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One of ESPN’s most notable tennis figures will not be on their early US Open coverage. The network announced Tuesday that lead tennis analyst John McEnroe is out for an indefinite span thanks to COVID-19:

Following his 1978-1994 playing career (in singles; he played doubles through 2006), McEnroe pivoted to a variety of other work. That’s included TV and movie appearances, Davis Cup captaincy, and more.

McEnroe has also been a prominent tennis media commentator across networks for the past two-plus decades. He’s worked with ESPN regularly since 2009. Beyond his work on live broadcasts there, he’s also done an ESPN+ McEnroe’s Places series on tennis history, and has narrated Netflix’s Never Have I Ever teen drama. He’s also appeared in a pickleball game on the network while criticizing that sport, the latest incarnation of his famed “You cannot be serious” cry (which he also used as his biography title).

From this past Sunday through Sept. 10, ESPN is offering significant US Open coverage across their various platforms. They’ll have more than 260 hours of coverage on linear networks ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Deportes, with further coverage streaming on ESPN+. And McEnroe was expected to be a significant part of that; he was involved in a company preview conference call alongside fellow analyst Chris Evert last week. So his absence is certainly notable, and will alter ESPN’s coverage plans. We send our best wishes and hope that he’s able to return to their airwaves soon.

[ESPN PR on Twitter]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.