The unvaccinated Novak Djokovic will not play in the US Open: What does it mean?

World No. 6 in men’s tennis Novak Djokovic will not play in this year’s US Openwill start on Monday in New York because he remains unvaccinated 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 league wins record and how it affects his legacy.

Chris Almeida: Here we are at noon ET on Thursday, a week before the start of the US Open main draw, and three-time winner Novak Djokovic, who was runner-up last year, has withdrawn from the tournament.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 has not played any major events in the United States. But still, this is a rather troubling development. And it would have been shocking a year ago.

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