Patrick McEnroe supports Novak Djokovic on the drink-issue

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Patrick McEnroe supports Novak Djokovic on the drink-issue

In the latest edition of the Holding Court podcast, Patrick McEnroe quelled any controversy about Novak Djokovic's drink issue in Paris-Bercy. McEnroe explained: "Professional players are tested all the time and can't take banned substances without getting caught.

The case of Simona Halep is very recent, which tested positive. If there was anything illegal in the drink that Novak Djokovic was taking, it would be 100% positive. " Former ATP physiotherapist Antoine Miquel also defended Nole: "We physiotherapists have all prepared recovery drinks during the matches.

Obviously, these are products authorized by the anti-doping agency and selected with the consent of the doctors. That's why I don't understand the controversy regarding Nole and his physio Ulises. Maybe they wanted to hide the brand of the product from the cameras, because maybe it is not one of Novak's sponsors.

I don't find anything strange about it."

What happened

After the semi-final of the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy against Tsitsipas, a video of Djokovic's physiotherapist, Ulises Badio, has gone viral preparing a secret drink for the Serbian.

Novak Djokovic wants to end a rather troubled season with a flourish. Due to his choice not to get vaccinated against Coronavirus, the Serbian phenomenon had to give up the Australian Open and the US Open, two tournaments in which he would have been the main favorite for the win.

The former world number 1 also missed the American Masters 1000, as well as suffering serious damage to his image. Despite the many difficulties, the 35-year-old from Belgrade did not give up and revived his season by triumphing for the seventh time at Wimbledon.

Nole has thus equaled his idol Pete Sampras and hoisted himself to 21 Grand Slams, just one distance away from Rafael Nadal in the all-time ranking. Djokovic also won the International BNL of Italy, the ATP 250 of Tel Aviv and the ATP 500 of Astana, taking off the pass for the ATP Finals of Turin.

The 21-time Slam champion has been included in an iron group together with Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev.