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Novak Djokovic Eats Dirt to Celebrate Win: Understandable or Puzzling?

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After beating out Rafael Nadal for his first Wimbledon title, Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic turned heads with a strange celebratory act.

Shortly after winning the last point of his 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 victory, he indulged in an unlikely celebration: he ate dirt.

Reaching down, Djokovic plucked some grass and soil from Center Court and put it in his mouth.

It was a gesture of humility and reverence at the scene of his greatest triumph as an athlete, and was followed by an equally graceful acceptance speech.


On Monday, Djokovic, who has lost only one match this year, will move up to be ranked number one in the world.

What do you think about Djokovic eating dirt? Was it understandable or puzzling?

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  • Josh Malchman 2011/07/04 01:00:07
    Understandable
    Josh Malchman
    +8
    Custom ? He lost a bet? Tradition? who knows. But he is a fantastic up and coming player and has proved time and again this year that he can contend with the best

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  • rascal 2012/06/13 22:24:20
    Understandable
    rascal
    He is so great he can do whatever he wants...as long as I get to watch him play again.
  • Brosia 2011/08/17 02:05:27
    Puzzling
    Brosia
    I don't really understand why one would eat dirt in times of happiness. I can see jumping, screaming, back-flips, etc...but eating the inedible...not really a sign of being happy. I think it is a sign of mental illness.
  • John Haverty 2011/07/09 05:50:24
    Understandable
    John Haverty
    +1
    He is #1, whatever works for him is good.
  • Angel 2011/07/09 01:48:44
    Understandable
    Angel
    +1
    If I was that excited I'd eat dirt too om nom nom.
  • HOLLYwoodUNdeadXx 2011/07/05 20:42:51
    Understandable
    HOLLYwoodUNdeadXx
    +2
    I take it to be some kind of respectful gesture or tradition. They should really just let him do whatever he pleases...
  • aad312 2011/07/05 20:39:00
    Understandable
    aad312
    +1
    He has emerged as an ultimate ruler, he can do whatever he wants.. :D

    emerged ultimate ruler cartoon eating
  • alinakainx3 2011/07/05 20:24:36
    Understandable
    alinakainx3
    +2
    who cares? he's a great player, that's all that matters :b
  • Leo 2011/07/05 19:17:40
    Puzzling
    Leo
    +1
    Hope he doesn't get some disease.
  • AngryGabby 2011/07/05 19:08:02
    Puzzling
    AngryGabby
    +2
    Aren't the losers the one supposed to "eat the dirt"?
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾ 2011/07/05 16:55:21 (edited)
    Understandable
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +1
    im not sure what Rafael Nadal Religious beliefs are but its a very very old old Tradition found in Ancient Pagan traditions after victory of war or sport to thank the Earth Goddess Gaea some plant trees or flowers in her honor and some well they eat the dirt

    its unclear why this custom came about something to do with when you honor the Gods and offer them food you offer them a bowl of rice and wine or cookies or bread to honor them and you eat a piece of the gods element Earth Goddess you eat Dirt Water god you drink water etc

    Other Religions have simlar traditions too the chinese and japanese Gods have simlar things
    and African Gods and Goddess have simlar things as well

