Tennis star Novak Djokovic has taken time from serving up aces on the court to serving up vegan eats at his new plant-based restaurant in Monaco.
Called Eqvita, the Monte Carlo eatery was born of the passion he and and his wife, Jelena, share for healthy food. “Eqvita is more than a restaurant; it’s a story,” Djokovic said. “A love story to be precise.”
The 29-year-old Serbian athlete — who lives in Monte Carlo with his beautiful wife, toddler son, Stefan, and fluffy dogs Tesla and Pierre — saw huge gains in his game after a nutritionist advised him in 2010 to ditch gluten and dairy, and later he adopted a vegan diet.
Now, the current No. 1 men’s singles tennis champion may be inspiring his fellow court stars. Tennis pals Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Fabio Fognini and Grigor Dimitrov were among Djokovic’s guests at a pre-opening party of the Monte Carlo restaurant on April 10.
Here you’ll find fresh smoothies, cold-pressed juices, colorful meals, superfood ingredients such as açai, maca, hemp and chia, raw options, greens galore, and enticing desserts like Mango Cashew Cheesecake.
Check out a short video from Eqvita’s pre-opening party below.
Update: Of course, it’s awesome that Djovokic, who also owns two omnivorous restaurants in his native Serbia, established a plant-based eatery — even if he doesn’t follow the lifestyle to the letter. Recently, he described his diet as “vegan with eating a little bit of fish here and there.” We think the word you’re looking for, Nole, is “pescatarian.”