In Serbia, an insect named Djokovic

In Serbia, an insect named Djokovic


Serbian scientists have announced that they have discovered a new species of insect to which they have decided to give the name of Novak Djokovic in tribute to the tennis champion, due to the qualities of speed and tenacity of the insect. little beast. 

Duvalius Djokovici was found in a cave in a mountain in western Serbia, Nikola Vesovic, one of the team members, told AFP on Friday.

“This is of a very small insect, completely blind and depigmented, with very long legs and antennae”, specified the scientist, professor at the Faculty of Biology in Belgrade. 

But this is the speed, tenacity, strength and elasticity of the animal which decided the researchers to give him the name of the Serbian champion, former world number one holder of 21 Grand Slam titles. 

“He is a basement predator just like Novak is a kind of ground predator. tennis,” Professor Vesovic said.

This is not the first time that Novak Djokovic has inspired scientists. 

Last year, a water snail discovered in Montenegro had been christened Travunijana Djokovici.

The tennis star is currently competing in the 500 Series tournament in Astana after being sidelined from the Australian Open in January and US tournaments including the US Open, due to his refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19.