Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will not play the US Open this month after being unable to enter the country due to Covid-19 vaccination rules.
Djokovic waited until just hours before the US Open draw before announcing his withdrawal from the tournament, hoping that the US government’s rules about the entry of unvaccinated foreigners would be lifted in time for him to compete.
However, with border regulations still in place and Djokovic remaining opposed to receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, the Wimbledon champion will miss his second Grand Slam tournament of the season after being deported from Australia ahead of the Australian Open earlier this year became.
“Unfortunately I can’t travel to the US Open in New York this time,” Djokovic posted on Twitter. “Good luck my fellow players! I will stay in good shape and positive mood and wait for an opportunity to compete again.”
Djokovic won his 21st Grand Slam title last month after beating Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final but has not played since. The 35-year-old missed tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati and said he was waiting for “good news” regarding Covid-19 vaccine rules in the United States.
After winning his seventh Wimbledon title, Djokovic said: “I am not vaccinated and do not intend to be vaccinated. The only good news I can have is that they are removing the mandatory green vaccination card or whatever you call it to enter United States or exemption.
“I don’t know. I don’t think Liberation is realistically possible. If it’s possible, I don’t know what Liberation is about. I don’t know. I don’t have many answers. I think it’s all about that , if they remove that in time for me to come to the US.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/novak-djokovic-us-open-covid-vaccine-b2152631.html Novak Djokovic out of the US Open as Covid vaccination rules remain in place