Novak Djokovic is a plant-powered tennis player from Serbia.
In fact, he was the first ever Serbian player to be ranked number one by the ATM (Association of Tennis Professionals). His successes include numerous Grand Slam, Wimbledon, US and French Open titles and he has achieved the Career Grand Slam (all four major championships in one format).
As well as being vegan, he is gluten intolerant – something he has written about extensively in his book Serve to Win. He has also been described as the world’s best athlete in tennis – some accolade!
So how come he turned to veganism? Well, he has been quoted as saying:
One of the reasons I’m vegan is through Buddhism, which practices compassion for all sentient beings, including humans.
Sentiments with which I’m sure many vegans can relate.
Djokovic, who was born in May 1987, has also been keen to point out that it is possible to lead a vegan lifestyle while those close to you decide to follow a different path. On this, he has stated:
I’ve been a vegan for many, many years… but the fact is most people I know are NOT vegan, and you have to have enough compassion and understanding in your heart to NOT crucify people who aren’t.
Novak Djokovic also hits the myth that vegans are weak into the long grass with a powerful serve which puts many of his fellow players to shame. Not only is he a vegan athlete, but he also opened his own vegan restaurant – taking the lifestyle to the masses in Monte Carlo through Eqvita and sharing his diet with residents and visitors in the district he calls home. His parents also ran restaurants when Djokovic was growing up.
The tennis star has also said,
I attribute a great deal of my professional success to my diet.
You can’t get a better endorsement of veganism than that.