Novak Djokovic Says He’s A Vegetarian, Or A Pescatarian
by Tom Gainey | May 26th, 2016, 5:41 pm
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Novak Djokovic had a work a little hard today against Steve Darcis than he did in a quick first round win over Hyen-Sun Lu. Today, the Serb was pushed by the Belgian in a tough-then-expected 75, 63, 64 victory to advance to the third round of the French Open and win his 23rd straight match in Grand Slam.

Obviously, the talk with Djokovic has been his quest for the career Grand Slam, but the Serb also revealed that he’s become a vegetarian…Or just someone who doesn’t eat meat.

“Yes, I am,” Djokovic said when asked if he was a vegetarian. He then clarified. “It’s been almost a year. Almost a year. How do you call that? A pescatarian, vegan with eating a little bit of fish here and there.”

Djokovic’s diet has been a key part to his success of late. He cut out gluten before the start of the 2011 season and he even published a book about what he eats. And now he’s eliminated meat in the last year and his results continue to improve.

And the Serb now has 50 career Grand Slam wins at all four Grand Slam, an accomplishment only equaled by Roger Federer and Serena Williams.

Five match wins from history, Djokovic takes on Brit Aljaz Bedene on Saturday.

Vegetarian, Or A Pescatarian


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55 Comments for Novak Djokovic Says He’s A Vegetarian, Or A Pescatarian

Wog Boy Says:

I am not dietitian, but how can you be vegetarian in such physical and demanding sport? You need little bit of “slaninice, prsute, belog sira i belog i crnog luka” (smoked bacon, prosciutto, white cheese and raw garlic and onion) for energy boost and to kill the germs, that’s what worked for ancestors for centuries Nole!
You are disappointing me man:(


jane Says:

As long as he keeps winning WogBoy? BTW, cool stat for Nole fans

Djokovic has the 2nd best titles to entries ratio in Tennis history. Borg is 1st.

https://mobile.twitter.com/thetennisbase/status/735566124901797890/photo/1


Wog Boy Says:

jane,

I am organizing petition to strip Nole of Serbian citizenship, you can’t be vegetarian and Serbian..;)

BTW, I take Borg’s stats with asterisk, can you imagine Roger’s stats if he retired at the age of 26?!


BBB Says:

WB, as you know, I was married to a Serb. If he found out Nole stopped eating meat, I think he’d start rooting for Coric or Cilic instead.


Baa Says:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/aus/2016/01/29/novak-djokovic-serve-makes-him-unbeatable/79511306

“He made more than $21 million in prize money in one year alone, more than former world No. 1 Andy Roddick made in his entire career. [WEAK]”

Novak is perfect like musician Hozier.
Haters can’t find a way to hate them because they’re real geniuses and artists in front of many billions of viewers.

Novak made more prize money than lard-chugging, fat, slow Roddick did with all those overspending sponsors for mickey mouse tournaments.😷
Poor Patrick McEnroe whines about Novak’s old age.
His bro John couldn’t even last past age 26.
Unlike the Mcs’ hero Fed, Novak doesn’t fake injuries and get humiliated by his hateful greedy wife before davis cup time.😍
It’s not like Novak hadn’t demolished the fedal and feddick “rivalries”.


J-Kath Says:

Baa+BBB……????
Have you any wool?
Yes, Sir,
Yes Sir
3 bags full.

Hey no offense you guys. Couldn’t sleep and your two names combined …..gave me a chuckle.


lakie Says:

Baa and BBB are bond ratings. Baa is Moody’s and BBB is S&P’s as well as Fitch’s. Both are just above junk bond ratings. Wonder whether they are in the financial sector. They do not sound the same otherwise I would have thought they were the same poster. Of course they could be Jekyll (BBB) and Hyde (Baa)


Wog Boy Says:

BBB,

I hope that they are not going to publish his interview in Serbian papers, or Nole won’t stand a chance for becaming President of Serbia..one day. Being vegetarian is unacceptable, full stop..seriously, it is like turning into birds (non carnivores birds)…


chrisford1 Says:

Witty, J-Kath!


