In a surprising turn of events, New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers made headlines once again for his involvement in the sporting world. On Sunday, Rodgers attended the US Open with his teammates C.J. Uzomah and Randall Cobb, where they watched Novak Djokovic play a match in person for the first time. Rodgers took to Instagram to share his excitement, posting a photo of Djokovic preparing to serve against Borna Goja. In the photo, Rodgers used the hashtag “novaxdjokovic” and crossed out a Moderna sign on the side of the court, seemingly expressing his support for Djokovic's decision not to get vaccinated.
This Instagram post comes after Rodgers faced controversy surrounding his own vaccination status. Prior to the 2021 NFL season, Rodgers told reporters that he was “immunized” against COVID-19, leading many to believe that he had received the vaccine. However, in November 2021, after testing positive for COVID-19, he revealed that he was actually unvaccinated and apologized for any confusion his previous comments may have caused. It seems that Rodgers' stance on the vaccine aligns with Djokovic, who has also chosen not to get vaccinated and was barred from entering the United States for last year's US Open as a result.
Despite the controversy surrounding their vaccination status, both Rodgers and Djokovic expressed their excitement for this year's US Open. Djokovic, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, admitted that he felt sad for not being able to participate in last year's tournament but harbored no resentment. He stated, "I don't think about what happened in the last year or last couple of years. Just focusing my attention to this year's tournament." Djokovic's dedication to the sport has been unwavering, even stating in the past that he would rather miss grand slams than take the COVID shot in order to compete.
As for Rodgers, he is preparing for his first regular season game with the Jets after spending 18 seasons with the Green Bay Packers. The Jets will open their season on September 11 against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. However, Rodgers' representation has not yet responded to requests for comment on his Instagram post and apparent support of Djokovic's vaccination decision.
In Djokovic's match on Sunday night, he defeated Borna Gojo in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4, advancing to the quarterfinals. This victory sets up a match against American Taylor Fritz on Tuesday, where Djokovic will be aiming for his 13th quarterfinal appearance in Queens. Djokovic holds an impressive 7-0 record against Fritz, further solidifying his position as a dominant force in the tennis world.
As both Rodgers and Djokovic continue to make headlines in the sports world, their shared stance on vaccination and their respective journeys at the US Open will undoubtedly be topics of interest and discussion. Only time will tell how their choices and performances will impact their careers and legacies.
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