The US Open organisers on Wednesday, July 20 confirmed that they might adhere to the US authorities’s vaccine mandate. Djokovic, who has been refusing to get vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19, is ready to overlook the season’s ultimate Grand Slam.

Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic’s US Open 2022 desires all however over (Reuters Picture)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Djokovic was named within the entry checklist for US Open 2022
  • Nonetheless, US Open organisers to stick to US govt’s vaccine mandate
  • Travellers to the US must be totally vaccinated in opposition to Covid

Novak Djokovic is not going to be eligible to play the season’s ultimate Grand Slam — the US Open — later this yr because the organisers confirmed on Wednesday, July 20 that they may adhere to the US authorities’s vaccination mandate. Djokovic was barred from taking part in the Australian Open in January after he refused to take vaccination in opposition to Covid-19.

The US authorities has made it obligatory for travellers searching for to enter america must be totally vaccinated and supply proof earlier than boarding flights.

The US Open on Wednesday confirmed the women and men’s singles entry lists and had Djokovic title listed however that may be a routine and never a sign that he’ll play.

“Per the ITF Grand Slam rulebook, all eligible gamers are robotically entered into the boys’s and girls’s singles main-draw fields based mostly on rating 42 days previous to the primary Monday of the occasion,” america Tennis Affiliation (USTA) stated in a information launch.

“The U.S. Open doesn’t have a vaccination mandate in place for gamers, however it should respect the U.S. authorities’s place concerning journey into the nation for unvaccinated non-U.S. residents,” it added.

Novak Djokovic, who gained Wimbledon after defeating Nick Kyrgios within the ultimate in July, had made it clear after the grass-court Grand Slam that he would preserve his stance on not taking the Covid vaccine. Nonetheless, Djokovic added that he hoped for some excellent news from the US Open organisers.

Nearly 12,000 individuals have signed a web-based petition calling for the USTA to work with the nation’s authorities to permit Djokovic to compete within the U.S. Open regardless of his refusal to take the Covid-19 vaccine.

Djokovic has repeatedly harassed that he’s keen to forgo alternatives so as to add to his Grand Slam tally of 21 to keep up his unvaccinated standing, saying he desires to manage what he places in his physique.

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