Novak Djokovic’s chances of competing in the US Open were dealt another blow after the tournament stated that it would follow the US government’s rules regarding the Covid-19 vaccine.
Non-citizens must be fully vaccinated against coronavirus to enter the United States, which means Djokovic, who has stated repeatedly that he will not take the vaccine, will be denied entry.
The Wimbledon champion, who was also barred from competing in the Australian Open due to his anti-vaccination stance, stated after his SW19 victory that he was hoping for “some good news from USA,” but that does not appear to be the case.
The US Open issued a statement explaining that it does not have specific immunization policies:
Per the Grand Slam Rule Book, all eligible players are automatically entered into the men’s and women’s singles main draw fields based on ranking 42 days prior to the first Monday of the event.
The US Open does not have a vaccination mandate in place for players, but it will respect the US government’s position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-US citizens