The Wall Street Journal called him “the world’s best athlete of 2011.” He’s beaten Nadal four times straight. His first name sounds like a last name.
His name is Novak Djokovic and if you’ve heard of him you’re at least one of the following:
1. A dude.
2. A dude who watches ESPN exclusively even when the “good” sports are off-season.
4. Over 40.
If you haven’t, you’ll hear of him soon because he’s unstoppable on the tennis court. And I’m thinking his nutritionist got a big raise
See, Djokovic’s nutritionist discovered last year that he has a gluten allergy, and since he dropped it from his diet, his life on and off court has taken a turn. Says the journal,
Djokovic’s serve, sloppy as recently as last season, is now precise, fluid and, at times, devastating. His forehand used to break down in tense moments; now he hits winners that seem to subscribe to undiscovered laws of physics. His backhand, always solid, is now impenetrable, even with Nadal’s famously high-bouncing forehand.
The one change in his life? Deleting the wheat.
Even if Djokovic’s newfound confidence stems from going gluten-free only because he told himself it’s the cause (as the WSJ article suggests), one can’t deny the results. Or the good press for GF dieters and undiagnosed celiacs everywhere–especially the dudes. The more men who hear the words “gluten-free” and “gluten intolerance” and see the positive effects the diet can have, the more likely they’ll be to get diagnosed, instead of toughing it out in favor of “appearing weak.”
Results may vary. Going gluten-free may not make you Superman, or the best tennis player the world has ever seen, but it will make you feel better.