Celiac.com 04/25/2013 - Anyone who has ever struggled with a gluten-free diet can likely identify with tennis star Novak Djokovic. The wold's top tennis player has struggled to faithfully remain 100% gluten-free, and has turned to his mom for a bit of help.
Still, the wold's top tennis player has struggled to faithfully remain 100% gluten-free, and admits being tempted by the Balkan foods on which he grew up.
“I eat mostly at home, my mom cooks special food,” says Djokovic, whose father owned a pizza restaurant, and who grew up in a culture which features plenty of red meat, dumpling and sweet desserts.
Djokovic has worked to avoid these and other gluten-rich foods over the past few seasons as he has risen to the top of the tennis rankings.
“It’s hard, because in our country there is a certain kind of mentality towards the food. That is not very encouraging for gluten-free diet.”
With mom's help, however, Djokovic is finding out just how delicious gluten-free food can be.
“For me it’s absolutely normal now to have that food, and back home I love mom’s kitchen. That’s the most time spent eating there.”
For now, join us in saluting Novak Djokovic and his mother in their battle to keep him gluten free, and stay tuned to learn more about Djokovic's efforts to harness his diet to improve his success on the tennis court.