Does Nole have asthma?

ivan_the_terrible

Hall of Fame
I can't seem to find an article where HE says he does. The internet is rife with others saying he has asthma, breathing problems, heat illness or whatever.

I know the ITF has exemptions in place for inhalers, yet never seen him use it. Venus was using one a few tournaments ago ( never knew she had breathing issues).

I would love to see a presser where he's asked about this, any links?
 

Dilettante

Hall of Fame
I can't seem to find an article where HE says he does. The internet is rife with others saying he has asthma, breathing problems, heat illness or whatever.

I know the ITF has exemptions in place for inhalers, yet never seen him use it. Venus was using one a few tournaments ago ( never knew she had breathing issues).

I would love to see a presser where he's asked about this, any links?
I think he has. But a number of elite sportsmen have asthma, from swimmers to bycicle racers, athletes, etc. For sure a percentage of top tennis players with ashtma.
 

ivan_the_terrible

Hall of Fame
I think he has. But a number of elite sportsmen have asthma, from swimmers to bycicle racers, athletes, etc. For sure a percentage of top tennis players with ashtma.
A lot of sportsmen have asthma, but does he? I'm aware that some people can outgrow the condition, I just haven't seen it mentioned at all.

I'm puzzled by the fact that no one seems the least bit curious, especially now that he's the fittest guy on the tour.
 

aldeayeah

Legend
Dunno if he has "standalone" asthma, but he certainly has allergy (hay fever or similar), which can cause bronchitis and asthma.
 

PSNELKE

Legend
No, since he´s winning big tourney´s he doesn´t have problems with asthma neither with the heat anymore..

No seriously, I haven´t heard anything bout that.
Any comment from him or an interview on that?
 

Dilettante

Hall of Fame
A lot of sportsmen have asthma, but does he? I'm aware that some people can outgrow the condition, I just haven't seen it mentioned at all.

I'm puzzled by the fact that no one seems the least bit curious, especially now that he's the fittest guy on the tour.
I might be wrong, but I recall reading somewhere that he said he had asthma. My memory is not perfect though.

Anyway, it's not necessarily a problem for an athlete: sports are very beneficial for asthma and there's a lot of medication out there that can keep the problem under control. In fact, a top sportsman, because the continuous training and healthy life, is in much better condition than a regular asthma patient. There's no reason for an asthmatic not being one of the fitter competitors, if he works properly and takes care of his condition .

It also depends on the type of asthma, etc.
 

ivan_the_terrible

Hall of Fame
Yes, but only when he is losing a match



Therefore, he currently does not have asthma.
I see what you did there... ;)

So, to summarize, there is no physical asthmatic condition, just mental.

Any reason why Nole would suddenly shed this hypochondriac tendency? I mean he was #3 for the longest while, did he have a revelation of sorts?
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
He had serious breathing problems that were surgically treated a couple of years ago. Obviously it worked because he had no signs of any heat related issues in Miami and it was very hot.
 

Lemoned

Rookie
Did you see a guy with a white beard in his box? The guy is Novak's private doctor and they're traveling together for a while. There were many articles about him and Novak thanked to him several times.

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpa...679D8B63&ref=christopherclarey&pagewanted=all

The weather conditions, which were mild throughout the tournament during his matches, worked in his favor. He also had to play only one set in the third round before his compatriot Viktor Troicki retired. Djokovic has suffered from allergies during his career and has long had difficulty in the heat. He underwent surgery to address sinus problems in 2005 but has remained vulnerable to breathing problems: retiring here against Andy Roddick in 2009 and looking close to retiring in the first round of the United States Open last year against Troicki before prevailing in five sets.

''We are all humans, you know,'' Djokovic said. ''It's all health issues and you overcome that. I have been working really hard. I have a doctor in my team now that keeps up on all the things, for allergies and what I eat and things like that. So we are really cautious on things that are going through the path of professional tennis.''

That doctor, Igor Cetojevic, began working with Djokovic in July before the Davis Cup quarterfinal in Croatia. The gray-bearded Cetojevic was in the front row of the players' box Sunday night and also with Djokovic and other members of his entourage Monday when Djokovic met reporters and photographers on one of the upper levels of the massive Melbourne Cricket Ground adjacent to Melbourne Park.

Cetojevic said he was a trained general practitioner with an expertise in ''Chinese medicine,'' and his Web site says that he is also an acupuncturist who has attended seminars and had hospital experience in Beijing. Cetojevic's Web site says that he holds a diploma from the Indian Institute of Magnetotherapy in New Delhi and that he specializes in working with advanced biofeedback systems, including S.C.I.O., or Scientific Conscious Interface Operator, a device that measures 16 ''standard electrical parameters of the body'' in an attempt to detect and treat areas of stress or imbalance and can be used to help combat allergies.

Djokovic was not asked about the particulars of his own treatment, but he did indicate that Cetojevic has played a significant and wide-ranging role in recent months as Djokovic has reached the United States Open final, won the Davis Cup and now won his second Grand Slam singles title.

''He's a great psychologist as well,'' Djokovic said as Cetojevic approached him, wearing a vest with no shirt underneath.

