A penchant for yoga and meditation, mixed with a newfound love for toe separators and gum shields: the weird and wacky ways Novak Djokovic tries to find the edge in his bid to become the greatest tennis player of all time.
Novak Djokovic recently wore a gum shield to give him extra strength.He walks with a toe separator to help with balance and leg strength.
He’s known for finding weird and wacky ways to gain an edge over his opponents, but Novak Djokovic has struck fear into his rivals with his latest scent.
When they recently asked why he speaks with a lisp, the Serbian star revealed that he was wearing a gum shield that would give him extra strength. She was walking with toe separators—often worn by women when painting their toenails—supposedly helping with balance and leg strength.
With these, a passion for yoga and meditation and a belief in the healing power of the trampoline, the tennis legend hopes to defy the effects of aging on performance. After defeating Janic Ciner, Djokovic even declared: ‘Thirty-six is the new 26.’
When he takes on Carlos Alcaraz in his ninth Wimbledon final today, he will be facing a man 16 years his junior. It will be the largest age gap between the finalists since Jimmy Connors defeated Ken Rosewall in 1974.
In whatever strange way he does it, Djokovic finds that edge. And that makes him one of the most interesting and complex characters in sports.
When asked recently why he speaks with a lisp, Novak Djokovic revealed that he was wearing a gum shield that would give him extra strength.
At last year’s Wimbledon, fans were treated to the odd sight of Djokovic inhaling a mysterious substance, which he called a ‘magic potion’, from a water bottle. She also admitted to crying for ‘two or three days’ after elbow surgery because she thought she had failed herself by not being able to heal herself with natural remedies.
During the lockdown, Djokovic appeared in an Instagram Lives video with ‘guru’ Chervin Jafarieh, sharing his belief in telepathy and telekinesis – the ability to move physical objects by mental energy alone.
He also endorses Jafrih’s ‘Golden Mind’ supplement which contains lion’s man mushroom extract, which costs £50 each, and claims it ‘stimulates peak mental performance and protects against age-related cognitive decline’.
Despite his will to win, Djokovic gave up the Grand Slams because he refused to be vaccinated against Covid – even when he was thrown into an Australian detention centre.
“I have a good group of people around me,” Djokovic said ahead of today’s final. ‘We work properly every day. I think that gives us an advantage when we get to the next stage of the Grand Slam. Most of the players are probably a bit tired physically, mentally or maybe they don’t feel like they can go one step further.
‘But for me, I think it’s not done until I lift the trophy – hopefully – and play in a Grand Slam final. I put myself back in that position.’
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