Novak Djokovic reportedly switched to a gluten-free diet after failing a strength test while holding a piece of bread
Novak Djokovichas a famously strict, plant-based diet.
- Djokovic believed he had food allergies after he failed a strength test, ESPN's Sam Borden reported.
Novak Djokovic has frequently credited his success to a strict diet that he believes has helped his on-court performance and recovery.
According to ESPN's Sam Borden, Djokovic was convinced to switch to this diet, which is
In 2010, Djokovic met with Dr. Igor Cetojevic, a Bosnian Serb, who believed Djokovic's frequent physical breakdowns in matches were the result of a wheat allergy, Borden wrote.
According to Borden, Cetojevic told Djokovic to put one hand against his stomach while holding the other straight out with his palm up. Cetojevic pushed down on this hand and told Djokovic to resist the pressure, which Djokovic easily did.
Cetojevic then told Djokovic to do the same thing while holding a piece of bread against his stomach, Borden reported. This time, Cetojevic easily pushed Djokovic's hand down.
"He was clearly weaker," Cetojevic told Borden. "It showed that his body was resisting the wheat."
According to Borden, Djokovic underwent further testing for allergies and sensitivities and re-tooled his diet.
In his 2014 book, "Serve to Win," Djokovic wrote that his diet pushed him over the edge.
"Suddenly there was an X factor, a change in my diet that allowed my body to perform the way it was meant to," Djokovic wrote.
He rarely drinks anything but water — room-temperature water, according to Borden.
Djokovic's holistic views on food and medicine have occasionally exposed him to criticism. In 2020, during an Instagram Live, Djokovic curiously claimed that positive thinking and prayer could turn polluted water into clean water.
His refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccine has cost him several tournaments this season.
But he is set to play in the French Open, where he'll look to defend his title and match Rafael Nadal's 21 slams.
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