Chris Evert comments on Novak Djokovic's vaccine stance, uncertain future

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Chris Evert comments on Novak Djokovic's vaccine stance, uncertain future

Former world No. 1 Chris Evert thinks it's absolutely better for the game to have Novak Djokovic in the biggest tournaments. Djokovic is paying the price for being unvaccinated as he wasn't allowed to enter the United States for the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami.

Evert is vaccinated but respects Djokovic's vaccine decision. “Every time Novak Djokovic participates in a tournament, it's better for tennis. It's more exciting for everyone. And the fact that he is one of the few players who can cause Nadal problems on clay makes me happy that he can play at Roland‐Garros.

I've always been a huge fan of the Big 3 players and their rivalry. I'm curious to see what will happen. I have immense respect for anyone who has their convictions and believes in them to the end. I am a big supporter of the vaccine because I truly believe it helps fight the virus and saves lives.

So it's a mixed feeling. I admire and respect Novak because he does what he feels. He is very honest and upfront with how he feels. On the other hand, I'm a big proponent of the vaccine. Everything I say it's that I'm not judging Novak one way or the other," Evert said.

Djokovic out of Indian Wells and Miami

On Wednesday, Djokovic confirmed he will not be partcipating in Indian Wells and Miami. "While I was automatically listed in the @BNPPARIBASOPEN and @MiamiOpen draw I knew it would be unlikely I’d be able to travel.

The CDC has confirmed that regulations won’t be changing so I won't be able to play in the US. Good luck to those playing in these great tournaments," Djokovic wrote on Twitter. Djokovic will now have played only one tournament in the first three months of the season.

Last week, France lifted its vaccine mandate and Djokovic is expected to play at the Monte Carlo Masters and French Open.