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  1. Celiac.com 09/29/2015 - In his new autobiography, world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic opens up about how positive blood screens for gluten antibodies changed his diet, and how his diet changed his career. Through 2010, Djokovic had seen some notable late-match collapses, and was even forced to drop out from competitions due to health reasons. Many thought his career in peril. He was referred to doctor Igor Cetojevic, M.D, who recommended several tests, including an ELISA test. ELISA is a common test for malaria and HIV, but it can also be used in the determination of food allergies. Djokovic’s ELISA indicated an intolerance to wheat and dairy products. The doctor immediately advised Djokovic to change his diet, especially to eliminate high-gluten foods like bread. The scientific evidence is pretty strong that a gluten-free diet is only useful for athletic performance if the athlete is gluten-free, and here is a case where it seems to have made the difference. After adopting a fairly strict gluten-free diet, especially during training and match play, Djokovic has seen remarkable success on the court. He has played strong, injury-free tennis and has won multiple grand slam titles with nearly zero defeats, and no late-match bonking of days past. Read more at Healthaim.com.
  2. Celiac.com 08/13/2015 - When Novak Djokovic ended Roger Federer's hopes of an eighth Wimbledon title with a powerful 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory on Centre Court, he celebrated with a little taste of the famous Wimbledon grass. Tennis' top ranked Djokovic let out a resounding bellow after claiming his own eighth Grand Slam of his own, before a bit of good-natured turf snacking. The 28-year-old joked that he had incorporated Wimbledon grass to his gluten-free training diet because "I was assured that's it's gluten free, it's not processed, completely organic and natural and I could eat it," he said. "So I had no reaction." Read more at Express.co.uk.
  3. Celiac.com 07/08/2014 - Gluten-free tennis superstar Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title by outlasting the Swiss player, and seven-time champion, Roger Federer in five sets last Sunday. Up 5-2 in the fourth set, Djokovic was unable to capitalize at match point, but held on for a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 victory at Centre Court. The championship returns the 27-year-old Serb to the world’s No. 1 ranking. Djokovic has seen his fortune improve since moving to a gluten-free diet, and credits his subsequent successes on court to his diet and to his mental conditioning. The rivalry between Djokovic and Federer has remained evenly balanced over the years. The two have faced each other 35 times, with Federer leading 18–17. They have faced off in a record 12 Grand Slam matches, including two finals, and a record nine semifinals. The win marked Djokovic's seventh Grand Slam title, ending a streak of three consecutive losses in major finals, and in five of his past six. Stay tuned for news on Djokovic’s progress, and on his gluten-free diet.
  4. Celiac.com 10/11/2013 - World No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic credits a gluten-free diet with strong improvement in his performance and his success on the court. Now, word comes that Djokovic has got his pet dog eating gluten-free, as well. In 'Serve To Win', Djokovic's book about his gluten-free diet, he writes of a marked improvement in his health and well-being since he discovered his intolerance to gluten, and began eating gluten-free. According to Djokovic, he has even put his dog, Pierre, on a gluten-free diet, and the dog has also become more healthy. Dogs can, in fact, react to gluten in pet food. You can read more about that in an earlier article, Gluten and Toxins in Pet Foods: Are they Poisoning Your Pets? The article discusses gluten in pet foods, and the questionable role in canine diets. So, maybe Djokovic is making a sensible choice and his dog is reaping the benefits of a gluten-free canine diet. What do you think? Is it crazy to put a dog on a gluten-free diet, or could it be good for the dog? Share your comments below. Source: http://www.aninews.in/newsdetail6/story128099/-039-diet-obsessed-039-djokovic-puts-pet-dog-on-gluten-free-regime-for-fitness-.html
  5. Celiac.com 08/30/2013 - World's top-ranked tennis star, Novak Djokovic credits his recent success on the court to his gluten-free diet. Fans looking for nutrition tips from the Serbian tennis master can look no further than Djokovic's new book "Serve to Win: The 14-Day Gluten-Free Plan for Physical and Mental Excellence'' The book, described as a ''nutrition-based performance guide," will be released by Zinc Ink/Random House before the US Open tournament later this summer. Since adopting a "performance-focused" gluten-free diet in late 2010, Djokovic has won six of his seven Grand Slam tournament championships. In 2011, he won Wimbledon and the Australian and US Opens. In 2012 and 2013, he won the Australian Open again. Djokovic says that his gluten-free fueling has made him lighter, healthier, and more focused. It has, he adds, "made all the difference in my career and in my life."
