Novak Djokovic says he won’t be able to journey to New York to compete on the US Open, the final Grand Slam of the yr that begins subsequent week.
Djokovic, who has chosen to not have a Covid-19 vaccine, will miss out on the match resulting from present US guidelines requiring travellers to point out proof of full vaccination to board flights to and enter the nation.
“Sadly, I won’t be able to journey to NY this time for US Open,” Djokovic wrote on Twitter. “Good luck to my fellow gamers! I am going to hold in good condition and optimistic spirit and look ahead to a possibility to compete once more.”
He was additionally unable to defend his Australian Open crown this yr after being deported from the nation over his vaccination standing in January.
The Serb beforehand mentioned he was ready to overlook Grand Slam tournaments that require taking part gamers to be vaccinated towards Covid-19.
Djokovic was on the entry listing for the match in New York earlier than his social media put up and the US Open’s assertion on Thursday mid-afternoon.
The US Open organisers mentioned Djokovic’s withdrawal had taken place forward of the draw they usually clarified the official seeding listing shouldn’t be decided till the draw is made.
As a result of qualifying match having already commenced, Djokovic’s withdrawal resulted in a fortunate loser being included within the draw.
Stacey Allaster, the US Open match director, mentioned: “Novak is a good champion and it is rather unlucky that he might be unable to compete on the 2022 US Open, as he’s unable to enter the nation because of the federal authorities’s vaccination coverage for non-US residents. We look ahead to welcoming Novak again on the 2023 US Open.”
After beating Nick Kyrgios within the Wimbledon ultimate on July 10, Djokovic mentioned he would like to take part within the final Grand Slam match of the yr at Flushing Meadows.
Round three weeks later he posted on social media he was holding out hope of getting the prospect to play and wrote: “I’m making ready as if I might be allowed to compete, whereas I await to listen to if there’s any room for me to journey to US. Fingers crossed!”
The draw for the competitors, with out Djokovic in it, will happen in a while Thursday and performs begins on Monday.
McEnroe: Djokovic lacking out over Covid vaccine standing and journey guidelines could be ‘a joke’
Earlier within the week, the four-time US Open winner John McEnroe mentioned it might be “a joke” if Djokovic was unable to compete at Flushing Meadows resulting from his Covid vaccination standing.
“I do not suppose it is truthful,” McEnroe instructed reporters on Tuesday. “I believe it is a joke.
“I might have had the vaccine and gone and performed however he is received very robust beliefs and it’s a must to respect that.
“At this level, within the pandemic, we’re two-and-a-half years in, I believe folks in all elements of the world know extra about it, and the concept that he cannot journey right here to play, to me is a joke.”
Rafael Nadal claimed victory within the match in Melbourne to maneuver away from Djokovic and Roger Federer along with his twenty first main title. Nadal went on so as to add one other Grand Slam title to his tally on the French Open, preserving him forward of Djokovic, who gained Wimbledon final month.
When requested if Djokovic’s probabilities of ending above his rivals when it comes to Grand Slam victories had been being affected by his absences from main tournaments, McEnroe mentioned: “That is the query that all of us wish to know the reply to.
“Clearly, Rafa Nadal has benefited from that. If a man has gained 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 capable of pull off a miraculous win that not many individuals anticipated in Australia. Novak received there at Wimbledon after which Rafa received damage.”
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