The influence and prestige of world number one Novak Djokovic now have a completely global reach, he who managed to conquer 18 Grand Slam races and overcome the absolute record of weeks spent at the top of the ATP ranking, previously held by the Swiss Roger Federer.
Born in 1987, Nole is also the only player in the history of our sport to have triumphed 9 times at the Australian Open, to have won all nine Masters 1000 tournaments and to have amassed a total prize pool of approximately 145 million dollars.
However, Novak's popularity can only reach its peak in the Balkan region of which he is a native. Thus, news has come in the last hours of a truly extraordinary and singular fact: according to the magazine 'Subterranean Biology', a new species of snail discovered in Vrijesko Vrelo, in Montenegro, has been renamed in honor of him.
“I am honored that a new species of snail has received my name, because I am a huge fan of nature and ecosystems and I appreciate all kinds of animals and plants,” said Djokovic, as also revealed by the EssentiallySports website.
“I try to live in harmony with nature. The news made me laugh”. The official scientific name attributed to the snail is 'Travunijana Djokovici' The number one in the world continued joking: “I don't know how symbolic this is, because throughout my career I have always tried to be fast and then a snail is renamed with my name.
Maybe it's a message for me, maybe they're telling me to slow down a bit!" During his post-match press conference in Belgrade, Novak Djokovic was quizzed extensively about his views on vaccines and their growing demand amongst the players on the ATP tour.
But the Serb took a non-committal stand, asserting that he didn't want to be dragged into the 'sensitive' issue.
Novak Djokovic was quizzed extensively about his views on vaccines
"It's such a sensitive, sensitive topic right now," Novak Djokovic said.
"And people are getting very emotional about this. But when it comes to vaccinations, I'm always a proponent of liberty and freedom of choice. So I think this is something right now that I just don't want to get involved in.
If I say yes or no, I will be drawn into one team," he added. "And then, you know, there's a lot of conflict right now between the people that want to get vaccinated and the people that don't want to get vaccinated because there's a lot of uncertainty out there.
So I don't want to answer this question because I don't want to be part of the media campaign in that game, I just don't want." During his press conference, Novak Djokovic was also asked if he himself would take the COVID-19 vaccine.
"And, in our case, the decision whether I'm going to get vaccinated or not for myself, I think it's a it's a private, it's an intimate decision," Novak Djokovic said. "And I don't want to go into this game of a pro and against vaccines, which the media unfortunately is creating nowadays."