November 27, 2022
‘See you quickly tennis world’: Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic withdrew from the US Open on Thursday as his refusal to get vaccinated means he can’t journey to america in a transfer which had been extensively anticipated.

It’s the second Grand Slam the 35-year-old Serb will miss resulting from not being jabbed after he was deported previous to the Australian Open earlier this 12 months.

“Sadly, I will be unable to journey to NY this time for US Open,” tweeted Djokovic, a three-time US Open champion.

“Good luck to my fellow gamers! I am going to preserve in good condition and optimistic spirit and anticipate a possibility to compete once more. See you quickly tennis world.”

Djokovic’s announcement got here simply 90 minutes earlier than the draw for the ultimate Slam of the season was made in New York.

Organisers introduced he would get replaced within the draw by a fortunate loser from qualifying.

Stacey Allaster, US Open Event Director, regretted the absence of a participant who has received 21 Grand Slams, only one behind the lads’s document held by Rafael Nadal.

“Novak is a good champion and it is extremely unlucky that he will likely 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-U.S. residents,” Allaster stated in an announcement.

“We look ahead to welcoming Novak again on the 2023 US Open.”

Tennis legend John McEnroe had blasted the Djokovic ban as a “joke”

“At this level, within the pandemic, we’re two and a half years in, I feel 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,” stated McEnroe.

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Sarcastically, in the course of the peak of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, Djokovic was allowed to compete at New York the place he was champion in 2011, 2015 and 2018.

He has additionally missed Masters occasions this 12 months at Indian Wells, Miami and Cincinnati and at Montreal resulting from his stance on the vaccine.

Djokovic has not performed since securing a seventh Wimbledon title in July.

Solely final month, Djokovic stated he was “making ready to play” within the US Open, a event with which he has had a bittersweet relationship lately.

In 2020, he was defaulted after by chance hitting a line decide with a ball he had angrily swiped away.

Final 12 months, he was defeated within the ultimate by Daniil Medvedev, a consequence which ended his hopes of changing into the primary man since Rod Laver in 1969 to finish the calendar Grand Slam.

Djokovic has obtained some sympathy from gamers on the tour.

“Unusual argument to make that it is unrealistic to suppose gov coverage needs to be modified or particular allowances made. Principally each event performed in 2020/2021 was resulting from particular allowances,” tweeted US participant Tennys Sandgren.

“How are you going to simply reminiscence gap nearly 2 years?”

Djokovic is because of return to the tour on the Laver Cup in London from September 23-25 the place he’ll play alongside Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.

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