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Novak Djokovic: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


What he said:

“Well, it would be great if that machine had wings so it can fly wherever I am playing.”

Novak Djokovic denies that the CVAC Pod or “pressurised egg” is the reason behind his stupendous run of form this year. The technology, Cyclic Variations In Adaptive Conditioning (CVAC) simulates “rapid changes in altitude, which allegedly stimulates the body on a cellular level, therefore increasing oxygen absorption and promoting muscle recovery—in essence boosting the lymphatic system.”

In his initial talk with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the men’s No. 1 player praised the device:

"I think it really helps — not with muscle but more with recovery after an exhausting set.It’s like a spaceship. It’s very interesting technology."

Djokovic has since refuted using the technology to enhance his results this year.

The Djoker said:

"I’m going to repeat it for the last time: It doesn’t have any influence on my success."

What he really meant:

“Get real. I can’t take that machine with me everywhere, can I?”

What he definitely didn’t:

“The Flying Serb and his Flying Machine—wouldn’t that make a great headline?”

Five Sizzling Questions Facing Indian Tennis

Sania Mirza at Cincinnati in July, 2007

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The Wall Street Journal—at the start of the 2011 Australian Open—published an article titled Five Sizzling Tennis Questions.

The questions were:

 Are Rafael Nadal‘s injuries behind him?

What about Roger?

Who are the other challengers on the men’s side?

Is this the year of the Woz?

Is the women’s ranking system legitimate?

The answers to four of the questions are still up in the air.

Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open victory has given doubters more than a hint as to who’s not hanging to the coat-tails of the big guns—Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Using the article as inspiration, I arrived at five burning questions for Indian tennis:


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