Novak Djokovic: Serbian scientists name new beetle species after tennis star


Serbian scientists have named a new species of beetle after tennis great Novak Djokovic because of its speed, strength, flexibility, durability and ability to survive in a harsh environment, Serbian media reported Friday.

The insect, which belongs to the genus Duvalius of ground beetles present in Europe, was discovered several years ago in an underground pit in western Serbia.

His name is Duvalius Dokovici, investigator Nikola Vesovic was quoted as saying by Tanjug news agency.

Vesovic said the new species was a specialized subterranean beetle, a predator that had lost its eyes by living deep underground.

“I proposed naming the new species after Djokovic,” Vesovic said. “He’s the man who did so much for this country. We feel driven to pay him back in any way we can.”

Last weekend, the 35-year-old Djokovic, who has won 21 Grand Slam titles, won the Tel Aviv Open for his third title this season, after winning a seventh Wimbledon crown in July.

On Friday, she was playing Karen Khachanov in the quarter-finals of the Astana Open, which also features fourth-ranked Russian Daniil Medvedev, who is also in the round of 16. Top seed Carlos Alcaraz was knocked out in the first round.

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