Novak Djokovic: Gluten-free and Gumbyesque

The season for Grand Slam tennis is upon us, and at CJSM we are duly excited!

The draw for the French Open is set. We’re looking  forward to the Men’s and Women’s competitions at Roland Garros, which begin tomorrow. The top two seeds in the Men’s draw (Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic respectively) have had some difficulty in the run up to Roland Garros.  Is it Nadal’s knees?  Is it Djokovic’s wrist?

Tennis is a sport for which I have great admiration, and is a regular subject on this blog.  It’s a regular subject in the journal as well (take a look at the May issue’s epidemiologic study on tennis-related injuries in the United States).

Today, we re-visit a post from 2013 where I explored some factors which might account for Djokovic’s supreme athleticism and give you all a chance to weigh in on the poll:  gluten-free diets, helpful, harmful, or neutral for the athlete?

Have a great weekend.

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djokovic aussie open Novak Djokovic at the Aussie Open

The Wimbledon Championships end tomorrow, with the Gentleman’s Singles Final pairing now set:  either Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray will raise the Championship Silver Cup by day’s end, barring rain delay or marathon tennis match…..

It has been another great fortnight of tennis, highlighted by Djokovic’s historic semi-final win over Juan Martin del Portro yesterday.  Djokovic seems to get involved in these epic five-set Grand Slam matches, having just been on the losing end of such a match at the French Open.  His opponent that day, Rafael Nadal, was quoted as saying:  “‘I learnt during all my career to enjoy suffering, and these kind of matches are very special….I really enjoy suffering.” This statement was given, mind you, by the victor!

I remain impressed with Djokovic’s supreme athleticism and his ability to inflict suffering on others on the tennis court!…

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Novak Djokovic: Gluten-free and Gumbyesque

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Novak Djokovic at the Aussie Open

The Wimbledon Championships end tomorrow, with the Gentleman’s Singles Final pairing now set:  either Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray will raise the Championship Silver Cup by day’s end, barring rain delay or marathon tennis match…..

It has been another great fortnight of tennis, highlighted by Djokovic’s historic semi-final win over Juan Martin del Portro yesterday.  Djokovic seems to get involved in these epic five-set Grand Slam matches, having just been on the losing end of such a match at the French Open.  His opponent that day, Rafael Nadal, was quoted as saying:  “‘I learnt during all my career to enjoy suffering, and these kind of matches are very special….I really enjoy suffering.” This statement was given, mind you, by the victor!

I remain impressed with Djokovic’s supreme athleticism and his ability to inflict suffering on others on the tennis court!  It got me to thinking yesterday:  what are the sources of his talents?

There have been interesting discussions of at least two of his singular attributes:   his flexibility and his devotion to his gluten-free diet. Read more of this post

Nadal’s Knees

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Rafael Nadal, invincible on clay, just might be beaten by this man in table tennis (Portuguese Table Tennis Coach Afonso Vilela)

What a great week it has been at the French Open in Paris.  As I write, I see that Serena Williams has just closed out Maria Sharapova in straight sets to regain the title she last held 11 years ago in 2002.  The men’s final is set for tomorrow, with the incomparable Rafael Nadal facing his Spanish countryman David Ferrer after outlasting Novak Djokovic in an epic five-set semi-final match.

Like many of this blog’s readers, I have been amazed and entertained by men’s tennis over the last decade.  It truly is a golden era for the sport, with Federer and Nadal and Djokovic and Murray each seeming to outdo the other in feats of tennis heroics.  Just yesterday Nadal made an amazing between the legs shot in the fifth set, but is that perhaps outdone by the amazing forehand Djoko ripped off Federer to save match point in the 2011 U.S. Open (going on then to win the semi-final)?

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