Novak Djokovic ate the grass at Centre Court after defeating Roger Federe in an epic Wimbledon 2019 final – as he has done in the past – and explained the rationale behind his bizarre celebration.
Asked about why he ended up sampling the grass from Centre Court (in a lowkey allusion to being the GOAT, perhaps) Wimbledon 2019 winner Novak Djokovic explained that he just wanted to have a unique celebration.
“I don’t know, I just love the grass,” he laughed, while answering a question on it at the Champions’ Dinner.
“It has become a tradition and – like Simona [Halep] – Wimbledon was always a dream for me and I used to make this trophy [the winner’s cup] with improvised materials in my room when I was seven years old and visualise myself as a winner.
“When that dream became reality in 2011, just before the first finals actually, I thought in case I win, what is it I have to do that has to be special.
“And I was not really creative with the ideas so I just thought of eating the grass and so it stayed,” explained the five time winner.
Djokovic outlasted Federer in a gruelling five-setter and despite being under the kosh at many points in the game – including two Championship points down in the fifth set – the Serbian managed to hang in and gut it out to eke out a tremendous victory in the longest ever finals played at the tournement.