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Five-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic says he feels ‘healthier overall’ on a plant-based diet.

In a recent interview with WIRED, the professional tennis player answered the internet’s most searched questions about himself. 

The ‘evolution of my nutrition’

When asked whether he was gluten-free, Djokovic replied: “Yes, I am gluten-free since 2010, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. I’m also plant-based, it’s the whole evolution of my nutrition in the last ten years.

“I’m just healthier overall, I have more energy, I sleep better, as an athlete I recover better, I have better concentration on the court, I run faster.”

Djokovic also said he eschews from eating animal products ‘because of the planet’ and ‘sustainability’, adding: “I think going plant-based is the way.” 


Speaking at a post-match conference, Djokovic told the press he did not like being called vegan.

“I don’t like the labels, to be honest. I do eat plant-based (food), for quite a few years already,” he added.

“But because of the misinterpretations of labels and misuse of labels, I just don’t like that kind of name.

“I do eat plant-based. I think that’s one of the reasons why I recover well. I don’t have allergies that I used to have any more. And I like it.”

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.