Novak Djokovic is off for a new controversy because of a drink. This time, it is not the content of the bottle received from his staff that is in question but the message probably written on the can.
A wound ? What injury? While he has had to deal with pain in his left thigh since the start of the tournament, Novak Djokovic proved irresistible on Monday during his round of 16 against local Alex de Minaur. After dropping a set against Frenchman Enzo Couacaud in the second round and then having to work against Grigor Dimitrov in the round of 16, the Serb this time delivered a real recital to win 6-2, 6-1, 6-2.
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The former world number one, in search of a tenth title at the Australian Open, is nonetheless at the heart of a new controversy. The fault of a bottle received at the end of the second round lost in the tie-break against Enzo Couacaud. To believe the DailyMail, his clan would have indeed sent him a can on which a message was written, which is similar to coaching, always formally prohibited during the meetings.
Novak Djokovic accused of breaking Australian Open Rules in viral video of another mysterious drink https://t.co/AZCzehHgn3
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And the sequence is all the more talked about as the Serb, who had experienced a soft spot in the second set after flying over the first set, ended the match in a cannonball to win the last two sets 6-2, 6-0.
Above all, this controversy comes when during the last Masters 1000 at Bercy, his staff had been filmed preparing a drink in the stands, making sure to hide their actions as much as possible when they realized that they were in the eye of a camera.