The plant-Based tennis pro who won the record-extending 9th Australian Open speaks about his meat-free journey and how it enhances his life and career.

Plant-based tennis pro Novak Djokovic has won a record-extending ninth men’s title. The star was victorious in the recent Australian Open – where he defeated Daniil Medvedev (7-5 6-2 6-2).

Djokovic’s 18th Grand Slam win puts him just two places behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the men’s record books.

Novak Djokovic’s plant-based diet

According to Essentially Sport, Djokovic said: “I’m very pleased to be plant-based and play on this level now for four-and-a-half years. There has been a lot of criticism also. You know, people around me didn’t really think that I could do that.

“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 and you know the slaughtering of animals and farming and everything. Hopefully I can inspire other athletes that it’s possible to be plant-based and to recover well, to have strength, and to have muscles.”

“There is obviously a huge impact as well on climate change that people maybe don’t talk about as much. It’s more than a performance for me, it’s a lifestyle. Something that I’m really proud of and hopefully that community grows.”

Is Novak Djokovic vegan?

Djokovic has publicly spoken about the benefits of a plant-based diet several times. However, he has stated that he doesn’t refer to himself as ‘vegan’.

“I don’t like the labels, to be honest. I do eat plant-based (food), for quite a few years already,” he said. “But because of the misinterpretations of labels and misuse of labels, I just don’t like that kind of name.”

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