Wife Jelena Insists Nothing ‘Dodgy’ About Paris Drink


  • Novak Djokovic’s wife insists there was nothing “dodgy” about the Serbian’s drink at the Paris Masters.
  • On Saturday, Djokovic’s physio was seen mixing him a drink in stands while another team member blocked the camera’s view. 
  • “It could be private. Is that allowed?” wrote Jelena Djokovic on Twitter.

Novak Djokovic’s wife, Jelena, has insisted there was nothing “dodgy” about a secret drink that was prepared for the tennis star at last week’s Paris Masters.

During Djokovic’s semifinal win over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Saturday, the Serbian’s physio, Ulises Badio, was seen mixing him a drink in the stands using unknown ingredients.

Another member of Djokovic’s team moved to block the camera’s view of what Badio was doing.

Badio then signaled to a ball girl to take the mystery drink to Djokovic while he was resting between games.


The incident raised questions about the contents of the drink and why Djokovic’s team was trying to conceal it, including from veteran tennis writer Ben Rothenberg, who called it “strange.”

On Tuesday, Jelena wrote on Twitter: “I don’t see anything dodgy.

“I see people trying to be private about their business in a world where everyone feels like they have every right to point a camera at you whenever they want. Apparently, wanting/trying to be private makes you dodgy nowadays.”

Djokovic himself has yet to comment on the incident.

“He will talk when he is ready to talk,” added Jelena. “Sit a bit in silence. Mind yourself more. Not everything you see is controversial. It could be private. Is that allowed?”

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic (R) and his wife Jelena Djokovic (L) arrive to follow the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 European Qualifiers 2nd Round Group I match between Turkiye and Serbia at Sinan Erdem Sports Hall in Istanbul, Turkiye.

Novak and Jelena together at a basketball game in Turkey.

Getty/Elif Ozturk Ozgoncu

This isn’t the first time Djokovic has landed himself in hot water with regards to the contents of a drinks bottle.

At this year’s Wimbledon, Djokovic appeared to sharply inhale from a water bottle during his quarterfinal victory over Jannik Sinner.

Later asked about the contents of the bottle, the 22-time Grand Slam champion refused to elaborate and described the drink as a “magic potion.”

“I said you will find out soon, but not so soon,” Djokovic said.

“It’s going to come out as one of the supplement, let’s say, [product] lines that I’m doing right now with drink and few other things, sports drinks.”

Joking with a reporter, he added: “You’ll try it, and you’ll let me know how it feels. You might win Wimbledon.”

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