Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic says his vegan diet is the secret to his success. Djokovic—who is currently ranked the world’s No.2 best in men’s singles tennis—comes from a family of food-lovers; his parents used to own a pizza restaurant in Kopaonik, Serbia. He still loves food and has even opened his own vegan restaurant, Eqvita, where he lives in Monte Carlo.
But for Djokovic, food isn’t just gustatory pleasure. It’s the key to his success. “Because of my family, I’ve always had a love for food,” he explained. “But as an athlete, it became something more.”
“Food is the fuel that determines how I play, how I recover, and how alert I am on the court,” he added. “I attribute a great deal of my professional success to my diet.”