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Novak Djokovic: Wife Jelena says ‘nothing weird’ about Paris Masters drinking

Novak and Jelena Djokovic got married in 2014

There was nothing “dubious” about a drink prepared for Novak Djokovic during Saturday’s Paris Masters semi-final victory, his wife Jelena says.

A video showing Djokovic’s physio Ulises Badio preparing a drink while his team protects him has been viewed 15 million times on social media.

Jelena Djokovic wrote on Twitter: “I don’t see anything dubious.”

Serbian Djokovic, who beat Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas before losing in Sunday’s final, has not commented.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion, seeking a record-extending seventh title at the Paris Masters, held off a spirited comeback from Tsitsipas to win 6-2 3-6 7-6 (7-4).

The lost in three sets against 19-year-old Dane Holger Rune in the final.

The video sparked questions on social media about what was in the mix and why Djokovic’s team was trying to hide it.

Jelena Djokovic said: “I see people trying to keep their affairs private in a world where everyone feels they have every right to point a camera whenever they want. Apparently wanting/trying to keep privacy makes you little reliable today.

“He’ll talk when he’s ready to talk. Sit quietly a bit. Take more care of yourself. Not everything you see is controversial. It could be private. Is that allowed?”

Djokovic, who is an advocate for alternative health care, was seen inhaling a powder during his victory over Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final in June.

Djokovic later described it as a “magic potion”, saying: “It’s going to come out as one of the supplements, let’s say, lines that I’m doing right now with booze and a few other things.”

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