Despite Novak Djokovic‘s name showing up on the US Open entry list, the Serb is not yet officially entered into the tournament. Since Djokovic, age 35, has not received the COVID-19 vaccination required for entry to the United States, he is ineligible to enter the country under the current national vaccine laws.
Current U.S. law prohibits entry to any foreign national who has not been vaccinated. As expected, Djokovic‘s name appeared on the US Open’s entry list on Wednesday, and the tournament issued a statement in response.
Despite the lack of a vaccination warrant, US Open officials said they would still respect the federal government’s stance. The statement from the US Open seems to imply that they will not be advocating for an exemption.
“ITF Grand Slam rules state that the main draw fields for men’s and women’s singles are set 42 days before the first Monday of the tournament.
While the US Open does not require its players to be vaccinated, it will honor the federal government’s ban on allowing non-U.S. citizens who have not been vaccinated against measles to enter the country “A statement from the US Open said.
In other words, Novak Djokovic will not be vaccinated.
“The only good news I can get is that they are no longer requiring the mandatory green vaccine card or whatever you call it to enter the United States, so I don’t have to get vaccinated and don’t intend to get vaccinated.
A waiver doesn’t seem likely to me. As much as I’d love to visit the United States right now, I’ll have to wait for some encouraging news first “As reported by Djokovic after his Wimbledon victory,
Djokovic said last week that he would not risk a similar situation in the United States because the ordeal with the Australian visa “was not pleasant at all.”
To date, Novak Djokovic has won the US Open three times. He first competed in the tournament in 2005. After losing to Daniil Medvedev in the 2016 US Open final, Djokovic was a runner-up this year.