Novak Djokovic – Vegan or Not?

“[T]he fuel … determines how I play, how I recover and how alert I am on the court. … I attribute a great deal of my professional success to my diet.”

-World’s No. 1 ranked tennis player, Novak Djokovic

Clearly one of the greatest tennis players of all time and currently ranked world No.1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), sanding alone at the top of the list with an all-time record of 30 Masters 1000 series titles plus 12 Grand Slam singles titles, six Australian Open titles, and only the third man to hold all four major titles in one year – the first man to do so in more than 45 years, Novak Djokovic is the favorite to win the upcoming US Open, and he might just be a vegan, depending on who you listen to.

This past week, PETA.org wrote that Djokovic IS a vegan, having stopped eating meat a year ago, and having gone so far with his new lifestyle to have opened his own vegan restaurant, Eqvita, in Monte Carlo. Peta.org describes Eqvita has featuring a “nature-centric” cuisine”, serving such dishes as raw lasagna and a protein bowl that includes “chickpeas, broccoli, mushrooms, green tahini sauce and chef’s special candied carrots”.

But how “vegan” is Djokovic? In a Wall Street Journal article from this past May, Djokovic described himself as a “Vegan with a Little Fish Here and There”, or, in more familiar terms, a

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pescatarian, or one who does not eat any land animals or birds, but who does eat fish and other seafood.

So, should Djokovic be included among the legion of celebrities who ARE vegan, along with Pres. Bill Clinton, Reverend and political activist and commentator Al Sharpton, actress, producer and author Alicia Silverstone, actress, scientist and restauranteur Mayim Bialik, writer and director James Cameron, actress, dancer, scientist and activist Natalie Portman, and others whose dedication and full compliance is seemingly beyond reproach?

Maybe a visit to Monaco and a meal at Eqvita might be an influencing factor, but for now, despite statements from Djokovic
that he is a vegan, his other other pronouncements of eating fish “but not meat”, do not really cut it as him being a true vegan.



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