Was Novak Djokovic’s plant based diet a factor in his Wimbledon win? When men’s tennis champ Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer to win his fifth title at Wimbledon, the epic final went on for nearly five hours, earning it the record of the longest Wimbledon singles final ever.

Despite the marathonic nature of the five-set, three tie-break match, Djokovic barely seemed out of breath. The 32-year-old was able to maintain his calm composure throughout, batting aside match points against him and going on to win the final set 13-12.

So what part does his plant-based diet play in his impressive on-court performance? Only a few days before the final, Djokovic credited his good health and speedy recovery times to his food choices: “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.”

While the world number one male tennis player is careful not to refer to himself as ‘vegan,’ his motivations are certainly something we can get behind. Djokovic explains: “It is about how this diet affects the world, not just personal health, but also sustainability, ecology, animals.”

With the numerous benefits, both for the individual and beyond, we’re thrilled to see more and more athletes opting for a plant-based diet.


Image: Novak Djokovic/Instagram

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Lucy is a freelance writer, researcher, and avid reader. As a part of her lifelong pursuit of ethical living, she is always open to a lively discussion on all things ethics and keen to hear different perspectives. She has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Murdoch University, which, very occasionally, gets put to use.

She current lives with her partner in Sydney, where she spends far too much of her time crocheting.

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