New York Jets star quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemingly applauded Novak Djokovic's anti-vaccine stance after watching the Serb's US Open round-of-16 win. On Sunday night in New York, Djokovic saw off Borna Gojo 6-2 7-5 6-4. Rodgers, one of the best NFL quarterbacks over the last two decades, was in the stands for Djokovic's match.
After the match, Rodgers posted a photo from the match that included a hashtag that read: "(goat emoji) #novaxdjokovic." Also, Rodgers drew a red line over the Moderna logo - a company that produces COVID-19 vaccines. Rodgers' Instagram Story also included a caption: "Bucket list (checked) being able to witness the greatness of @djokernole in person at #arthurashestadium."
What Djokovic said about Rodgers' presence in the stands
Djokovic, who is known as a big sports lover, knows extremely well who is Rodgers and his resume.
After beating Gojo, Djokovic said he "respects the greatness" and that it was his pleasure to see Rodgers coming to his match.
"It's a pleasure to have Aaron in the stands tonight for the match.
I hope he enjoyed himself. Obviously him, Tom Brady being in my box for Roland Garros finals, and sitting next to my wife, was a huge honor. I have a relationship with Tom for several years. We go back. I have tremendous respect for him.
Yeah, I mean, I try to maintain and nurture relationships with athletes from different sports because, as an athlete, of course I relate to them, I identify myself with what they are doing, and I can understand the pain, the sacrifice, the dedication.
I respect the greatness, especially the guys that have made it to an all-time great level in their respective sports. Those are the kind of people that you want to be around. You want to learn things from them because you never know, there are things that can be so inspirational, as they are in my relationship with Tom," Djokovic said.