4-times US Open winner John McEnroe mentioned it will be “a joke” if Novak Djokovic is unable to compete on the ultimate Grand Slam of the yr beginning later this month because of his Covid vaccination standing.
Djokovic has refused to take the vaccine and seems set to overlook out because of present US guidelines that require travellers to point out proof of full vaccination to board flights to and enter america.
The Serbian beforehand mentioned he was ready to overlook Grand Slam tournaments that require collaborating gamers to be vaccinated in opposition to Covid. At the moment, Djokovic stays on the entry listing for the August 29-September 11 event in New York.
“I do not suppose it is truthful,” McEnroe instructed reporters on Tuesday. “I feel it is a joke.
“I’d have had the vaccine and gone and performed however he is obtained very sturdy beliefs and it’s a must to respect that.
“At this level, within the pandemic, we’re two-and-a-half years in, I feel individuals in all components of the world know extra about it, and the concept he cannot journey right here to play, to me is a joke.”
Djokovic was unable to defend his Australian Open crown this yr after being deported from the nation over his vaccination standing in January.
Rafa Nadal claimed victory within the event in Melbourne to maneuver away from Djokovic and Roger Federer together with his twenty first main trophy. Nadal then went on so as to add one other Grand Slam title to his tally on the French Open, preserving him forward of Djokovic, who received Wimbledon final month.
When requested if Djokovic’s probabilities of ending above his rivals by way of Grand Slam victories had been being affected by his absences from main tournaments, McEnroe mentioned: “That is the query that all of us need to know the reply to.
“Clearly, Rafa Nadal has benefited from that. If a man has received the Australian Open eight or 9 occasions, you’d suppose (Djokovic blew) an opportunity in a manner.
“These three guys are already above everybody else. Rafa was in a position to pull off a miraculous win that not many individuals anticipated in Australia. Novak obtained there at Wimbledon after which Rafa obtained damage.”