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Serbian scientist statement on new insect species being named after Novak Djokovic

Doctor Nikola Vesovic praised Novak Djokovic’s efforts to promote Serbia in a positive light and added it’s his pleasure to name a new insect species after the 21-time Grand Slam champion. On Friday, Doctor Vesovic announced that a new species of insect – discovered in Western Serbia – has been named after Djokovic.

That insect species will now be known as “Duvalius djokovici.” Djokovic himself shared that news to his Instagram Story, under the caption: “New kind of insect found in Western Serbia named after me.”

Doctor Vesovic on the insect being named after Djokovic

“Novak Djokovic – for more than 15 years, this man has been cheering up the entire nation, making us proud, and during that time he has become like a family member to everyone.

He is not only the top ambassador of Serbia in the world, but the best male tennis player of all time and one of the most dominant athletes ever. I have the honor and pleasure to announce the discovery of a new insect species from western Serbia that was previously unknown to science.

It is a specialized, blind, subterranean ground beetle (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 prominent journal ‘Annales Zoologici Fennici’

As a sign of gratitude and our need to give back to Novak in our own way, we decided to name the new species after him – Duvalius djokovici. Thank you Novak! On behalf of the authors of the new species, Dr. Nikola Vesovic,” the statement from Doctor Vesovic.

Meanwhile, Djokovic is currently playing at the Astana Open, where he has been through to the semifinal after beating Karen Khachanov.

Djokovic, who won the Tel Aviv Open last week, is now bidding to win titles in back-to-back weeks and also win his fourth title of the year.

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