''The great doctor,'' Djokovic said to him with a grin before turning his attention back to his interlocutors. ''He has no shirt because he gave it away.''
 
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li0scc0

Hall of Fame
Djokovic may have asthma, or other breathing problems.
More than likely, though, his breathing problems are called 'being out of shape'. Now that he is in shape, he no longer has these 'breathing problems'.
 
This was posted in MTF in April 2008, with Benito Perez Barbadillo, Nole and Rafa's PR guy, read the bit in bold

Hi guys. Heres the interview by Djokovic's PR manager Benito (also Nadals PR manager) regarding latest events. Didn't want to post it in GM, prob. might be considered over the top a bit. Translated and originally posted by: mariej... vamos king of clay !

(hope you don't mind mariej)

Cheers.

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Q. you are coming with 5 strait finals in MS with one of your proteges without the inconvinience to have them facing each other. are you more pleased with the reccord or the fact that you did not have to choose between them ?
A-BP. I'm happy if they win, obviously if they loose i'm unhappy. I have more work to do if they win, but i like to work.

Q. Both of them met 9 times, how do you live those meetings ?
A-BP.they are both intelligent, if they where not smart, i would have problems. they both know that i work for their best, to promote their image in the best possible way. if they need to do something toghether, it's not because of me, but it's because that suits them both. one of the examples are the thing they have done in MC. if they need to do things separately, they both know that i need to split my time and understand that's the way i can do my job in a professional way.

Q.about those 5 finals, what do you think about the fact that federer only reached one of them after escaping a scre against Ramirez, it's almost odd to see him reaching a final now. what do you think about the things he's going through ?
A-BP. i think federer still plays at the same level, he's allways the grand roger, he's only missing a bit of luck that everyone needs. against ramirez he was down,but he won in the end and that's what matters. i don't agree with those who say that roger is mentally week. like rafa says, i agree that roger's mental is very strong, otherwise he wouldn't have won everything he won. it's normal to have some blanks, the truth is that the bar is so high that you cannot jump over it every time, like they say in spanish. Roger is still the grand federer. In MC he was playing very good against rafa, a pity that rafa played with such an intensity that he's the only one to have and he beat him.

Q. let's talk about nole and his great week, he came back better than in MC. you could say he recoverd quite well.
A.BP. yes, he had the treatment of antibiotics about which he talked in his presser. we had a doubt about how to talk about it. make it public or not. if you talk you can give a little advantage to your opponent. in fact we did not know what to do. the same problem occured with rafa. we only talked about it after he played. we agreed to say he was under antibiotics until wednesday, the day he was playing darcis, he had ans angina and was under meds for 8 days.

Q. after he retired in MC, it was him who benefited from 2 retirements in rome. in the final he met wawrinka to whom he retired with respiratory problems. are these problems gone ?
A-BP. he got surgery for his nose problems. since this operation it has changed a lot his life. sometimes he stll has respiratory problems, because he has a tiny thorax. he works on this doing yoga which enables him to breath better. he does it with his coach and girlfriend.

Q. how important was the win for novak, since he speaks italian, his girlfriend studies here, did he had a connection more direct than roger or rafa with the public.
first of all, rafa loves this tournament, he feels it like madrid for the affection he gets from the audience.

my comment : BP you did not answer that question ??? bad PR

Q. did rafa was a bit upset that the fans were cheering for juan carlos ?
A.BP. i think the audience wanted to see ferrero winning the first set and see rafa coming back to win the match with his usual grinta. after when he saw that rafa was not coming back, not knowing what was the problem, they were more quiet. rafa is almost a star, you can tell by the number of people following him even at the warm ups. he feels a lot at ease in rome, he even went to the journalists party the next day. novak, on the other side knows italy very well and he likes the country, his girlfriend being in milano he went there after the final, for him rome is a very important tourney.

Q.let's look at hambourg ? how is rafa ?
A-BP. he's allready in hambourg since a few days, we did not have time to speak about the problems with the spanish federation, who's president doesn't have a great popularity between the players. he was training good these days, he starts tomorrow, hopefully well.

Q. let's remember that the election of madrid was the object of the dispute.
A-BP. it's not only that, it's the lack of trust in the person in charge. he's been contradicting himself in the past 3 years of his charge, in fact the players are unhappy.

Q. there is only 310pts between rafa and novak. do you think that rafa feels more pressure even if he hides the problem quite well ?
A.BP. rafa knows very well djokovic is a great champion, but rafa has to play his game, novak his game and federer his own game too, and will see who will win it. it's going to be a very interresting season. there was a funny episode last week when rafa passed novak at the race, i was driving with novak in my car and rafa called me for some atp matter, i told him i was with novak who was saying hello, rafa asked me to wave back and to tell novak that he just took the lead in the race thanks to the final of barcelona. now novak has just passed rafa with his win in rome.

Q. we are waiting for your 6th final in hamourg, meanwhile barbadillo becomes the future PR of the number one in the world.
A.BP. look if you consider the points that both of them win at the race i'm in the leading position. we hope for the best.
 

Carolina Racquet

Professional
^^^ This supports what I believed. He's had trouble breathing through his nose in the past, and his stamina suffered.

