Novak Djokovic: ‘Disgrace’ if Serbian tennis star not allowed to enter US and compete, says Haas


Novak Djokovic may finish the 12 months because the world’s top-ranked participant however it could be a “shame” if his chances are high affected by not having the ability to compete in the USA attributable to his unvaccinated standing, Indian Wells event director Tommy Haas stated.

Djokovic missed final 12 months’s Australian Open and was deported from the nation attributable to being unvaccinated in opposition to COVID.

His three-year visa ban was overturned in November and he’s again on the Grand Slam trying to win a tenth crown and twenty second main.

The Serbian was, nonetheless, not in a position to journey to New York for the 2022 US Open with out proof of vaccination, the identical cause that pressured him to skip ATP 1000 occasions at Indian Wells and Miami earlier within the 12 months.

U.S. authorities stated this month the requirement for overseas air vacationers to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID could be in place till at the least April 10, that means Djokovic will miss out on Indian Wells and Miami once more.

Haas, additionally a former world quantity two participant, stated he hoped the foundations could be relaxed sooner to permit Djokovic to compete.

“If Djokovic stays wholesome, I don’t see how he’s not going to be primary,” Haas instructed reporters at Melbourne Park on Monday.

“Clearly the one downside being that he nonetheless can’t come to the U.S. If he doesn’t play Indian Wells and Miami in March (it is going to be powerful), they’re alleged to carry these mandates by mid-April.

“It will be good to see if we may perhaps carry these a little bit earlier and have him come to play Indian Wells and Miami. I believe he desires to play, so we must always give him the possibility. Hopefully we are able to have him there.

“I imply, it could be a shame in my eyes if he wasn’t coming to those occasions, or not allowed to return.”

Haas added Indian Wells organizers would do “every part” to assist Djokovic’s probabilities of enjoying there.

Indian Wells runs from March 8-19 and the Miami Open from March 22-April 2.

The 35-year-old has beforehand acknowledged he would miss Grand Slams relatively than have a COVID vaccine.