TENNIS

Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic won’t play US Open: What it means

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World No. 6 men’s tennis Novak Djokovic will not play at the US Open this yearwhich is due to start on Monday in New York, as he is still not vaccinated against COVID-19. Sports IllustratedJon Wertheim and Chris Almeida examine the star’s decision, what it means for his pursuit of the all-time major winning record and how it affects his legacy.

Chris Almeida: Here we are Thursday at noon EST, the week before the US Open main draw begins, and three-time tournament winner Novak Djokovic, who was famously runner-up last year, is is removed from the tournament. We kind of knew this was coming: if you’re not vaccinated and you’re not a US citizen, you can’t enter the country. Djokovic did not play any of the pre-season events in the United States. But still, it’s a pretty jarring development. And that would have been shocking a year ago.

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