Despite being included in the US Open entry list, Novak Djokovic is unlikely to be able to travel to the United States. The former world number 1 is not vaccinated against Coronavirus and has no intention of doing so, as he himself reiterated during Wimbledon.
The Serbian phenomenon lifted an understated season by triumphing at the Championships for the seventh time in his career and equaling Pete Sampras. Thanks to the fourth consecutive seal at Church Road, the 35-year-old from Belgrade has hoisted himself to 21 Majors and narrowed the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the all-time ranking.
2022 had given Nole very little satisfaction until the London tournament, also thanks to his choice not to undergo the double dose. The ‘Djoker’ had had to miss the Australian Open and the American Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami, as well as suffering serious damage to its image.
In recent days, several US politicians have called on Biden to change the rules of entry into the country. Former football player Chris Manno also advised the government to step back.
Chris Manno on Novak Djokovic
“These close minded dummies at the @usopen fail to realize they delegitimize their own tournament, leaving the “winner” to look like a place holder champion when they prohibit a top contender in Novak Djokovic from competing.
Let them eat themselves,” he wrote. The drama surrounding Novak Djokovic and his participation at the US Open took another turn, as he is receiving plenty of support from the fans and former players. Former American tennis player John McEnroe becomes the latest to support the Serbian.
In a recent interview with Tennis365, the former American player said, “I mean, we have to find a way to get Novak into the US Open. How can he not be there? He has just won Wimbledon, he is a great champion and he should be in the US Open”.
However, McEnroe did not agree with Djokovic’s decision to not get vaccinated. “I don’t agree with his decision not to get vaccinated, but I respect it. He is one of the fittest guys in the world and everything he puts into his body, he is watching carefully.
Now we are saying that because of his choice, he can’t play at the US Open,” he added more. Prior to the announcement, three-time US Open winner Djokovic expressed his optimism about competing at Flushing Meadows. The US Open gets underway at Flushing Meadows.