ESPN’s partnership with Moderna led to an awkward situation at the end of the US Open.
Novak Djokovic, who was unable to play in last year’s US Open due to his unvaccinated status, won this year’s Open in straight sets vs Daniil Medvedev.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC EMERGES VICTORIOUS 🏆
— ESPN (@espn) September 10, 2023
At the end of the tourney, Djokovic was awarded Moderna’s “shot of the day” by ESPN, which led to fans blasting the promotion for how ridiculous it was.
ESPN just featured the ‘Moderna Shot of the Day’ by the only player who refused the 'vaccine': @DjokerNole.
Seems Novak knows how to pick his shots, both on and off the court. 😏 pic.twitter.com/RBDXdu0rjS
— Dr. Simon Goddek (@goddeketal) September 11, 2023
The Moderna "shot" of the day at the US open.
Irony is dead. pic.twitter.com/rURM1Vay6p
— Jay Bhattacharya (@DrJBhattacharya) September 11, 2023
ESPN should have probably reconsidered airing the “Moderna shot of the day” for Djokovic, who has been a vocal critic of the vaccine.