Whether it was due to allergies, narrow nostrils or poor breathing habits, he's worked to overcome them and it's really improved his physical performance.
 
No, since he´s winning big tourney´s he doesn´t have problems with asthma neither with the heat anymore..

No seriously, I haven´t heard anything bout that.
Any comment from him or an interview on that?


Oh, so it is a case of Fedalitis????

Symptoms; Only losing when injured, tired, sick, or other adversity.
 
So in 2008 he had surgery, took up yoga and is now reaping the benefits of all the hard work. Makes complete sense to me.

He had surgery at the end of 06. Benito is just giving the history to the reporter when she asked the question about his breathing, he's not saying he had surgery yesterday and took up yoga last week...
 

2ManyAces

Rookie
I heard Djoker, like Jankovic, had like a narrow nasal passage which therefore hinders breathing during sports. I think they both got surgery to open up their nasal passages but still have minor difficulties breathing. Heard that on Tennis Channel or something.
 

Wes_Loves_Dunlop

Professional
He had a crooked nasal passage. Almost everyone has crooked nasal passages, but most are not significant for us to notice. Nole is one of the few who had the crooked passage affect him. He had surgery to fix it.
 

Lemoned

Rookie
Feast of titles is largely down to diet change: Djokovic

About his allergies though.

Feast of titles is largely down to diet change: Djokovic
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/25/us-tennis-men-serbia-djokovic-idUSTRE73O4AU20110425

A change of diet has played a major role in Novak Djokovic's unbeaten run this year, the world number two said Monday after receiving a hero's welcome from fans in his home town.

The 23-year-old Serb, who has won 24 straight matches to land the Australian Open and Dubai Championship titles and Masters Series events in Miami and Indian Wells, said a doctor who joined his team eight months ago had improved his fitness.

"His name is Igor Cetojevic, he is a nutritionist and he's done a great job in changing my diet after we established I am allergic to some food ingredients like gluten," Djokovic told reporters on the opening day of the Serbia Open.

"It means I can't eat stuff like pizza, pasta and bread. I have lost some weight but it's only helped me because my movement is much sharper now and I feel great physically.

"A lot of people have been guessing and speculating what the secret formula of my good form was but there is no secret, it's just that all the pieces have fallen into place after years of hard work and we are now reaping the rewards,"
added Djokovic.

The Serb paid tribute to his entire support staff, saying it was their hard work that had made him the player he is.

"I have a great team of people around me," he said. "I have unreserved faith in their instructions and trust them completely.

"I have also matured as a player and a person. I feel more confident and more consistent than ever because I am capable of holding my own against the world's best players under any circumstances.

"That wasn't the case earlier ... whenever I needed to be consistent against (Roger) Federer and (Rafa) Nadal in the latter stages of grand slam events I was unable to stay psychologically balanced and confident."

SPECIAL PLACE

Djokovic is back in Belgrade for the first time since he steered Serbia to their first Davis Cup title in December and was greeted by hundreds of fans as he made a trip to nearby Mount Avala to pose with the massive Serbia Open trophy.

He had photos taken and signed dozens of autographs as the crowd greeted one of Serbia's most popular public figures.

"The Serbia Open will always have a special place in my heart because we rarely get a chance to play in front of our own people, it's only this tournament and the Davis Cup," said Djokovic.

"That's why I expect them to turn up on center court to watch all Serbian players taking part in the tournament, which is getting stronger and more competitive every year.

"I had to retire very early in last year's event because I was unfit but I feel very well now and I am looking forward to my first match Wednesday."

Djokovic, given a bye in the first round of the tournament organized by the Family Sport enterprise managed by his father and uncle, is looking to capture his second Serbia Open title after winning the inaugural event in 2009.

His first red clay event of the season could be the springboard which helps him dethrone world number one Nadal.

"Down the years as Nadal kept ripping apart everything in front of him on red clay, we always thought there was no room left for improvement in his game and he kept surprising us every time," Djokovic said.

"He is still the player to beat on red clay and the favorite in each of the upcoming major events, including the French Open, because he is so dominant on this surface.

"However, I am playing with a lot more confidence against him these days and I now believe I can beat anyone on any surface, although beating Nadal on clay remains a big ask and the biggest challenge of all."

The Spaniard won his sixth Barcelona Open title last week and his seventh successive Monte Carlo Masters earlier this month, events Djokovic missed due to a knee problem.

"I needed the extra two weeks of rest to recover from a grueling hardcourt season, a surface which is not very pleasant for knees and tendons, but I am ready now," the Serb said.
 

oy vey

Semi-Pro
Gluten allergies are very nasty and they affect the immune system.
Mental sharpness and physical strength is improved by eliminating the foods that cause problems.
 

ivan_the_terrible

Hall of Fame
So, problems solved then for Nole.

His narrowed nasal passages? Check! - rectified by gouging out some cartilage

Allergies? Check! - new diet took care of his gluten issue

Mental issues? Check! Cured by his psychological guru

Knee issues? (who knew) - on the 'todo' list - I assume will be handled by Rafa's doctor's patented PRP treatments.

Did I miss anything?
 
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