Novak Djokovic accused of breaking Australian Open rules in viral video of another mystery drink

Serbian tennis champion Novak Djokovic’s brave run to the Australian Open final with an injured leg has been tempered by new allegations that he broke tournament rules.

Footage has emerged of the Serbian star receiving the mystery potion during his come-from-behind victory over French player Enzo Couacaud in the second round of the Aussie Open.

It came during a match where he surrendered the second set and needed a medical timeout for his troublesome hamstring before moving onto victory.

His team is seen putting a label on the water bottle before giving it to a tournament official to hand it to Djokovic on the field.

The former world number 1 carefully read what was written on the label when he received the bottle.

The footage has raised concerns that Djokovic and his team have broken rules governing when and where players can be coached during the Open.

Stars are only allowed to communicate verbally with their team when they are on the same side of the field. If they are on opposite sides, signals must be used – which was the case when Djokovic’s footage was taken.

It is the third time in six months that the 21-time Grand Slam winner has caused controversy with his choice of drink at a tennis tournament.

The incident comes after Djokovic suffered a shock defeat to Danish teenager Holger Rune at the Paris Masters in November, after a video of his physiotherapist mixing a drink for him dominated the headlines.

The physio was caught on camera mixing a mystery drink in the stands before handing it to a ball girl to pass on to the Serbian champion. Another member of Djokovic’s team used his back to try to obscure the view of what was going on.

A member of Djokovic's team gives the bottle with the freshly applied label to a tournament official to hand over while playing in the second round of the Australian Open

A member of Djokovic’s team gives the bottle with the freshly applied label to a tournament official to hand over while playing in the second round of the Australian Open

Djokovic took the time to carefully read the label on the bottle, with some suggesting it contained coaching notes from his team

Djokovic took the time to carefully read the label on the bottle, with some suggesting it contained coaching notes from his team

Djokovic took the time to carefully read the label on the bottle, with some suggesting it contained coaching notes from his team

Before that, the 21-time grand slam champion attracted attention because he appeared to inhale a substance from a water bottle during the Wimbledon championships.

When asked what was in the liquor bottles, Djokovic only replied: ‘magic potion’.

Many fans were quick to attack the star player for his repeated use of mystery potions.

“There is always a conspiracy when it comes to Djokovic,” one of them replied on the video.

“He does this all the time and seems to run like the roadrunner cartoon afterwards,” added another.

Other tennis fans thought the liquid itself wasn’t a problem, but the note attached to the bottle might be.

“Training notes maybe?” suggested a fan.

Others said it could be a sponsorship issue.

“A product made by a company that doesn’t sponsor it, so they cover up the label,” said one fan.

Others were quick to defend Djokovic against anything untoward, saying that no one would be bold enough to consume a banned substance in plain sight.

“Too much attention for a team member mixing sports drinks,” one fan wrote.

“A really ridiculous notion that something is going on, stadium full, cameras everywhere, drinks mixed in players box… I mean use a little bit of logic here, maybe maybe they don’t want to give anybody an edge.

Fan holds up a banner in support of Serbia's Novak Djokovic during his third round match against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov

Fan holds up a banner in support of Serbia's Novak Djokovic during his third round match against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov

Fan holds up a banner in support of Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during his third round match against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov

Djokovic has been secretive about his vials of 'magic potion' in the past and was questioned three times in six months about using mysterious liquids

Djokovic has been secretive about his vials of 'magic potion' in the past and was questioned three times in six months about using mysterious liquids

Djokovic has been secretive about his vials of ‘magic potion’ in the past and was questioned three times in six months about using mysterious liquids

“To add to that, in a dressing room you will see a team of players always making drinks, in unmarked bottles and putting them in the fridge. Training programs, taking supplements, etc. is a trade secret.’

Another tennis fan pointed out that Djokovic had already been acquitted at Wimbledon for drinking a ‘mysterious’ drink that turned out to be isotonic.

“I hope you’ve all seen the Wimbledon statement so you can relax. It’s isotonic, very popular among athletes,” they posted.

“It’s in powder form and can be mixed with water or taken dry and then watered.”

Australian Alex de Minaur is the last local left in singles and has a big job ahead of him in Djokovic

Australian Alex de Minaur is the last local left in singles and has a big job ahead of him in Djokovic

Australian Alex de Minaur is the last local left in singles and has a big job ahead of him in Djokovic

“It’s hard to believe people are stupid enough to think an athlete would take a banned substance in front of thousands of spectators and cameras watching you. They are regularly tested before and after matches and also when they are not playing.’

Another fan posted, “Every athlete has sports, vitamin-enriched, and electrolyte drinks with the goal of helping athletes replenish glucose, fluid, and electrolytes lost during strenuous activity.”

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