Novak Djokovic’s Secret to Success: No More Pizza [Video]
by Tom Gainey | April 26th, 2011, 9:41 am

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic has talked a lot this season about his improved mental game and off court training and resolution of personal issues that have led to his newfound form. Yesterday during his media day at his home Serbian Open in Belgrade, Djokovic opened up even more and revealed that part of his rise is attributable to his diet!

“Changing diet has brought great results,” Djokovic said who hired a new face to his team, someone to watch over what he eats.

“His name is Igor Cetojevic, he is a nutritionist and he’s done a great job in changing my diet after we established I am allergic to some food ingredients like gluten,” Djokovic told Reuters.

“It means I can’t eat stuff like pizza, pasta and bread. I have lost some weight but it’s only helped me because my movement is much sharper now and I feel great physically.

“A lot of people have been guessing and speculating what the secret formula of my good form was but there is no secret, it’s just that all the pieces have fallen into place after years of hard work and we are now reaping the rewards,” he added.

Djokovic, the top seed, will make his 2011 red clay debut Wednesday evening at 8pm against against the winner of the Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo and Adrian Ungur match. Djokovic has won all 24 matches this year, 26 dating back to Davis Cup last season.

“I am really looking forward to playing in my city in front of my home crowd,” Djokovic said. “Its going to be a great event. I invite everyone to come and watch some pro tennis.”

Here’s video of Djokovic’s trip to the Avala Tower. He was joined by Fernando Gonzalez and Viktor Troicki.

And if you can understand it here’s his press conference from yesterday.

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22 Comments for Novak Djokovic’s Secret to Success: No More Pizza [Video]

stu Says:

Really? It took them so long to figure out that he has a gluten allergy? He’s a top sportsman for goodness sake!

skeezerweezer Says:

Give up Pizza? Nole, your a bigger man than I, I could NEVER give up Pizza! ;-)

Kimberly Says:

they have some delicious gluten free pizzas with rice crust, they have a restaurant in Miami called pizza fusion that serves them. If I was a Nole fan I would alert his team. But as I am a Rafa fan he will have to figure that one out on his own!!!! (kidding)

navin israni Says:

@stu gluten allergy is not something easily has effects that may not be noticed easily…which obviously takes a nutrionist to properly plan the test and conduct it

tennisfansince76 Says:

jeeesh i could have told him fact i did on this very blog last spring. respiratory allergies often have underlying food allergies most commonly to wheat and/or dairy. he should see a good chinese herbalist/acupuncturist.

stu Says:

navin, I just assumed he had consulted nutritionists, considering he has been playing at a professional level for almost 8 years now. Gluten allergies are not uncommon.

zola Says:

I am glad he found the allergy. It can make a huge difference on a person’s energy level and health. I know people with Gluten allergy who were told they had arthritis or other degenerative diseases and the symptoms all went away the minute they gave up gluten.

killerc Says:

gluten allergies are a pain in the butt! gotta friend who has one and totally ruins his fun of eating the good yummy food lol
Totally explains a lot of his difficulties though! glad they noticed it this soon..
Sometimes takes small changes to get things going in the right direction.. Getting in shape, eating right — all combine into a winning formula.. Even for us normal folk – can take that knowledge away from reading this article!

queen Says:

Nole is an idiot.

jane Says:

No way. He is quite intelligent. Go Nole!

Skeezerweezer Says:

I wish I was an Idiot. If that is what it takes to play exciting winning tennis, then I’m all in :)

Polo Says:

queen, if Nole is an idiot, what are you?

queen Says:

Polo Says:
queen, if Nole is an idiot, what are you?

Queen lol

sar Says:

I may try the gluten diet myself–could stand to lose 5-10.

Nina Says:

Now we know why he had to give away so many bagels and breadsticks ;)
… this new diet is no Djoke!

Maratsafin Says:

pizza? Never………now vodka? Hmmmm………that’s different

Don Says:

What a Djoker. Nadal is the MAN.

Jackie Dye Says:

Novak, Good for you and your nutritionist for spotting your allergy to gluten. I have a similar allergy so support all that you do to improve your health. You are my very favorite tennis player. I cheer for you always -ever since you started to play. I was an Aggasi fan and when he retired, I was looking for a new man to cheer for. You are that man. How I admire your play and often sit on the edge of my seat when matches get close. I always want
you to win and am pleased you are playing so brilliantly and have
found the key to your exceptional play. My blessings always.

Bubili Says:

Geee, he’s been playing tennis like forever and to discover that alergy just now? Something’s fishy?!

Paul Says:

What is so strange ,health and fitness if he feels good then he has a greater chance of playing well
like others i am a bit bemused by the fact it has taken so long to work out what the problem was

Srdjana Says:

My mother had all manner of health problems for years and saw many doctors who gave her every imaginable test – they even removed her gall bladder thinking that was the culprit. Just two months ago, someone finally mentioned gluten allergy as a possible cause. And voila, that was it!

tennisfansince76 Says:

Nole can still have pizza. it would have to be the wheat free, dairy free kind they have at cafe gratitude out here in NorCal

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