Sports are being ruined by politics.
No longer can fans enjoy escapism without political messaging getting shoved in their faces.
And one tennis legend called out the absurd thing politicians are doing.
Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic just won Wimbledon for the seventh time, bringing his major championship total to 21.
Djokovic pulled ahead of Roger Federer, and only trails Rafael Nadal by one title.
However, Djokovic’s Wimbledon title defense—he had won the previous three events (2020 was canceled due to 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 particular 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 let out 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 old, Djokovic may not have many prime years left, so each major loss is a huge opportunity cost.
Earlier this year, Djokovic was not allowed to play in the Australian Open for the same reason.
Djokovic has won the tournament 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 and break the three-way tie of major titles between him, Djokovic, and Federer, also known as “The Big Three.”
New York has strict COVID protocols of its own.
Brooklyn Nets star 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 makes zero sense.
Wimbledon also had some controversy this year.
Due to the war in Ukraine, Russian and Belarusian players were not allowed to participate in the tournament.
In retaliation to the stunning 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.
That’s precisely what McEnroe called out.
McEnroe got himself in some hot water when called Serena Williams the greatest women’s player of all-time; according to the “woke” left, he was not supposed to include the “women’s” qualifier.
McEnroe said Williams would lose to a men’s player ranked in the mid-hundreds, which she did in an exhibition match years ago.
Telling an obvious truth has become scandalous, and so, too, has refusing to take an experimental vaccine.