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Novak Djokovic denies buying up the entire world’s supply of donkey cheese

Earlier this month, we learned about the world’s most expensive cheese. It is apparently made from donkeys, produced at only one farm in the world and can bring the cost of a burger up to $4,000 when piled on top of it. We also thought that Novak Djokovic liked the Serbian cheese (also known as “pule”) so much that he purchased the entire annual supply of it for his chain of restaurants in Serbia.

According to the world’s top-ranked tennis player, that is not entirely true. In fact, Djokovic said he is just learning about the cheese himself.

“It is not completely true that we have bought the whole supply of donkey cheese, even though it was the first time in my life I heard that donkey cheese existed,” he told the Herald Sun in Australia.

“There is a certain farm in Serbia that produces it and, as I understand it, it is the only farm in the world to do so, which is very interesting. They came to our restaurant and offered co-operation, so that is all. We are now thinking and seeing what we can do with that, but it is not true that I already bought the whole supply.”

Djokovic said he knows the cheese — which sells for around $500 a pound — is high quality, but he certainly didn’t sound like a man who knows enough about it to purchase an entire year’s supply and start serving $1,000 omelettes with it. Perhaps he is simply a business owner who is playing coy and attempting to keep his secrets under wraps? It’s certainly a possibility.

Novak Djokovic buys the entire annual supply of donkey cheese made in Serbia

Donkey cheese may be the one thing in life Novak Djokovic likes as much as tennis. That’s right — donkey cheese. Djokovic is opening a chain of restaurants, and he apparently wanted to make sure they are supplied with enough gourmet cheese straight from his home country of Serbia.

According to The Telegraph, Djokovic bought up the entire annual production of donkey cheese from Serbia, which is the world’s most expensive cheese.

The cheese is produced at a farm in Serbia called Zasavica, which is the only farm in the world that makes the cheese. It is made only from donkeys, and Zasavica manager Slobodan Simic says it takes 25 liters of donkey milk to make a single kilogram of donkey cheese, also known as pule. Simic said the fact that Djokovic purchased the entire supply made it easy for all parties involved.

“It will save a lot of effort having to deal with various restaurants, with only one customer buying the lot we don’t have to worry too much about salesmen,” he explained. “It is a great vote of confidence as well in what we do here.”

How expensive is it? Earlier this year, a burger selling in Las Vegas that was topped with the cheese was selling for more than $4,000. It was also featured in a caviar-coated omelette at a fancy hotel in New York that sold for the modest price of around $1,000. The fact that Zasavica is the only farm in the world where Donkey cheese is helps explain why it costs $4,000 for a burger that is topped with pule. Wait a minute, no it doesn’t…

Novak Djokovic massaged by Brazilian models during exhibition match (Video)

Novak Djokovic loves to clown around, and he was at his best during an exhibition match in Brazil two weekends ago.

Djokovic was in Brazil for the inauguration of a public tennis court in the Rocinha shantytown ahead of the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. He was facing retired three-time French Open champion and Brazilian native Gustavo Kuerten on Saturday Nov. 17 at the Maracanazinho Arena when he decided to mess around during a side change.

After some Brazilian models standing behind began rubbing him, Nole took off his shirt for a massage. Filled with plenty of nervousness and laughter, the girls began rubbing his neck, shoulder, and arms. Djokovic, the consummate actor, spread his arms wide and gave a relaxed look on his face before ending the massage with a nod of satisfaction.

The No. 1-ranked player’s jokes didn’t end there. He also put on a wig to impersonate Kuerten:

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Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic back Andy Murray’s desire for more testing

The two top-ranked tennis players in the world support fellow player Andy Murray’s desire to have more stringent drug testing in the sport.

Speaking ahead of the Masters event in Paris two weeks ago, Murray said he wanted harsher drug testing in tennis, including more blood tests. Both world No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic and world No. 2 player Roger Federer support those changes.

“I feel I’m being less tested now than six, seven, eight years ago,” Federer said on Monday in London ahead of the ATP World Finals, according to the BBC.

“I don’t know the reasons we are being tested less and I agree with Andy, we don’t do a lot of blood testing during the year. I’m OK having more of that.”

“I just think it’s important to have enough tests out there,” said Federer. “I don’t like it when I’m only getting tested whatever number it is, which I don’t think is enough or sufficient during the year.

“I think we should up it a little bit, or a lot – whatever you want to call it – because I think it’s key and vital that the sport stays clean. It’s got to. We have a good history in terms of that and we want to make sure that it stays that way.”

Djokovic, who moved ahead of Federer in the ATP Tour rankings this week, agreed with Federer.

“We are trying to make this sport as clean as possible, as fair as possible for everybody, so I have nothing against testing and, why not, we should do it more.”

Now that three of the top players in the world have voiced their opinion, I would expect tennis officials to respond by enacting a more strict testing policy. Perhaps players will be tested more frequently, regardless of their ranking.

Boy proposes to Novak Djokovic (Video)

Novak Djokovic had an unusual interruption during one of his recent practices at the U.S. Open. A boy yelled out to Djokovic “Will you marry me?” to command the tennis player’s attention. Nole found it so funny he stopped playing and invited the boy down to the court. Djokovic then handed over his racquet and allowed the boy to take a few serves before giving him a hug and sending him away with a nice parting gift.

There is some suspicion from Deadspin and SI’s Beyond the Baseline that this was staged. I wonder about that too, but even if it was, it’s unique enough to merit some coverage from us. And if it were staged, it probably wouldn’t have taken four days from the day the video was posted online to finally go viral.

Now we also have proof that Djokovic fans are even more devoted than Nadal fans. Djokovic by the way won his first round match at the tournament on Tuesday 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 over Paolo Lorenzi.

Vlade Divac says Novak Djokovic cut his racquets up with a saw after Olympics

Novak Djokovic expected to come home from the London Olympics with a medal. After losing to eventual gold medalist Andy Murray in the men’s singles semifinal, Djokovic suffered a disappointing loss to Juan Martin Del Potro in the bronze medal match. According to fellow countryman and president of the Serbian Olympic Committee Vlade Divac, Djokovic was pretty hard on himself following the disappointing performance.

“I never saw anyone have such energy to fight for a medal for Serbia,” Divac told Vesti Online in an interview that was translated by Drop Shot Dispatch. “It is contagious. After the match I came to him. You know what he was doing? He was so miserable, he was cutting up his racquets with a saw. That is not someone who doesn’t care about the result.”

Divac was upset with the performances of the Serbian athletes in London, but he praised Djokovic and swimmer Milorad Cavic for giving it their all and competing at a high level. Novak’s sawed-up racquets can certainly attest to the fact that he wanted to win.

Believe it or not, tennis stars who pull off nut shot pranks and do tremendous impressions of other tennis players still care about results.

Racquet tap to Deadspin

Even Novak Djokovic thinks soccer needs instant replay

It’s amazing that a sport as popular as soccer has yet to join the 21st century when it comes to using technology. The glaring need for instant replay to review important plays was magnified during the 2010 World Cup. FIFA has resisted, but even tennis player Novak Djokovic knows it’s time for them to take the next step:

“I still don’t understand why they don’t have technology in football! Its incredible,for most global sport in the world!!” Djokovic tweeted Saturday.

It’s unclear what game inspired the tweet, but his point is valid. In tennis they use the hawkeye system to review line calls. Though the hawkeye system is flawed, it’s still a vast improvement over relying on the calls of the judges. Soccer could use some replay too when it comes to controversial calls.