Novak Djokovic suffers US Open blow

Novak Djokovic suffers US Open blow

Novak Djokovic’s chances of competing in the US Open have been severely damaged.

This came after the US Open organizers announced that it will adhere to American government regulations regarding the COVID-19 vaccination.

The U.S. Open said in a statement issued on Wednesday that it will follow the American government’s stance regarding entry into the country for unvaccinated foreign nationals despite the fact that it does not have its own vaccine mandate in place for players.

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“Per the Grand Slam Rule Book, all eligible players are automatically entered into the men’s and women’s singles main draw fields based on ranking. This is done 42 days prior to the first Monday of the event. The U.S. Open does not have a vaccination mandate in place for players; but it will respect the U.S. government’s position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-U.S. citizens,” it said.

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Non-citizens who are not immunized are prohibited from entering the US. As a result, Djokovic, who has stated time and time again that he will not take the vaccine, would not be permitted entry into the nation.

Before now, Djokovic was disqualified from the Australian Open because of his anti-vaccination stance. The Wimbledon champion claimed after winning in London that he was hoping for “some good news from USA”.

The 35-year-old, who has won three titles at Flushing Meadows, was put on the entry list for the year’s last grand slam on Wednesday, but that is just procedure and does not guarantee that he will be permitted to compete.

Although Djokovic is extremely unlikely to go, Serena Williams will be there. She was added to the entrance list. Williams, a six-time US Open champion, announced her intention to compete in her home grand slam; by registering for the majority of the US hard-court swing, which includes competitions in Toronto and Cincinnati.

Kyle Edmund of the United Kingdom will compete in his first singles match at a grand slam in two years. Due to a knee injury, the 27-year-old’s career has been put on hold; but he made a comeback at Wimbledon by competing in the mixed doubles. He will participate in the main draw due to his protected rating of 48, health pending.

 

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