TThe day before the first episode of his epic semifinal against Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon last month, Novak Djokovic continued to stick to the routine that had served him so well during the tournament. He enjoyed a gluten-free breakfast, sipped some water at room temperature and went to Mayfair for a one-hour session at the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Center.
He is an athlete who wants to do everything he can, Djokovic is an avid user of hyperbaric oxygen chambers – so much so that he had one installed in his Monte Carlo house.
Djokovic defeated Nadal in two days, then defeated Kevin Anderson and won his fourth Wimbledon title.
At the US Open, starting on Sunday, he will continue his Wimbledon routine with the use of a room on his resting days. Given how open he is about the use of his oxygen chamber, they can be seen as his not-so-secret weapon.
The potential health benefits of an oxygen chamber are numerous, but athletes like Djokovic mainly use them to saturate the blood with oxygen and stimulate healing. When Djokovic was running for three days at the end of Wimbledon, quick recovery is essential.