4 sports stars you didn't know wore contact lenses

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 by David Blabey

In 2016 it seems like sports are at the front of everyone’s mind. The European cup, Wimbledon and the Olympics are taking place back to back this year, with a number of superstars proving themselves worthy on the court, field or track day after day. What you might not know is that some of those superstars are using contact lenses to make sure they are always at the top of their game.

Novak DjokoviNovak Djokovic:

He may have had an early exit from Wimbledon this year, but Djokovic’s record of 12 grand slam champion wins still remains incredibly impressive. The current holder of all four major titles has been wearing daily disposable lenses to games for years, giving him the clear uninterrupted view of the court he needs to succeed.

Talking about his eyesight he commented:

“... (my) eyes are the most important thing when playing sport, as your coordination, sight and reflexes are all a function of vision, so it’s important your sight is 100% perfect if you want to compete at the highest level.”

Dwight HowardDwight Howard:

Winner of three straight defensive player of the year awards from 2009 to 2011, NBA superstar Dwight Howard has long worn contact lenses to give him the crystal clear vision he needs to make sure the ball in his opponent’s court.

Having recently joined his home town team the Atlanta Hawks, Howard is returning to the new season with a new appetite for victory. In fact, in a recent interview he told the press he would be doing “whatever I can to bring a championship home”.

Cristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo:

Not one to let anything stop him on the field, Ronaldo uses contact lenses to correct his vision and ensure he is always in the right position for a shot on goal. The football superstar has been going from strength to strength and, with the European cup in sight for Portugal, shows no signs of slowing down.

Talking to the press about the secret to a winning free kick he said:

“My free-kick secret? I just look at the net and say take the kick”

Phil MickelsonPhil Mickelson:

When you need to make perfect shots towards targets up to 690 yards away, it’s important to be able to see the full length of the hole. PGA tour regular Phil Mickelson has been using contact lenses to improve his game for years, allowing him to have a clear position in his head of the ball in front of him as well as the flag it’s heading for.

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