The weeks go by and the situation does not change, Novak Djokovic still does not have the complete vaccination schedule, so he could not enter the United States to play the US Open.
“The US Open does not have a vaccination mandate for players, but will respect the position of the United States government regarding travel to the country by non-vaccinated non-US citizens,” the Grand Slam organization explained in a statement. after announcing the list of participants.
“In accordance with the ITF Grand Slam regulations, all eligible players are automatically entered into the men’s and women’s singles main draws based on their ranking 42 days prior to the first Monday of the event,” the organization reported.
But not only in New York are the doors closed to him. On August 7, a new edition of the Montreal Masters 1000 begins and a warning has been issued to ‘Nole’ from the tournament. “The situation is very clear: Canada changes the rules or Djokovic will have to get the vaccine. And I do not consider either of the two scenarios likely,” said its director Eugène Lapierre.
The Canadian Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos, has also referred to one of the topics that will give the most talk in the coming weeks in sport: “The rules apply to everyone. There are always exceptions, but The rules apply to everyone.”
In this sense, the tennis player, who has already insisted that he will not be vaccinated, sets the US Open as the next big goal, although it will depend on whether the countries allow him entry as they do not have the vaccination guideline. “If I have permission, I’ll be there. If I don’t, I won’t go, it’s not the end of the world,” he assured. “I am a professional tennis player, I don’t get involved in politics or anything because that doesn’t interest me. I have my position and I am in favor of the freedom to choose what is best for you. I respect everything and everyone, and I hope that people at least respect My decision”.
Deported from Australia
Djokovic recalled his experience in Australia, where he was deported for not being vaccinated, and explained his position. “People still think I forced my way into Australia and tried to enter without permission or with an exemption, it’s not true,” he said. “That was proven at trial, so I would never go to a country where I didn’t have permission to travel. I would love to go back to Australia. I love Australia, I had my best Grand Slam results in that country.”
In this sense, the player assured that ” hopefully I can be there in January because I want to be there and I also want to be in New York. I want to be in the United States and in all the places where I can play.” To top it off, Djokovic is currently facing the prospect of missing not only the US Open, but also the ATP 1000 events in Toronto and Cincinnati.
“Air travelers who are neither citizens nor immigrants to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination status against COVID-19 before boarding an aircraft to fly to the United States,” a recent statement issued by the White House.