Sports are being corrupted by politics.
No longer can fans enjoy a ball game without political messaging getting shoved in their faces.
Now tennis legend John McEnroe called out the horrible mess establishment politicians have created.
Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic just won Wimbledon for the seventh time, bringing his major championship tally to 21.
Djokovic pulled ahead of Roger Federer, and only trails long-time rival Rafael Nadal by one title.
However, Djokovic’s Wimbledon title defense—he had won the previous three events (2020 was canceled because of COVID)—was overshadowed by the fact he may not be able to play the next major event, the U.S. Open.
Djokovic, who is very strict about his diet and fitness regimen, chose not to get the COVID vaccine, which means he is currently not allowed to come into the United States and play the tournament in Queens, New York.
Tennis legend and commentator John McEnroe vented his frustration over the predicament during the Wimbledon trophy presentation.
McEnroe said, “These politicians are getting in the way too much…They did it in Australia. Let’s let the guy come in and play in the U.S. I mean, come on. This is ridiculous.”
John McEnroe on Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic's vaccine status hindering his ability to play more tournaments:
"These politicians are getting their way too much. They did in Australia. Let the guy come in and play in the U.S. I mean, come on. This is ridiculous." pic.twitter.com/oOj8aC6Tsr
— The Recount (@therecount) July 10, 2022
At 35 years of age, Djokovic may not have many prime years left, so each major missed is a huge opportunity lost.
Earlier this year, Djokovic was not permitted to play in the Australian Open for the same reason.
Djokovic has won the Australian Open a record-setting nine times and was the heavy favorite, but was detained and interrogated by Australian officials, and ultimately barred from playing.
Without Djokovic playing the tournament, that opened up a path for Nadal to win his second Australian Open and break the three-way tie of major titles between him, Djokovic, and Federer, also known as “The Big Three.”
New York also has strict COVID protocols.
Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving nearly missed the entire season because he was not allowed to play home games due to his vaccine status.
However, Irving was allowed to attend the Barclays Center—where the Nets play their home games—as a spectator, which is nonsensical.
Wimbledon also stirred some controversy this year.
Due to the war in Ukraine, Russian and Belarusian players were barred from participating in the tournament.
In retaliation to the shocking policy, the men’s tour chose to strip Wimbledon of its points that count toward the rankings, meaning players’ performances at the event had no bearing on their tour rankings.
Politicians continue to get in the way and make sports less appealing to fans.
That’s exactly what McEnroe called out.
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