On Sunday, July 12, reigning world tennis champion Novak Djokovic commemorated his victory against Roger Federer by kneeling down to eat a few blades of grass from the court where he defeated his opponent.
Djokovic, now a third-time Wimbledon title-holder, has made a tradition of this “green diet” in recent years as a way to taste his success, quite literally.
“It tasted very, very good this year,” Djokovic told the BBC after beating Federer. “I don't know what the grounds people have done but they've done a good job. It's a little tradition, obviously. As a kid I was dreaming of winning Wimbledon, so, like every child, you dream of doing something crazy when you actually achieve it — if you achieve it — and that was one of the things.”
During a post-match press conference, Djokovic jokingly told journalists, “I was assured that it’s gluten free, it’s not processed, completely organic and natural, and I could eat it.”