  6. 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. In an effort to reap the benefits of a strict gluten-free diet, Djokovic has turned to help from his mom. He says his mother’s home cooking has helped him stick to the dietary plan. “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.
  7. Celiac.com 02/14/2013 - Gluten-free tennis sensation Novak Djokovic's recent five set victory over Andy Murray at Melbourne Park makes him the first man in the 45-year Open era to win three consecutive Australian Opens. Since going gluten-free in 2010, after tests indicated that he suffered from gluten-intolerance, the 25-year-old Djokovic is undefeated at the Australian Open, and virtually unstoppable on the court. Following a high-protein, gluten-free diet, Djokovic now avoids most starches, including his past favorites, pizza and pasta. The Serbian tennis star credits the gluten-free diet with sharp improvements to his tennis and his health. “Mentally, you’ll be fresh, you’ll be happier, you’ll be calmer," said Djokovic. Physically, you’ll be stronger, faster, more dynamic, your muscles will work better. That’s what I feel." At first, the already slim 6-foot-2 Djokovic lost 10 pounds after cutting gluten out of his diet, but insists it has only helped his game. "I have lost some weight but it's only helped me, because my movement is much sharper now and I feel great physically," said Novak, whose weight now hovers at 176 pounds. “I am very skinny. [but] I am fast and very powerful on the court, so this is what matters.” When he's not in training, Djokovic has been known to backslide and eat some of his old favorites, including pizza and pasta, a pattern familiar to many folks seeking to follow a gluten-free diet, especially those who don't suffer immediate symptoms. However, he says that following a gluten-free diet brings out his best. "If you can mentally overcome this greed and eat only the food that is good for your metabolism, then you will have the best results, not just in tennis but in life as well," he says. Djokovic has now won a total of four Australian Open trophies: In 2008, and then 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  8. Celiac.com 03/02/2012 - Riding high on a gluten-free diet and new training regimen, Novak Djokovic survived eleven grueling hours of tennis over three days to emerge as the 2012 Australian Open men's champion. Less than two days after an impressive five set victory over Andy Murray, Djokovic was back on court at Melbourne Park for a six-hour battle against Rafael Nadal. So what's fueling such remarkable feats of endurance by a player once derided by fellow pro Andy Roddick as a hypochondriac? Djokovic adopted a gluten free diet in July 2010, after nutritionist Igo Cetojevic discovered that the Serb suffered from celiac disease, and thus from poor nutritional absorption and other problems associated with his body's adverse reaction to gluten. Since going gluten-free, Djokovic has seen quick and steady results, including a 64-match victory streak and won four grand titles. Now, lest we chalk-up his success to a gluten-free diet, it's important to realize that Djokovic spends many hours working on physical development, in addition to lots of heavy drilling on the court. That includes three intense interval sessions in a week, and three heavy lifting sessions in a week. All tolled, it adds up to twenty hours or more of serious training. When nutrition, training and skill come together in an athlete as strong and talented as Novak Djokovic, the results are stunning to behold. Will Djokovic continue his gluten-free domination of men's tennis? Stay tuned for more news.
  9. Celiac.com 09/22/2011 - Serbian Tennis star Novak Djokovic has gone on a major victory streak since going gluten-free late last year, winning 62 matches, including the Wimbledon championship, and losing just two in 2011. Most recently, Djokovic earned his first-ever U.S. Open tennis championship with a grueling 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1 victory over Rafael Nadal that took 4 hours and 10 minutes to complete. Djokovic, who had been hovering near the top of the men's world tennis rankings for several years, credits his most recent break through to a gluten-free diet. Djokovic adopted the gluten-free diet after testing by his nutritionist showed him to be gluten intolerant. Because Djokovic cannot process the carbohydrates that were his most common fuel source, and he was forced to find alternative foods to provide the energy and stamina needed to prevail in long matches. With just two losses this year coming to Roger Federer in the Semifinals of the French Open, and to Andy Murray in the finals in Cincinnati, Djokovic is having the best year of his career. He credits this change to his gluten-free diet. "I have lost some weight but it's only helped me because my movement is much sharper now and I feel great physically," said an energized Djokovic, who has now beaten Rafael Nadal in five finals this year. This shows that, while it is possible for people with gluten intolerance to excel in life, even while not getting proper nutrition, getting diagnosed and adopting a gluten-free diet can have clear and obvious benefits, and can, in some cases be the crucial difference in success. The gluten-free community should keep their eyes on Novak Djokovic to see how a focused gluten-free diet can make a major difference for people who are gluten intolerant.