Why Does Novak Djokovic Eat Grass at Wimbledon?

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Novak Djokovic has won the Wimbledon title four times and on every occasion he has had a taste of the centre court’s grass. Literally speaking. So why does Djokovic eat the Wimbledon grass after winning the tournament?

The Serb’s fourth Wimbledon title came in 2018 when he overcame a struggling Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) in the final to make it four of them.

He had earlier triumphed in the 2011, 2014 and 2015 editions of the competition, beating Rafael Nadal once and Roger Federer on two separate occasions to win the title.

Speaking at the post-match chat, Djokovic said of his latest instance of that curious celebration:

“The grass tasted really well. I had a double portion this year to treat myself.”

The first time Djokovic did exactly that was after the 2011 Wimbledon final where he defeated Rafael Nadal to win his first ever title at SW19. And he’s continued that tradition.

Question is, why does Djokovic do that?

Simply speaking, Djokovic does that as a way to celebrate the tournament win in a different way. In a way that is remembered in times to come.

He had said at the end of the 2018 Wimbledon, it’s a part of his tradition, one that he dreamed of as a kid.

“I’ve always dreamed of winning Wimbledon. Kind of constructed little trophies when I was seven years old, eight years old, of Wimbledon, raising that trophy in front of the mirror, imagining myself to be a Wimbledon champion.

That was always one of the biggest dreams.”

More recently, he added to that:

“I was thinking about jumping, spinning, different ways of celebration but I don’t know why. I just thought that having a little bit of taste of the grass would be a funny thing and it became a tradition.”

As on October 2018, the 31-year-old has won six Australian Open, one French Open and three US Open titles to go with his four Wimbledon wins. Djokovic has also won five World Tour Finals times.

Suneer Chowdhary
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Suneer is a Mumbai-based freelance sports journalist with a special affinity towards cricket and tennis. He has also covered six ICC tournaments including Cricket World Cups and Champions Trophy.

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