Novak Djokovic won’t play within the U.S. Open, as anticipated, as a result of he isn’t vaccinated towards COVID-19 and thus will not be allowed to journey to the US.
“Sadly, I won’t be able to journey to NY this time for US Open,” Djokovic wrote, wishing luck to his fellow gamers, and mentioned he would “maintain in fine condition and constructive spirit and anticipate a possibility to compete once more.”
Play is scheduled to start at Flushing Meadows on Monday.
Djokovic is a 35-year-old from Serbia who owns 21 main championships, one behind Rafael Nadal for the boys’s file. Three of Djokovic’s Slam trophies got here on the U.S. Open, in 2011, 2015 and 2018.
Sadly, I won’t be able to journey to NY this time for US Open. Thanks <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/NoleFam?src=hash&ref_src=twsrcpercent5Etfw”>#NoleFam</a> on your messages of affection and help. ❤️ Good luck to my fellow gamers! I’ll maintain in fine condition and constructive spirit and anticipate a possibility to compete once more. 💪🏼 See you quickly tennis world! 👋🏼
He additionally was the runner-up there a half-dozen occasions, together with final season, when his pursuit of the primary calendar-year Grand Slam in males’s tennis since 1969 ended with a loss within the closing to Daniil Medvedev.
The U.S. Tennis Affiliation has mentioned all alongside it would comply with authorities guidelines about vaccination standing for this 12 months’s Open. There isn’t a vaccine mandate on the match for gamers or their help groups — that means that an unvaccinated American can be allowed to compete — and spectators won’t be required to put on masks.
“Novak is a superb champion and it is vitally unlucky that he will likely be unable to compete on the 2022 U.S. Open, as he’s unable to enter the nation as a result of federal authorities’s vaccination coverage for non-U.S. residents,” mentioned Stacey Allaster, the U.S. Open match director. “We stay up for welcoming Novak again on the 2023 U.S. Open.”
A press release from the US Open: <a href=”https://t.co/E5ijwpkKjS”>pic.twitter.com/E5ijwpkKjS</a>
Djokovic missed the Australian Open in January after a protracted authorized saga ended together with his deportation from that nation as a result of he is not vaccinated towards COVID-19. He additionally sat out 4 important tournaments in North America in 2022, together with in Montreal and Cincinnati just lately.
He did play within the French Open, the place he misplaced within the quarterfinals to Nadal, and at Wimbledon, the place Djokovic received the title.
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After beating Nick Kyrgios within the Wimbledon closing on July 10, Djokovic mentioned he “would love” to take part within the final Grand Slam match of the 12 months at Flushing Meadows, however he additionally acknowledged, “I am not planning to get vaccinated.”
Djokovic has spent extra weeks at No. 1 than anybody else within the historical past of the ATP rankings. He’s No. 6 this week, partly as a result of no rankings factors have been awarded at Wimbledon this 12 months.
Among the many different gamers who won’t be on the U.S. Open for numerous causes are No. 2-ranked Alexander Zverev, the 2020 runner-up in New York; 2016 champion Angelique Kerber; 2019 French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova; Gael Monfils and Reilly Opelka.