Novak Djokovic retires from the US Open. He is not vaccinated against Covid-19 and is not allowed to receive a visa and enter the country



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Twenty-one time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic has announced his absence from the upcoming US Open via a Twitter post on Thursday.

Djokovic remained unvaccinated against Covid-19 throughout the pandemic, and current US rules stipulate that any non-US citizen must be fully vaccinated against the virus to receive a visa and enter the country.

The 35-year-old Serbian wrote: “Unfortunately, this time I will not be able to travel to New York for the US Open. Thank you #NoleFam for your messages of love and support.

“Good luck to my fellow players! I will keep myself in good shape and positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to compete again. See you soon, the world of tennis! ”

Stacy Allaster, tournament director of the US Open, said in a statement: “Novak is a great champion and is very unfortunate that he will not be able to compete in the US Open 2022, as he cannot enter the country due to the government’s vaccination policy. federal for non-U.S. citizens.

“We look forward to welcoming Novak back to the US Open 2023”.

The US Open statement also noted that following Djokovic’s withdrawal after qualifying began, a “lucky loser” will be included in the draw.

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Djokovic was expelled from Australia in January, barring his participation in the Australian Open, due to his refusal to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Djokovic won the last tennis major at Wimbledon in July. He was unable to compete in Indian Wells or the Miami Open in March due to the same travel rules as the United States.

This year’s US Open draw will take place on Thursday at noon. The tournament runs from 29 August to 11 September.