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    Balkan bug

    BELGRADE (AFP) – Scientists in Serbia said yesterday they had named a newly discovered insect species after tennis star Novak Djokovic, due to the bug’s “speed and tenacity”.

    “It is very quick and eats other small animals,” professor with Belgrade University’s Faculty of Biology Nikola Vesovic told AFP.

    He described the insect on Instagram as “a specialised, blind, subterranean ground beetle (Coleoptera, Carabidae) found in a pit near the town of Ljubovija” in the west of the Balkan country. The team of scientists studying the species named it Duvalius Djokovici after the Serbian tennis ace due to its speed, tenacity, strength and elasticity.

    “It is a predator in its underground environment, just as Novak is a kind of predator on the tennis courts,” Vesovic explained.

    A few months ago a freshwater snail in Montenegro was also named after the tennis star.

    Djokovic is widely popular in Serbia and across much of the Balkans, where he frequently appears in public and holds exhibition matches in between his busy international schedule.

    Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy after winning the men’s singles final tennis match at the Tel Aviv Watergen Open 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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