Recent off his newest win at Wimbledon 2022, tennis champion Novak Djokovic says he gained’t have the ability to compete within the upcoming US Open match as a consequence of Covid guidelines banning unvaccinated foreigners from getting into the nation.
“Sadly, I won’t be able to journey to NY this time for US Open,” Djokovic introduced Thursday after ready weeks to obtain affirmation.
“Thanks #NoleFam in your messages of affection and assist. ❤️ Good luck to my fellow gamers! I’ll preserve in good condition and constructive spirit and anticipate a chance to compete once more. 💪🏼 See you quickly tennis world!”
Djokovic, who’s gained three earlier US Open tournaments, was reportedly wanting ahead to enjoying and continued coaching as if he would have the ability to compete, based on social media posts.
“I’m making ready as if I will probably be allowed to compete, whereas I await to listen to if there may be any room for me to journey to [the] US,” he wrote on Instagram in late July.
Nevertheless, new guidelines on journey and vaccination launched by the CDC on Wednesday said that “Non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrants: You have to present proof of being absolutely vaccinated with the first collection of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine earlier than you board your flight to america. Solely restricted exceptions apply.”
A spokesperson for the US Open, Stacey Allaster, mentioned it’s unhappy Djokovic gained’t have the ability to play, writing, “Novak is a good champion and it is extremely unlucky that he will probably be unable to compete on the 2022 US Open, as he’s unable to enter the nation as a result of federal authorities’s vaccination coverage for non-U.S. residents. We stay up for welcoming Novak again on the 2023 US Open.”
The US Open is simply the most recent match within the West the place the Serbian champion gained’t have the ability to compete as a consequence of Covid vaccination journey bans, together with the Western & Southern Open which concluded in Cincinnati final Sunday, and Canada’s Nationwide Financial institution Open.
Initially of the 12 months, Djokovic was detained in Australia for 5 days forward of the 2022 Australian Open, the place he was defending champion, after he admitted to frame officers he was unvaccinated.
Resulting from being unable to defend his title, Djokovic misplaced his No. 1 rating which he’d held for a record-setting 373 consecutive weeks.
In an interview with the BBC earlier this 12 months, Djokovic mentioned bodily autonomy and the suitable to determine what he places in his physique is extra essential to him than defending titles.
It’s “the worth that I’m keen to pay,” he remarked. “I used to be by no means towards vaccination,” he added, saying he wasn’t towards all vaccines, “however I’ve all the time supported the liberty to decide on what you set in your physique.”
Djokovic went on to inform the BBC, “…The rules of choice making on my physique are extra essential than any title or the rest. I’m making an attempt to be in tune with my physique as a lot as I presumably can.”
Djokovic was allowed to compete within the latest 2022 Wimbledon match after organizers relaxed guidelines on necessary vaccination necessities. He went on to win the match for the seventh time.