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Djokovic denies he’s a donkey cheese hoarder

World No 1 tennis player clarifies reports on his interest in the pricey product

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Abu Dhabi: Novak Djokovic has clarified that his restaurant in Serbia is interested in donkey cheese — but denied reports he had bought up the entire world’s supply.

Reports earlier this month said the world No 1 had bought the expensive cheese, known as pule, from the only farm that produces it in his native country for about $500 (Dh1,836) per pound.

But Djokovic, who is here to defend his title in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, said: “I did not expect this story was going to get so much attention, and everywhere in the world too. It is not completely true that we have bought the whole supply of donkey cheese, even though it was the first time in my life I heard that donkey cheese existed.

“There is a certain farm in Serbia that produces it and, as I understand it, it is the only farm in the world to do so, which is very interesting.

“They came to our restaurant and offered co-operation, so that is all. We are now thinking and seeing what we can do with that, but it is not true that I already bought the whole supply.”

Djokovic seemed impressed with the product, saying: “It is a very expensive one and it is good quality. I have heard that they milk donkeys but I was not sure if that was possible. It is such an interesting story.”