Former world No. 17 Bernard Tomic revealed he was inspired by 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic to turn vegan. Djokovic's is one of the accomplished players in tennis history and he has always been very strict about his diet.
"Yes, like (if his old diet included fast food) you know, I wasn't very professional with the outside stuff I was doing, with the eating, with the training obviously," Tomic said during his appearance on the Functional Tennis Podcast, as revealed on Sportskeeda.
Tomic, who reached the Wimbledon quarterfinal as a teenager in 2011, doubts he will ever again return to his old diet. "You know I changed to Vegan two and a half, three years ago and I love it, it's an amazing feeling," Tomic added.
"A lot of successful people are vegan. I got inspired actually by Novak, so it was something I tried and it worked for me. I don't think I'll ever go back to eating anything else so I'm a proud vegan."
Tomic says his health has improved since turning vegan
"The taste of meat, don't get me wrong, it's unbelievable but like I don't miss it because there's animals involved and I'm all about that.
I mean I believe in Karma, you know you do the right thing and there's always something around," Tomic said. "It's not just that but for my health as well. I mean my health has overall gone a lot better in the last couple of years."
A few years ago, Djokovic said he wasn't a fan of being labeled. “I don’t like the labels, to be honest. I do eat plant-based (food), for quite a few years already," Djokovic said in 2019. Meanwhile, Tomic is determined to have a big bounce back season in 2022. Tomic has had a couple of bad seasons and he he has plummeted to No. 260 in the world.