Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Novak Djokovic: Unvaccinated Serbian will not feature in the US Open 2022

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Following the US Open’s announcement that it will abide by American government regulations on the Covid-19 vaccine, Novak Djokovic‘s chances of competing there took a further hit.

To enter the US, non-citizens must be properly immunized against the coronavirus; as Novak Djokovic has repeatedly stated, he will not take the shot, he will not be permitted admission.

The Australian Open and Wimbledon winner, Novak Djokovic, who opposes vaccinations claimed after winning in London that he was keen for “hopefully 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.

A statement from the US Open, says: “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 42 days prior to the first Monday of the event. The US Open does not have a vaccination mandate in place for players, but it will respect the US government’s position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-US citizens.”

Novak Djokovic was hoping he could play in the US Open

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credit: Der Spiegel

Although Djokovic is extremely unlikely to go, Serena Williams will be there after being 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 be in the main draw due to his protected ranking of 48, health pending.

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