Serbian scientists name new species of beetle after Novak Djokovic
Scientists, including the American Academy of Sciences, named a species of beetle after Novak Djokovic after the Serbian tennis star and former world No.1.
The beetle is a new species within the tribe Cerambycidae, called Naja jaschifilis. It has been named after Novak Djokovic, who reached the final of the French Open earlier this month after beating Serena Williams.
“This discovery is very exciting. We still don’t know all the details of the new species and how this will affect the mating system, genetics, or behavior of the cerambycid beetle, but the name is fitting,” said Jens-Peter Thomsen, a biologist at Aarhus University and a lead author of the paper published in the journal ZooKeys.
Novak Djokovic was born on September 25, 1982 in Novi Grad, Serbia. His name is widely known in Serbia. He is the first man to take the No. 1 spot in the world men’s tennis ranking. Djokovic’s wife Ana was killed by an off-duty police officer who was under the influence of drugs and in uniform in October 2006.
Djokovic’s latest accomplishment is to reach the French Open final, an event that has eluded him for more than 10 years. Djokovic beat fellow top-ranked Roger Federer in straight sets in the last eight.
Djokovic also reached the final of the Australian Open in January but lost to Novak Djokovic, who went on and dominated his own match to win the title. Djokovic also lost in the round of 16 at the U.S. Open but won the Australian Open in January and in October.
An expert panel of more than 100 biologists recently named the beetle after Djokovic. The name was suggested by Dr. Dusko Jovanovic