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New Snail Species Named After Djokovic: 'I Always Tried To Be Fast!'

The Serbian reacts to interesting animal news

Novak Djokovic is one of the best athletes in the world. If you had to compare him to an animal, the Serbian would be an apex predator because of his competitive ferocity and incredible athleticism.

Yet it was recently announced that of all animals, a new snail species, Travunijana djokovici, was named after Djokovic.

“I don't know how symbolic this is, because throughout my career I always tried to be fast and then a snail was named after me,” Djokovic said, cracking a laugh. “Maybe it's a message for me, telling me to slow down a bit!"

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According to Subterranean Biology, an international journal, the new species was discovered at the Vriješko Vrelo spring in Montenegro.

“The new species is named after Novak Djokovic, a famous Serbian tennis player, to acknowledge his inspiring enthusiasm and energy,” the journal stated.

Djokovic has never been shy about disclosing his affinity for nature. After winning the 2018 US Open, the Serbian credited his season turnaround to time spent on Montagne Sainte-Victoire in France.

Although it was a surprise to learn a snail species was named after him, Djokovic was intrigued.

"I am honoured that a new species of snail was named after me because I am a big fan of nature and ecosystems and I appreciate all kinds of animals and plants,” Djokovic said. “I try to live in harmony with nature. The news made me laugh.”

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