Van Persie Says:

Wow…Serena eats dog food, Nole eating only vegetables…What is going on in tennis world?


chrisford1 Says:

Let the nutrition debate begin!
Very few athletes have had luck when they were in their top competitive years on a vegetarian diet. Some “famous athlete vegetarians” started long after their competitive sports careers were over (Mike Tyson), or long after they stopped winning trophies (like when Venus Williams started long after her glory days ended.)
Most team sports encourage a balanced diet, with “strength/endurance sports” needing vitamin and protein supplements even with a balanced diet. More so when the athlete by culture and past economic circumstance has a diet low in animal protein – Somali and Kenyan distance runnrs…

It is something Djokovic best have a nutritionist working his diet with him each week (he can afford it) and his physio and coach are rigorously tracking his workouts to see if there is a drop in strength and stamina.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

It looks like whole world is turning upside down, just for you, I am sure you’ll recognize it:

https://youtu.be/t14imAiaQIs


Van Persie Says:

Wow WB,

Am really impressed :)

This is a romanian song: Ciocarlia
Have sent you now an interpretation from Gheorghe Zamfir:

http://proxycgi7.appspot.com/u?purl=VXZ6eDlUS2phNmQ9dj9oY3Rhdy9tb2MuZWJ1dHVveS53d3cvLzpzcHR0aA%3D%3D


anki Says:

I don’t know how good is that. He has been looking tired and sluggish on the court off late


Van Persie Says:

Anki,

Novak was also moody and looked tired also in the first rounds from US OPEN 2015…and he had the best performances in the semifinal and final


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

Gheorghe Zamfir, the best pan flute player ever, hava few of compilations on CDs.


Van Persie Says:

P.S. for WB,

Thank you :) You made my day ;)


mat4 Says:

Georges Enesco composed it, btw. It was from an epoch when artists from the whole world gathered in Paris. Not terrorists…


mat4 Says:

Hello, J-Kath. I saw you were inspired yesterday, with a few very funny comments I enjoyed a lot.


Van Persie Says:

Mat 4,

It is Enescu, not Enesco :)

Enescu was also inspired by somebody else ;)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cioc%C3%A2rlia_(Romanian_folk_tune)


chrisford1 Says:

While Novak and his wife were opening their vegan restaurant Equivita (great, great name, BTW) – Aljaz Bedene was right next door in an Irish pub, consuming a *shudder* rare steak dripping with red blood.

Guess who’s playing Djokovic tomorrow? Yep, the carnivore Slovak transplant to the UK.

Now we know something about Djokovic’s Wimbledon doings. Eating grass wasn’t a special celebration. It was just lunch.


mat4 Says:

@Sarah:

Communism had a devastating effect on culture, as you should know. It was an accepted tradition to phonetically adapt names, and to use local forms of biblical/classical names in most of the European countries. Those traditions had mostly been lost in the East, although we still practice it. That’s why we write Eugene Ionesco, Georges (instead of George; the pronunciation is also quite different) Enesco, etc.

While we did it once because we loved our own culture and tradition, we will continue to do it because we are on the verge to become an illiterate nation, since the destruction of our scholar system continues. I was a pupil of the Habby reform, and when I arrived in Eastern Europe, back then, I was confronted with people much more educated than I was. I had to work hard for years to acquire a decent level of erudition.


Van Persie Says:

CF1,

I always compared Nole with a black Arabian horse. Looks like he knows to appreciate the best grass ;)


mat4 Says:

CF1:

“Now we know something about Djokovic’s Wimbledon doings. Eating grass wasn’t a special celebration. It was just lunch.”

Nice touch… lol :-)


Van Persie Says:

Mat 4,

I was teasing you with the “Enesco” thing ;)
Love also the way French prononciate the name of our Emil Cioran :)


Wog Boy Says:

CF1,

Bedene is Slovenian not Slovakian, I know, it is very confusing, but close enough, they are both Slavic nations.


mat4 Says:

@Sarah:

I forgot we were on a tennis forum, and I wrote a political/cultural pamphlet as an answer. I am very ashamed by the way Western Europe plundered the ex-communist countries, enslaved their population, and works hard to destroy their culture. But that’s what our “elites” do to us also.

I am well aware that you are a well educated person.


Van Persie Says:

“I am very ashamed by the way Western Europe plundered the ex-communist countries, enslaved their population, and works hard to destroy their culture. But that’s what our “elites” do to us also.”

Well Mat4, the govarnements from the Eastern countries are not doing better in this area. The problem is, that the middle class and the poor ones from East and West have to endure the consequences.


