A spot for Novak Djokovic on the US Open entry list does not guarantee the Serb will be able to play in the tournament. Djokovic, who is 35 years old, is ineligible to enter the United States because he has not been vaccinated against the coronavirus (COVID-19).
To be clear, the current US vaccine laws forbid the entry of any foreign national who has not received the required vaccinations. The US Open announced their entry list and a statement regarding Djokovic’s inclusion on the list on Wednesday.
The US Open organizers have stated that they do not have a vaccination requirement in place but that they will respect the position of the United States government. The statement from the US Open suggests they won’t be advocating for an exemption.
“According to the ITF Grand Slam rulebook, the main draw fields for both the men’s and women’s singles competitions are set 42 days before the first Monday of the tournament. Although the US Open does not require its players to be vaccinated, it will honor the government’s ban on allowing non-U.S. citizens who have not been vaccinated against measles to enter the country “in a statement issued by the US Open.
Djokovic will not be vaccinated.
“If they do away with the requirement for a “green vaccine card” (or whatever you want to call it) in order to enter the United States, that’s the best news I can have because I have no intention of getting vaccinated.
In my opinion, getting out of it would be extremely difficult. Since visiting the United States is a major goal of mine, I plan to keep my fingers crossed for favorable developments there “Once Djokovic won Wimbledon, he made the following statement. Djokovic said last week that the ordeal he went through to obtain an Australian visa “was not pleasant at all,” and that he has no intention of repeating the experience in the United States.
A three-time winner at Flushing Meadows, Djokovic made his US Open debut in 2005. Defeated in the finals of the US Open by Daniil Medvedev, Djokovic finished second in 2013.