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Tennis Star Novak Djokovic Credits Australian Open Success To Vegan Diet

by | January 27, 2020

Plant-based professional tennis player Novak Djokovic has credited his success at the 2020 Australian Open with his vegan diet.

Djokovic has progressed to the quarterfinals of the ongoing competition, which is held in Melbourne every year.

“I’m very pleased to be plant-based and play on this level now for four-and-a-half years” the athlete said.

“Hopefully I can inspire other athletes that it is possible to be plant-based and to recover well, to have strength, to have muscles.”

Although the athlete follows a vegan diet, he prefers to use the term plant-based to describe himself.

“I don’t like the labels, to be honest” Djokovic said, “I do eat plant-based, for quite a few years already…But because of the misinterpretations of labels and misuse of labels, I just don’t like that kind of name.”

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Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer to win the Wimbledon Championship in 2019 (Photo: Neale Cousland/Shutterstock.com)

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Far from being just a diet, Djokovic has shared that his food choices are inspired by his ethics.

“It’s a lifestyle. More than just a diet because you have ethical reasons as well” he said.

“Being conscious of what is happening in the animal world and you know the slaughtering of animals and farming…There is obviously a huge impact as well on climate change…It’s more than a performance for me, it’s a lifestyle.”

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