Novak Djokovic will not play in the US Open.
The Wimbledon champion has not been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and cannot travel to New York for the tournament, which begins on August 29.
The 35-year-old tennis player wrote on Twitter on Thursday (25.08.22): Good luck to my fellow players! Stay in shape and a positive spirit and wait for the opportunity to compete again. See you soon in the world of tennis!”
Novak came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said international travelers must be vaccinated against the virus that has led to the deaths of millions of Americans. Proof of vaccination status must be presented.
Last month, Grand Slam organizers released a statement about the former ATP World No. 1 who was unable to compete in the tournament at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“While the US Open does not require vaccinations for players, it respects the U.S. government’s position regarding the entry of unvaccinated non-U.S. citizens.”
After a win over Nick Kyrgios at the All England club last month, Novak admitted he was “unvaccinated” and had no plans to change that anytime soon.
“I have not been vaccinated and do not plan to be vaccinated, so the only good news is that they have a mandatory green vaccine card, or called a waiver, to enter the United States. To delete things, which I don’t do, and I don’t think exemptions are realistic. [an] The exemption would be approx. “
In January, the ATP World No. 6, who has won 21 Grand Slams in his career, was expelled from Australia at the Australian Open after refusing to vaccinate.