Novak Djokovic took social media by storm on Thursday after his second round win at the French Open.
The Serbian endured a marathon opening set before overcoming Hungary’s Marton Fuksovics 7–6, 6–0, 6–3 to advance to the third round.
But it was the moment after the nearly 90-minute opening set when the 22-time Grand Slam winner took off his shirt that left spectators scratching their heads.
Djokovic appeared to have a small metal disc taped to the center of his chest, a highly unusual sight that earned Tennis Channel commentator Jim Courier the nickname “Iron Man”.
“Novak got something taped. Have you ever seen Robert Downey Jr.? In the same room with Djokovic? Maybe Novak is Iron Man,” Courier joked commenting on the match.
The bizarre sight quickly spread on social media with theories about what the object was on the star’s chest.
Many were convinced that the “superstition” strapped to the Serbian’s chest was a cue magnet.
An item that is said to aid in the healing of pain and injury.
Speculation only increased when Djokovic was punched later in the match by a ball girl who had been handed over from his team.
“Her trainer gave the ball girl another one of these balls,” said Jason Goodall.
The commentator observed that Djokovic was initially struggling to reach his chest, adding: “Novak is a bit confused whether to go up or down. He turns it around at the end.”
The 36-year-old was asked about the mysterious object during his press conference, but declined to delve further, citing comments made by the Courier.
“I loved Iron Man when I was a kid, so I tried to dress up as Iron Man,” Djokovic said with a smile before taking his response a step further.
Djokovic said sarcastically, “My team provides an incredibly efficient nanotechnology to help me do my best on the court, so that’s the biggest secret of my career.” “If it weren’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be sitting here.”
The Serbian is not averse to the controversies with the metal object that have surrounded the tennis star.
after his opening round match Djokovic upsets Kosovo when he wrote “Kosovo is the heart of Serbia. Stop the violence” on TV camera lenses as he left the court.
The famously unvaccinated star was deported from Australia ahead of the 2022 Australian Open after a protracted legal battle that saw her visa revoked.
He was defaulted from the 2020 US Open after a ball hit a line judge in the neck and caused widespread outrage when he hosted the infamous Adria Tour in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He drew heavy criticism after claiming that it was possible to change the composition of water and food through positive thinking.