THERE’S no disputing his expertise.
World No1 Novak Djokovic, 33, has risen to the highest of the ATP rankings profitable 17 Grand Slam titles in an astonishing profession.
However away from the court docket, there’s been some alternative selections and opinions that lend extra to whacky beliefs than scientific truth.
Most just lately, Djokovic brought about a stir when he revealed he was against a Covid-19 vaccination, if it grew to become obligatory for tennis stars travelling the globe.
Then there was an Instagram Dwell chat with actual property and hedge funds dealer-turned ‘wellness guru’ Chervin Jafarieh, the place the pair bizarrely mentioned how one can change poisonous water into drinkable water via the ability of your thoughts.
His missus Jelena has additionally fallen foul to social media guidelines after sharing a narrative on Instagram that was flagged up as false data that stated Covid-19 was attributable to 5G.
Novak and Jelena are at the moment in quarantine, after it was revealed they’d BOTH caught the coronavirus.
The five-time Wimbledon winner’s Adria Tour, an exhibition occasion in Serbia that had no social distancing guidelines in place, proved to be a catastrophe.
Three different tennis gamers have reportedly examined constructive since, however nobody is sport extra high-profile than the Serb legend.
Days earlier than his analysis he was noticed partying topless at a Serbian nightclub.
Earlier this yr, Djokovic had revealed he was towards a coronavirus vaccination, if it grew to become a compulsory requirement for sports activities stars sooner or later.
“Personally I’m against vaccination and I wouldn’t need to be compelled by somebody to take a vaccine so as to have the ability to journey,” he stated again in April in a Fb Dwell chat with a number of different Serbian athletes.
“But when it turns into obligatory, what is going to occur? I must decide. I’ve my very own ideas concerning the matter and whether or not these ideas will change in some unspecified time in the future, I don’t know.”
Later, Djokovic back-peddled by insisting he was solely enthusiastic about his greatest asset – his physique.
“I’m no skilled, however I do need to have an possibility to decide on what’s finest for my physique,” he stated.
“I’m retaining an open thoughts, and I’ll proceed to analysis on this matter as a result of it is necessary and it’ll have an effect on all of us.
“To be sincere, similar to the remainder of the world I’m a bit confused. Regardless of gaining access to data and assets, I’m left doubtful about what could possibly be the very best factor to do.”
IT’S ALL ABOUT WELLNESS
Issues of self-improvement and well being are key to Djokovic’s mindset.
This has been developed additional by a friendship with Jafarieh, the founding father of wellness model Cymbiotika.
Jafarieh believes “in the next and divine order that’s rooted in the one reality, which is love”, and Novak is swayed by his practices.
The pair took to Instagram for a stay chat in a collection referred to as The Self Mastery Venture, the place they mentioned, amongst different issues, how one can change polluted water into consuming water and poisonous meals with wholesome meals, all with the ability of your thoughts.
“It’s the connection that you simply’re speaking about, the innate connection and actually being current and being aware of the second and being aware of the actual fact you’re consuming water,” Djokovic stated.
“I’ve seen folks and I do know some those that, via that energetical (sic) transformation, via the ability of prayer, via the ability of gratitude, they handle to show essentially the most poisonous meals or essentially the most polluted water, into essentially the most therapeutic water.
“As a result of water reacts and scientists have confirmed that, that molecules within the water react to our feelings, to what’s being stated.”
Jafarieh added: “They noticed if you happen to had particular ideas, particular feelings onto the water, in the event that they have been joyful ideas, in the event that they have been good ideas, they created a molecular construction that had a geo-prism primarily based on sacred geometry that means there was symmetry and steadiness.”
A SPIRITUAL GURU
Pepe Imaz, a former participant who nows runs a tennis academy in Spain for unprivileged youngsters, labored with Djokovic till 2018.
It was Imaz who reportedly turned his new scholar on to a vegetarian eating regimen.
However the strangest bit of recommendation, which Djokovic adopted to a tee, was to gesture in direction of the group extra and present his love for his followers after a win.
The lengthy, shared group hugs Novak partook in together with his crew have been additionally a Imaz invention, in addition to meditation that was rigorously added to Djokovic’s busy coaching schedule.
Despite the fact that the pair don’t work collectively anymore, Imaz’s strategies have caught.
In final yr’s Wimbledon remaining, the Centre Courtroom crowd cheered on Roger Federer and roundly booed Djokovic.
How he handled that was a lesson clearly discovered from Imaz. He pretended each time he heard somebody chanting “Roger!’ they have been truly cheering “Novak!”. And it labored.
NOTHING BEATS SURGERY
A fan of holistic therapeutic, Djokovic was plagued for years with an elbow damage.
However slightly than go beneath the knife, he endured and hoped it could simply go away, which bothered his then-coach Andre Agassi.
“I feel there was an actual hope his elbow might heal naturally, holistically. I personally wasn’t a fan of that alternative,” Agassi revealed.
“You’ll be able to’t pressure somebody with regards to their very own physique, it’s important to perceive their hesitations, however well being is a perform of taking good care of your physique, making the arduous selections, giving your self the time after which shifting ahead methodically. Relaxation wasn’t going to do it in my estimation.
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“After I noticed the outcomes of his MRIs in August, I used to be very clear with him: I advocated surgical procedure straight away, as a result of that might finish the problem as soon as and for all.”
In 2018 Djokovic “agreed with my crew that I’d attempt completely different strategies” to treatment the elbow grievance. In different phrases he had surgical procedure.
Miraculously sufficient, the issue was solved.