    thats just a thought im not really sure why he did that
  • Nick 2011/07/05 16:06:12
    Puzzling
    Nick
  • Luke 2011/07/05 15:58:13
    Puzzling
    Luke
    +2
    I have no idea but would love to know
  • Skidplate 2011/07/05 15:46:47
    Puzzling
    Skidplate
    +1
    Maybe it's because he won on that court so he wants to keep a piece of it in some weird way.
  • volubleasteroid 2011/07/05 14:57:10
    Other (Please leave a comment)
    volubleasteroid
    +2
    what the freak freak
  • FunkyMunky 2011/07/05 14:38:03 (edited)
    Understandable
    FunkyMunky
    +1
    You won man!!!
  • Ladyirish555 2011/07/05 14:09:10 (edited)
    Puzzling
    Ladyirish555
    +1
    Whatever it is.....it made me laugh. I guess anytime a grown man eats dirt for whatever reason is hilarious..........I'm still laughing.
  • Katfish 2011/07/05 14:03:16
    Understandable
    Katfish
    +1
    Sounds like maybe he's pregnant.
  • Ladyiri... Katfish 2011/07/05 14:10:04
    Ladyirish555
    +1
    Hahaha lmfao
  • Msh3an 2011/07/05 13:54:17
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    Msh3an
    +1
    Duh , Cuz it tastes good :p
  • Bilingual required sucks 2011/07/05 13:51:07
    Understandable
    Bilingual required sucks
    Ahhh those eccentric Serbs :)
  • ELLIE 2011/07/05 13:33:57
    Understandable
    ELLIE
    At that very moment and time I totally understood his exhileration of his victory.Normally I would have said : "what a nutter".
  • Nudenz 2011/07/05 12:55:41
    Understandable
    Nudenz
    +1
    He won at Wimbledon. It was symbolic. Just like the Pope kissing the ground in countries he visits.
  • ♥PrettyLittleLiarsLover♥ 2011/07/05 12:50:12
    Understandable
    ♥PrettyLittleLiarsLover♥
    +1
    I was watching and I'm like what the heck did he just eat? GRASS? it was weird and plus I was still screaming from still winning the bet my dad was sad nadal lost cuz he owes my mom 10 bucks and me 5 :) mwahahaha!!!
  • India 2011/07/05 12:35:52
    Understandable
    India
    i would have eaten nadal if i were him lol !!!!
  • Dum Luk 2011/07/05 12:35:01
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    Dum Luk
    It's okay as long as kids don't get the idea that eating dirt will make them tennis stars.

    There is an eating disorder called geophagia but I doubt he makes a habit of it.
  • Vene Vidi 2011/07/05 12:22:24
    Understandable
    Vene Vidi
    +1
    He is the best! Nice and funny guy! Nole! Nole! Nole!
  • bono95 2011/07/05 09:49:59
    Other (Please leave a comment)
    bono95
    I wouldn't do it if I was in his shoes but.............
  • ♥Happy♥Pixie♥ 2011/07/05 09:31:50
    Understandable
    ♥Happy♥Pixie♥
    +2
    Bravo Nole!!!^_^
  • topnotchfm 2011/07/05 08:48:39
    Understandable
    topnotchfm
    +1
    just shows his passion for the game:)
  • missygirl408 2011/07/05 07:14:27
    Puzzling
    missygirl408
    I just don't get it:-)
  • Anna 2011/07/05 03:26:08
    Understandable
    Anna
    +1
    I ate some clean dirt at my house once. Pretty darn darn good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...
  • Phyl *In God i Trust* 2011/07/05 03:24:18
    Puzzling
    Phyl *In God i Trust*
    Say what eat dirt na.
  • Emily Phyl *I... 2011/07/05 10:17:18
    Emily
    he ate grass.
  • Pikaboo 2011/07/05 01:59:08
    Other (Please leave a comment)
    Pikaboo
    ........................LOL.
  • PostmasterOfDystopia 2011/07/05 01:22:55
    Other (Please leave a comment)
    PostmasterOfDystopia
    +1
    Good luck.
  • Alex 2011/07/05 01:13:58
    Understandable
    Alex
    +1
    well he just beat the world's best mens tennis player and is going to be ranked number one.
  • Big Bo 2011/07/05 01:04:22
    Puzzling
    Big Bo
    +1
    but then again we all have our rituals and customs. whatever works..puzzling as it may be to others.
  • Orangeman89 2011/07/05 00:32:16
    Puzzling
    Orangeman89
    I don't get it. To each, their own though.
  • Daryl 2011/07/05 00:27:56 (edited)
    Understandable
    Daryl
    +2
    I understand...once I ate a whole pizza to celebrate sleeping all day.

    Am I a champion? You decide...but yes.
  • sam123 2011/07/04 22:12:45
    Other (Please leave a comment)
    sam123

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