A Year After Staggering Teetotaler Admission, Novak Djokovic Deftly Sidelines Alcohol Question as He Teases Fans Over Ben Shelton and Frances Tiafoe US Open Blockbuster

Published 09/05/2023, 7:26 PM EDT

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Novak Djokovic is in the form of his life at the moment. After having performed brilliantly at Wimbledon, he is well on course to lift his 24th Grand Slam after he has made his way to the semi-finals of the US Open. Standing in the way of Novak now will be the winner of an interesting fight between Ben Shelton and Frances Tiafoe. In his post-match conference, he revealed his plans for watching the all-American quarter-final at the Flushing Meadows.

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However, Rennae Stubbs hilariously interrupted his speech by raising a ‘drinks’ related question that Novak Djokovic was quick to answer with a chuckle!

Novak Djokovic shares his plans to watch Ben Shelton-Frances Tiafoe match

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Following his victorious quarter-final match against Taylor Fritz at the US Open, Novak Djokovic shared a lighthearted exchange with interviewer Rennae Stubbs about his perspective on the upcoming match between fellow Americans Ben Shelton and Frances Tiafoe, who stand as potential obstacles on his path to yet another Grand Slam final.

With a touch of humor, Djokovic quipped that he’d be enjoying the match from the comfort of his sofa, complete with physiotherapy, massages, popcorn, and a refreshing drink. When questioned about his beverage of choice, he playfully revealed it to be a simple one! “Well uh one thing is for sure you know I’m gonna be gonna be enjoying that match from my sofa with my physiotherapy and massage and popcorn and some nice drink. I’ll be enjoying that match obviously. It’s going to be a great one,” said Novak before Stubbs hilariously interrupted in between to ask about Novak’s choice of drinks. Novak was quick to answer Stubbs’ question, saying that the drink he was talking about was ‘lemon with water’.

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While the 23-time Grand Slam champ might be kicking back momentarily, he’s well aware of the challenges that lie ahead from whoever steps across the net in his quest for tennis glory. Nonetheless, one thing remains constant to date: Novak Djokovic has always denied claims that he has consumed alcohol in his life.

Djokovic denies claims of having consumed alcohol in his life

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One of the major things that athletes have to keep in mind is the fitness level that is required to stay at the top of one’s game. A total health freak, Djokovic is no different. On various occasions, he has denied claims to have ever consumed alcohol in his entire life. In an interview last year with tennis legend Martina Navratilova, Novak Djokovic revealed that he is still waiting for his first drink while mentioning that he hasn’t ever tasted alcohol.

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The interview took place at Wimbledon in 2022. In it, he admitted that he was compelled to down a beer after his coach Goran Ivanisevic made him celebrate his victory: “I was forced by my coach Goran today just beer, so we had a beer. I didn’t enjoy it so much.” In fact, his abstinence was part of his larger life philosophy of mindfulness and being present in the moment with the power of visualization.

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Thus, Novak Djokovic’s revelation sheds light on the mindset and the extent of physical and mental fitness that a player requires to stay at the top of the circuit like he has for decades.

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Akshat Gaur

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Akshat Gaur is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2021 and has been writing since then. With over two years of experience in the world of sports journalism, specifically tennis journalism, Akshat is someone who is immensely passionate about covering the ATP and the WTA Tour.
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