ROLAND GARROS — An Italian technology company says it has been supplying Novak Djokovic with “patented nanotechnology” to help him with his fitness.
During his second-round French Open win over Marton Fucsovics on Wednesday night, he was spotted asking his team for something, and then adhering a small button-sized object to his chest.
When quizzed about it afterwards, he cryptically said: “When I was a kid I liked Iron Man a lot, so I try to impersonate Iron Man.
“My team delivers an incredibly efficient nanotechnology to help me deliver my best on the court, so that’s the biggest secret of my career.
“If it wasn’t for that, I probably wouldn’t be sitting here.”
The statement appeared to be issued tongue-in-cheek after a tense exchange about Djokovic’s comments on Kosovo from earlier in the week, but a social media campaign on Thursday by Taopatch claimed that Djokovic has been using their “human upgrade device”.
“We specialise in patenting and creating innovative nanotechnological devices for human health and well-being,” the company wrote on Twitter of its product, which costs £250 for a set of three patches.
“Taopatch SPORT nourishes the body with wavelengths of therapeutic light, without side effects or the release of any chemicals.
“Wearable every day, it’s activated by sunlight and body heat ensuring treatments of 720 hours each month.”
The company claims that the patch, once activated by sunlight and body heat, “emits photons towards the body providing several health benefits”.
It also claims to improve posture, symmetry of the pelvis, muscle activation, balance, concentration and race recovery.
This is not the first time Djokovic has used non-traditional health and fitness solutions.
During the Wimbledon final against Nick Kyrgios, Djokovic was seen apparently inhaling from a bottle before drinking from it, but was tight-lipped about what was in it, calling it only “a magic potion”.
He added: “You will find out soon but not so soon.
“It’s going to come out as one of the supplement lines that I’m doing right now with drink and few other things, sports drinks etc. It will come out there.
“You’ll try it and you’ll let me know how it feels. You might win Wimbledon.”
During the pandemic, Djokovic hosted a video with Chervin Jafarieh, a self-styled health expert and “life-long seeker of truth and knowledge” who runs a podcast called “Wake the Fake Up”.
In it, Djokovic claimed that the molecular structure of water could be altered by the power of thought.
“I’ve seen people and I know some people that, through that energetical transformation, through the power of prayer, through the power of gratitude, they manage to turn the most toxic food or most polluted water, into the most healing water,” Djokovic said.
“Because water reacts and scientists have proven that, that molecules in the water react to our emotions, to what is being said.”