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Novak Djokovic Says His Tennis Success Is Down To A Plant-Based Diet

“I’m very pleased to be plant based and play at this level,” he said in a press conference after his third-round win. “There’s been a lot of criticism. People around me didn’t really think that I could do that. There was a lot of doubt and a lot of question marks.”

Despite the doubters, his career record clearly speaks for itself.

“I’m not a weightlifter, of course, but I do have an optimal balance between the strength and power and speed,” he says. “Nothing seems to be missing, at least from my experience, I will keep on enjoying that.”

But it’s not just performance benefits that have encouraged the 32-year-old to cut meat from his diet, ethical and environmental reasons are also behind the dietary changes.

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 “…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. The slaughtering of animals and farming and everything, that’s obviously also a huge impact on climate change which maybe people don’t talk about as much. It’s more than a performance reason for me, it’s a lifestyle, it’s something i’m really proud of.” 

“Hopefully that community grows even more; hopefully I can inspire other athletes that it is possible to be plant-based.”

Djokovic was a producer on the recent documentary Game Changers, joining other celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, and James Cameron to advocate a plant based diet for athletes.

“I was definitely very happy to be a part of a very impressive group of people. From sport, the movie industry, different fields of life, very successful people who are eating plant-based, being healthy, happy, and successful in what they do. This is what it is all about.”

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