Novak Djokovic: Nutrition – Gluten-free diet

Novak Djokovic at US Open 2013

Novak Djokovic gained the OnCourt Advantage by modifying what he put into his body in order to feel better, shed excess weight and achieve al lot more in his life. You can too, regardless of your current fitness level, health, weight and age.

Nutritional supplements such as creatine monohydrate and specific eating plans like Djokovic’s approach of eliminating gluten from his daily eating habits are part of the life of tennis pros.

The 26-year-old Djokovic reaped the rewards of being disciplined with his nutritional habits and continually looking into ways to refine his diet. The 1.88m Serbian loved pasta and bread but went gluten-free in 2010 after being disappointed in losing to Tomas Berdych in his second Wimbledon semi final, with the goal of realising his two childhood dreams: to win Wimbledon and earn the World No.1 ranking. Djokovic up until then was plagued by aches, breathing difficulties, fading stamina in long matches and with injuries.

After Wimbledon, Djokovic followed up by being the runner-up to Rafael Nadal who was at the peak of his career in 2010 at the US Open. During the 2010 US Open from the 1st Round onwards, an overwhelming agreement by sportswriters, tennis experts, commentators and past players was that Djokovic had lost too much weight and hence power since Wimbledon, so in their view had taken a backward step in his mission to win a scond Grand Slam singles title and contend for No.1. However, the standard idea of putting on muscle, hence weight to become stronger and more powerful is flawed.

The now 6-time Grand Slam singles champion, remained committed to his nutrition plan that definitely allowed him to shed excess weight, recover faster and sustain his energy to the end of each match. Most importantly, he really improved the critical physical performance factor in tennis – your power-to-weight ratio. This mechanical advantage provided him with far greater energy efficiency, agility and speed of movement and an indisputable edge over his opponents.

In 2011, many people agree that Djokovic had the greatest single season ever in men’s professional tennis history appearing even lighter then he was at the 2010 US Open. Not powerful enough to be successful in taking the next step hey? Haha. Djokovic certainly was laughing all the way as he achieved both the World No.1 ranking for the first time, won Wimbledon upon reaching his first final and prior to both of these winning both his singles rubbers in the 2010 Davis Cup final to help Serbia become chamopions for the first time in history.

The facts – in 2011 Djokovic won…

  • A career-best 10 singles titles from 11 finals;
  • 70 matches to just 6 losses;
  • 3 Grand Slams, Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open;
  • 41 consecutive match winning streak and 43 if you include his 2 Davis Cup Final wins;
  • A record 5 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles in the same year;
  • 6 wins over the 2010 king of tennis: Rafael Nadal;
  • Was the first player to win 20 matches against Top 10 opponents in a season since 1985;
  • The World No. 1 ranking for 1st time (on July 4, 2011 after winning Wimbledon);
  • Set an all-time men’s record in season prize money with $12,619,803; and
  • Was crowned the year-end World No.1.