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​Novak Djokovic Explains Why He Eats Grass After Winning Wimbledon

​Novak Djokovic Explains Why He Eats Grass After Winning Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic was crowned champion this evening after beating rival Roger Federer in the men's Wimbledon final.

It was an exhausting watch, so I can only imagine how knackering it must have been for the two players, who battled it out in what became the longest Wimbledon final ever - ending only after an unfortunate mis-hit from the Swiss star during a 12-12 fifth set tiebreak.

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And it seems as though it must have taken its toll on the Serbian champ, who was feeling so peckish after his long stint on the court that he decided to chow down on some grass as part of his victory celebrations.

If you were watching, you may have noticed that immediately after his win, Djokovic dropped to the floor and popped some grass in his mouth, happily chewing away for a few moments while basking in his glory.

Was this some sort of lucky way of commemorating his win, or was he really that starving?

Well, after being asked by the BBC about the strange ritual back in 2015, the champ said it was neither.

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"It tastes very, very good this year," he said, laughing.

"I don't know what the groundskeepers have done, but they've done a great job. It's a little tradition obviously."

I mean, if any grass is going to prove even remotely, it's hardly surprising that it's Wimbledon peddling the particularly good stuff.

Djokovic's victory today means he has now won the iconic Wimbledon Grand Slam a total of five times, making him level with Swedish former no. 1 player Björn Borg.

He is now up to 16 grand slam titles, which puts him two behind Rafael Nadal and four behind Federer.

Djokovic with his trophy. Credit: PA
Djokovic with his trophy. Credit: PA

"If this was not the most exciting final then it was definitely the top two or three," Djokovic said after his victory.

"I was up against one of the greatest players of all time, Roger, who I expect a lot. Unfortunately one player has to lose and we both had our chances.

"It's unreal to be two match points down and come back. It's a bit strange to play a tie-break at 12-all as well. I was hoping to get to the tie-breaks as well.

"And Roger says he hopes he can inspire others to believe they can do it at 32. I'm one of them.

"When I was a boy and dreaming to be a tennis player this always has been the tournament for me. I used to make trophies out of different materials in my room and it's extra special sharing it with my son in the crowd and my parents and my whole team. My wife and daughter are here in London but they are at home. I'll see them soon. Back to being dad too, I guess."

Right, can someone please now go and treat this champ to some steak, so he doesn't have to keep chewing on grass?

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: News, Wimbledon

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel (yeah, yeah, I know) and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

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