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By Lauren Lynch                         Photo Credit: Tennis Now

(August 29, 2011) Though it had been reported over several tennis news stations as the truth, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic denies the published claims that he used a special hyperbaric chamber before coming to the US Open in the New Jersey home he is staying in while competing.

It was a fitting piece of gossip considering his recent shoulder injury that pulled him out of the finals at Cincinnati. Rumors went so far as to claim that Djokovic told the Wall Street Journal that he uses a new method to heal by sitting in a hyperbaric chamber that is can be used to mimic high altitude and create muscle compression.

Not to say he has never used the machine. He admitted to using it last year but that was the last time he did it after finding it did not seem to do much for him and he gives it no credit for his 2011 domination.

"Yeah, I saw that." He was asked about the story and with a sarcastic raise of an eyebrow he told the media. " No, I haven't used it this year because I'm really not intending to change my own routines. I have my own therapist I have with my team and it's been working well, so I have no reason to really try other things."

Then he laughed and told us in the press room, " Well, all I can say is that I have used it a couple of times last year, and I haven't used it since. You know, it's very interesting technology, but I don't know the effect of it. It has nothing to do with my success that I had in last ten months."

He also gave good news that his shoulder is on the mend and should no be a worry.

Admitting that the potential 5-set matches at the Slams can be a strain, "But what I can say right now is that my shoulder is in a really good condition. I didn't feel any pain, I don't have any inflammation right now, and I hope it's gonna stay that way."

Tomorrow, he play Irishman Conor Niland. The World No. 197 is playing his first US Open match against the top player for the first time. Djokovic benefits from winning 6 of the last 7 matches at Flushing Meadows.



 

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