US Open 2022: Novak Djokovic will miss tournament due to his COVID-19 vaccine status


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Novak Djokovic introduced Thursday that he will not give you the chance to journey to the United States for the upcoming US Open in New York and has withdrawn from the tournament. According to ESPN, Djokovic’s withdrawal stems from U.S. journey restrictions for overseas nationals and his COVID-19 vaccination status.

“Sadly, I will not be able to travel to NY this time for US Open. Thank you #NoleFam for your messages of love and support,” Djokovic wrote in a post to his Twitter account. “Good luck to my fellow players! I’ll keep in good shape and positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to compete again.”

Djokovic, who’s coming off of a win within the final main tournament at Wimbledon in July, has refused to take get the COVID-19 vaccine and has proven he’s keen to skip tournaments in nations that require him to be vaccinated. That contains tournament within the United States, as present journey restrictions within the nation state that COVID-19 vaccines are wanted for overseas nationals.

In July, Djokovic had expressed hope that the United States would reverse its insurance policies, which might have allowed him to compete within the last main of the 12 months and protect his spot within the present world rankings. Djokovic had been ranked No. 1 on this planet earlier this 12 months, however has since fallen to No. 6.

“I am preparing as if I will be allowed to compete, while I await to hear if there is any room for me to travel to [the] US,” Djokovic wrote in an Instagram publish in July.

The US Open joins a rising checklist of tournaments which have barred Djokovic from competitors due to his vaccination status, which most notably contains the Australian Open earlier this 12 months.

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