Plant-based tennis pro Novak Djokovic has won a record-extending ninth men’s title.
The star was victorious in the recent Australian Open – where he defeated Daniil Medvedev (7-5 6-2 6-2).
Reports say Djokovic’s 18th Grand Slam win puts him just two places behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the men’s record books.
Novak Djokovic’s plant-based diet
According to Essentially Sport, Djokovic said: “I’m very pleased to be plant-based and play on this level now for four-and-a-half years. There has been a lot of criticism also. You know, people around me didn’t really think that I could do that.
“It’s a lifestyle. More than just a diet because you have ethical reasons as well. Being conscious of what is happening in the animal world and you know the slaughtering of animals and farming and everything.
“There is obviously a huge impact as well on climate change that people maybe don’t talk about as much. It’s more than a performance for me, it’s a lifestyle. Something that I’m really proud of and hopefully that community grows.
Djokovic added: “Hopefully I can inspire other athletes that it is possible to be plant-based and to recover well, to have strength, [and] to have muscles.”
Is Novak Djokovic vegan?
Djokovic has publicly spoken about the benefits of a plant-based diet several times. However, he has stated that he doesn’t refer to himself as ‘vegan’.
“I don’t like the labels, to be honest. I do eat plant-based (food), for quite a few years already,” he said. “But because of the misinterpretations of labels and misuse of labels, I just don’t like that kind of name.”