Serbian tennis star, who additionally missed Australian Open this yr, says he’ll hold in ‘good condition and constructive spirit’.
Tennis star Novak Djokovic has introduced that he won’t be able to journey to New York Metropolis for the US Open, lacking one other Grand Slam amid his refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Djokovic mentioned on Thursday he’ll hold in “good condition and constructive spirit and look forward to a possibility to compete once more”. The match, the final Grand Slam of the yr, is ready to kick off subsequent week.
“Sadly, I won’t be able to journey to NY this time for US Open. Thanks #NoleFam in your messages of affection and help,” Djokovic wrote on Twitter, referring to his fan membership.
Sadly, I won’t be able to journey to NY this time for US Open. Thanks #NoleFam in your messages of affection and help. ❤️ Good luck to my fellow gamers! I’ll hold in good condition and constructive spirit and look forward to a possibility to compete once more. 💪🏼 See you quickly tennis world! 👋🏼
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) August 25, 2022
The United States has been stress-free COVID-19 restrictions domestically, nevertheless it nonetheless requires travellers who should not US residents or everlasting residents to be totally vaccinated earlier than boarding a flight into the nation. The US had dropped testing necessities for worldwide travellers in June.
Djokovic performed in final yr’s US Open and made it to the ultimate of the boys’s singles. The virus was thought-about a better public well being danger then, however the US solely had a testing – not a vaccine – requirement for entry at the moment.
Djokovic, the world’s former world primary who’s now sixth within the rating, stirred controversy earlier this yr when his visa was cancelled after arriving in Melbourne to compete within the Australian Open.
The 35-year-old Serbian was finally deported after a days-long saga, involving politicians and the authorized system in Australia.
“Guidelines are guidelines, particularly in the case of our borders,” Australia’s then-Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned at the moment.
Djokovic has beforehand mentioned that he is not going to get the COVID-19 vaccine, even when it means he won’t be able to play in some tournaments.
The USA Tennis Affiliation (USTA) referred to as Djokovic’s absence from the US Open “unlucky” on Thursday.
“Novak is a good champion and it is extremely unlucky that he might be unable to compete on the 2022 US Open, as he’s unable to enter the nation because of the federal authorities’s vaccination coverage for non-US residents,” mentioned US Open match director Stacey Allaster in a press release.
“We sit up for welcoming Novak again on the 2023 US Open.”
The US Open doesn’t have a vaccine requirement for gamers. Djokovic has received the match 3 times and reached the ultimate on six different events.
This yr, he competed within the French Open, in addition to Wimbledon – the place he received the title final month.