Djokovic Meets Spiritual Guru Who Nadal Came Under Fire For Meeting

Djokovic Meets Spiritual Guru Who Nadal Came Under Fire For Meeting

by Nurein Ahmed

Novak Djokovic caught up with Indian spiritual leader Sadhguru, who also met his rival Rafael Nadal not so long ago.

Sadghuru, known by his full name as Jagadish Vasudev, is a spiritual teacher and yogi who is the founder and CEO of Isha Foundation. This non-profit organization is located in Coimbatore, India, and provides yoga programs and social revitalization initiatives worldwide.

Sadghuru has been a yoga instructor since the early 80s, and his two books, titled "Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy" and "Karma: A Yogi's Guide to Crafting Your Destiny" were New York Times Bestsellers in 2016.

While he remains a prominent contributor in matters dealing with spirituality and human empowerment, Sadghuru has previously made claims which have been incompatible with scientific unanimity, which is why many question his credibility.

That was the case when Sadhguru met Rafael Nadal in June last year, as the Spaniard's fans were not happy about the meeting of the two, but things seemed to be a bit different with Djokovic's fans.

Recently, the 66-year-old guru was in attendance to watch the Australian Open quarterfinal match between Novak Djokovic and Taylor Fritz. The defending champion set an unwanted record for himself after spurning 15 straight break points.

It was the first time in Djokovic's career that it had happened, but ultimately toppled the American in four close sets to advance into his 11th semifinal at Melbourne Park.

After the match, Sadghuru met with Djokovic and shared a pair of photos of their interaction on his official X account (formerly Twitter). The Serb could be seen holding one of the spiritual leader's bestselling books, possibly gifted to him.

"Wonderful meeting you @DjokerNole! Staying at peak performance for over two decades in the incredibly competitive tennis circuit is remarkable. Your commitment and grasp of body and mind set an extraordinary example for others to follow. Best wishes for your upcoming matches."

Sadghuru posted on X

Djokovic will rekindle his rivalry with fourth seed Jannik Sinner in the semifinal on Friday afternoon. The Italian has not dropped a set at this year's Australian Open and has beaten Djokovic in their most recent high-stakes clash at the Davis Cup last November.


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