for the fourth time in a row. In addition to having equaled his idol Pete Sampras with seven wins at Church Road, Nole has moved only one distance behind Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings. The ‘Djoker’ also won the Masters 1000 in Rome, the ATP 250 in Tel Aviv and the ATP 500 in Astana, detaching the pass for the ATP Finals in Turin. Novak failed to seize his seventh title in Paris-Bercy, having been defeated in the final by an unleashed Holger Rune. In a recent interview with the Serbian TV channel ‘K1’, Djokovic’s father – Srdjan – said he did not like the treatment received by Novak this year.
Nole is ready for the ATP Finals
“It’s a puzzle to me how they didn’t let Novak Djokovic play in Melbourne and New York, but they let him play in London. I do not know. Novak probably showed them that he was the best at Wimbledon, so they stopped him from going to New York,” Nole’s dad said, visibly very angry. Antoine Miquel, an ATP physio-osteo, has stated that he didn’t understand the controversy around the mystery drink sipped by Novak Djokovic. “Of course we have all prepared recovery drinks or effort drinks during matches. As a physio we often have the responsibility. And of course with authorized and stamped anti-doping products chosen with the agreement of the doctors. That’s why I don’t understand the controversy with Nole and Ulises, his physio,” he said. “If we watch the video, Ulises does not hide obviously but it is the coach who asks to hide Ulises preparing the drink in an emergency, probably at the direct request of Nole by a small gesture or an expression. Honestly there is nothing to hide part may be the brand of the product which may not be part of its contracts,” he added. According to a primer on proprietary blends from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the ratios and quantities of ingredients in a proprietary blend are “considered a trade secret like a special recipe.”