Tennis Ace Novak Djokovic is Now Serving Up Vegan Eats

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.

Jelena and Novak Djokovic at their new vegan restaurant EqvitaCalled 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.

Raw Flatbread PizzaThe restaurant’s locale might be ritzy but the place is casual, featuring what the Djokovics’ call “nature-centric cuisine.”

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.”