My hand­some fan No­vak, by Venus’s cook

Daily Mail - - News - By Andy Dolan

A CHEF to the stars was yes­ter­day linked to three­times Wim­ble­don cham­pion No­vak Djokovic – days af­ter ten­nis leg­end John McEn­roe sug­gested his los­ing streak was due to mar­i­tal prob­lems.

Lau­ren Von Der Pool, 33, cooks s for Venus and Ser­ena Wil­liamss and first met Djokovic in 2012 2 when she gave him di­et­ing tips.

She has since posted three pic­tures on In­sta­gram of her with 30-year-old Djokovic, whose wife Je­lena is preg- nant with their sec­ond child.

Djokovic, who plays French­mann Adrian Man­nar­ino on cen­tre court t this af­ter­noon, won his 12th Grandd Slam ti­tle at the French Open in n June last year.

But he has ad­mit­ted ‘pri­vate is­sues’’

‘I just helped him out with his diet’

have af­fected his game and has lost sev­eral matches in the last year.

Miss Von Der Pool, who grew up in Wash­ing­ton DC, has catered for the Os­cars and Gram­mys. She was first pic­tured with Djokovic at a black-tie ball in Perth, Aus­tralia, in 2012.

Re­ports claimed she had ‘danced up a storm’ with the star.

She posted sev­eral In­sta­gram snaps of the ball, in­clud­ing one with her arms around Djokovic. A cap­tion said: ‘Thx @djok­er­nole for be­ing so awe­some, so happy you’re still drink­ing your greens and co­conut wa­ter.’

On a snap in 2015 she wrote: ‘When world no1 @djok­er­nole is your fan lol! Not to be bra­gado­cious but I’m kinda a big deal.’

She has pre­vi­ously de­nied hav­ing any re­la­tion­ship with the Ser­bian, say­ing: ‘No­vak is a very cool guy, a very hand­some man.

‘I just helped him out with his diet and I wanted him to suc­ceed be­cause he is re­ally cool. He is a friend but I am not that type of per­son.’ Djokovic has been with his 31-year- old wife since 2005. They mar­ried in 2014 but have been dogged by ru­mours that their re­la­tion­ship is in trou­ble.

Last week McEn­roe likened the player to fallen golf star Tiger Woods, whose ca­reer nose­dived af­ter he ad­mit­ted cheat­ing on his wife with up to 120 women.

McEn­roe, 58, said Woods ‘had the is­sues with his wife, he seemed to go com­pletely off the rails and has never been even close to the same player’.

In Fe­bru­ary Djokovic and his wife were seen bick­er­ing on Face­book Live when they thought the broad­cast had ended.

Glam­orous: No­vak Djokovic with his arm around Lau­ren Von Der Pool

Beach beauty: Miss Von Der Pool

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