New insect species found in western Serbia named after Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is one of the most successful athletes Serbia has ever had and they honor him accordingly.

The Serbian is one of the most successful people to ever pick up a tennis racket. Throughout his career, Novak Djokovic has won 21 Grand Slam titles and this is also one of the reasons why he is loved in his home country Serbia.

Dr. Nikola Vesovic, who discovered new species of insects alongside his team, named him after the best tennis player in Serbia’s history when explaining his choice to name him after Novak Djokovic in a statement.

“Novak Djokovic – for more than 15 years this man has cheered up the whole nation, made us proud, and during this time he has become like a member of the family for everyone”, statement reads. “He is not only Serbia’s best ambassador in the world, but the best male tennis player of all time and one of the most dominant athletes of all time.”

“I have the honor and pleasure to announce the discovery of a new species of insect from western Serbia which was previously unknown to science. It is a specialized, blind subterranean carabid (Coleoptera, Carabidae) found in a pit near the town of Ljubovija. .”

“A scientific paper on the description of the new species was recently published in the eminent journal “Annales Zoologici Fennici”. As a sign of gratitude and our need to give back to Novak in our own way, we have decided to name the new species according to him – . Thanks Novak! On behalf of the authors of the new species, Dr. Nikola Vesović.”

The 21-time Grand Slam champion was obviously pleased with the discovery as well as honored that the insect bears his name. He shared news on social media adding a caption saying: “A new type of insect found in western Serbia is named after me.”

Currently, the world number 7 is taking part in the 2022 Astana Open in Kazakhstan where he will play the quarter-finals after dominating the first two matches.