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“I Earned Enough Money to Feed Serbia”: Tennis Champ, Djokovic Opens a Restaurant for the Homeless

Tennis champ Novak Djokovic plans to open a restaurant in his home country of Serbia, where meals for the homeless are free.

The world number six tennis Novak Djokovic has developed, along with his sporting career, a career that is little known: after opening two restaurants, he is now preparing for the inauguration of a third establishment in his Serbia native.

Money is not a problem for me. I have earned enough to feed all of Serbia

The news features a big surprise: the player plans to offer a free family kitchen for the homeless and other people in need. “Money is not a problem for me. I have earned enough to feed all of Serbia. I think they deserve it after the support I received from them, “the champion said in a statement released by the Daily Mirror. At 30, Novak Djokovic, has indeed accumulated more than 109 million euros of winnings in tournaments, except sponsors.

Of all the things I’ve experienced in my life, food is the one that has the biggest impact on me.

The triple winner of Wimbledon is one of those huge vegan or vegetarian champions such as Carl Lewis or the Williams sisters, but nothing says whether his new facility will be vegan or not. Sensitized to nutrition issues – his parents owned several restaurants – he began drastically changing his eating habits in 2011. He first eliminated gluten before finally adopting an exclusively vegetable diet.

The champion attributes his successes to his change of regime. “Thanks to my family, I’ve always been in love with cooking. But as an athlete, it has become crucial: the fuel that determines how I play, how I recover, and my attitude on the court, “said the player, whose remarks were reported by the Daily Mirror. 

 Food is my passion. Of all the things I’ve experienced in my life, food is the one that has the biggest impact on me. I would like to share this with everyone, “he added. And it is true that the champion has won 11 of his 12 Grand Slam titles starting in 2011, year of his conversion to vegan diet. This passion has already led him to open the restaurant Novak in Belgrade in 2009, and the vegan canteen Eqvita in Monte Carlo, where he resides with his family, inaugurated in 2016. It seems that one can often meet the champion in the walls of its establishment.

“Nole”, injured this season at the elbow, announced on his site to put his training to sleep in order to return to a better level in 2018. However, his name continues to make headlines. The champion has indeed a second child with his wife Jelena at the beginning of September, and he continues the activities of his foundation Novak Djokovic, which develops educational projects for young children in Serbia.

It has even signed a partnership with the World Bank, which will work with the Serbian authorities to combat inequalities affecting children from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds. The specialized agency of the United Nations has granted $ 50 million to this cause. The World Bank statement said in the World Bank statement in 2015  : “We must … ensure that all children have equal opportunities to develop and become productive citizens of the world, concerned. As a child, I was fortunate to receive this vital support, and my dream is that every child in Serbia and everywhere can develop his potential. “

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