J-Kath Says:

Thanks Mat4. Much.


mat4 Says:

@Sarah:

… But I was right, some things have to be said. In France, we live in the illusion that our culture is great. But when I met the cultures of the countries in central, Eastern and South-eastern Europe, I realized it was utter non-sense. We are in no way better.


Pauly Says:

Wogboy

Raw garlic is the best


mat4 Says:

@J-Kath:

You’re welcome. For a long time now already.

@Sarah:

Let’s be honest: you don’t have a “government”. The “global elites” chose who will be elected everywhere.


mat4 Says:

@WB: Come on, give CF1 some slack. Slovenian and Slovakian means Slavs in both languages. And the two countries are so small you can’t find them on a globe…


mat4 Says:

@WB:

Anyway, Slovenia will become an Austrian province in less than two decades… ;-)


Van Persie Says:

Mat4,

I guess, it is human nature to have prejudices. The problem is, media is taking advantage of it, mostly in times of economical crises…never ending story.

But we should stop talking about that. Let’s enjoy tennis.
Hope Nole will get that FO trophy this time ;)


Van Persie Says:

“Let’s be honest: you don’t have a “government”. The “global elites” chose who will be elected everywhere.”

Completely agree, Mat 4. Romania is no longer a state, it is a colony…and many other countries are in the same situation.


danica Says:

Serbia as well.


Wog Boy Says:

Pauly,

Garlic is not just a food, it is medicine, and if you think I am joking..I am not.


Wog Boy Says:

danica,

If you are referring to “colonies”, agree, have to..sadly:(


danica Says:

Yes, I meant Serbia as a colony. No sovereignty, independence, strong, moral politician… Don’t get me started, wouldn’t be able to stop :((


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy

Garlic….hang it outside your door and you’ll keep the “naughty” witches away…guaranteed…I’ve kept a couple TX commentators away!!! PS: No, Margot….honest I didn’t mean you.


Giles Says:

I must say these Adidas zebras are really annoying me. What were Adidas thinking?
🤒😖😩


Margot Says:

It’s OK Wog Boy, Nole eats fish, he is not a veggie.
@ Giles
Does seem a bit of an overkill…..oh dearie me, I certainly hope not…..;)


Margot Says:

Joining in the politics here, many multi-national companies are far more powerful than smallish countries. Their GNP is far larger for a start.
C. Wright Mills: the fourth estate.


Wog Boy Says:

Margot,

Not good enough, but I’ll let him off the hook this time, because of you.


mat4 Says:

@Margot:

Behind companies, there are men. And behind those men, there is, at least, a long term project, and a few short term projects. E.g., Emmanuel Todd recently said that this EU, without middle class, with 20% of the population unemployed, was not a failure, but a goal successfully realized.

I won’t detail here nor the long term project, nor the short term projects, but I can assure you that they are all worse than you can imagine. I am deeply concerned about the fate of my children.

For the near future, ask yourself why Britain, France, Germany, are importing endogamic immigrations? You know, the ones that don’t mix with others?


Margot Says:

@ Wog Boy
Very glad to hear it….;)
@mat
Long tradition of that here eg Hasidic Jews, they are interesting in so far as most immigrant groups tightly cluster then gradually move, mingle and marry eg Caribbeans, but they haven’t and they’ve been here for ages.


Margot Says:

mat: Durkheim thought that bureaucracies/ corporations took on a life of own, independent of the “cogs in the wheel.” Take it you don’t agree?


mat4 Says:

@Margot: you haven’t done your homework… wrong examples.


mat4 Says:

Margot, Durkheim wrote in a different epoch. There is a coherent mind behind what’s happening. what exasperates me is that the agenda is hidden in plain sight.


Margot Says:

Yes, I acknowledge that mat, but I do find what he wrote very interesting, especially with the rise of intelligent computers.
Your being too obtuse for me, but I realise that this is an open forum so you need to sit in the chair facing the door….;)


mat4 Says:

You can send me a message through twitter (I am easy to find) and I send you my mail and we could talk freely.


ORLANDO Says:

“50 career Grand Slam wins”, what sort of dialectical garbage is that? A Grand Slam always means to win the four Majors in the same calendar year. The ones dead and alive players to have achieved that great performance are well known. The rest of great players in the whole tennis era have just been dreaming about be able to do something like that. Also they use “Career Grand Slams”, come on! rookie journalists, that probably never played tennis, give us a break!

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