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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 Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.