Marian Vajda: 'Novak Djokovic doesn't eat meat, he is vegetarian'



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Marian Vajda: 'Novak Djokovic doesn't eat meat, he is vegetarian'

In a long interview to Dennik Sport, Marian Vajda commented on his reunion with the Serb Novak Djokovic. The Slovakia's coach revealed how the Serb got at his best shape again. 'We all pulled in the same direction and we pulled strongly – thanks to that, Novak has made significant progress and has won Wimbledon, which is a fantastic success.

Gebhard (Gristch, fitness trainer) got him back in the physical shape quickly, Novak‘s muscle fibres are ideal for tennis. But his muscles needed strengthening. His diet is dominantly vegetarian, but he needed some animal proteins as well.

It‘s not possible without those. That is why Novak had adjusted his diet to include eating more fish as he doesn‘t eat other kind of meat. Now his muscles are in perfect condition, he is following all the right habits and doing what it takes to be a champion.

I hope it continues for US Open as well.' He also recalled Djokovic's call: 'Novak called me after his loss against (Benoit) Paire in Miami. He called me from Dominican Republic. He was on holiday with his family after two years.

I was at home. He called me and we talked almost one hour. I caught him full of doubts and he asked me about my opinion on his tennis. He wasn´t clear on how his game should look. He wasn´t sure about his team, which was lead by (Andre) Agassi and (Radek) Stepanek.

He told me, he got a hunch, that i could coach him again. He had a feeling, that he can´t find right team. He was constantly comparing present and past in his head. I was out from top tennis for a year and I had many offers, but I refused them all, because I didn‘t fell ready for coming back.

It´s tough to coach anyone after Novak. I experienced and accomplished everything possible in tennis with him.' ALSO READ: 'I would invite Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Kyrgios to a party'