Novak Djokovic‘s participation in the upcoming US Open is becoming less certain. The Serbian would not be able to take part in the American Masters 1000 and, more importantly, travel to New York in time for the year’s final Grand Slam due to the regulations in place in the United States, which require visitors to show proof of having completed their vaccination cycle at the border.
Despite these presumptions, Belgrade made the decision to practice tirelessly and wait until the very last minute in the hopes that the nation’s entry requirements may alter. The number of people who are speaking out in favor of Djokovic has grown significantly in recent days, from the Change.org petition to quotes from John McEnroe and other well-known Americans.
“I just wanted to say thank you,” said Djokovic.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion wanted to express their gratitude to everyone who supported them on Instagram. Having written: “I just wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude to each and every one of you for the numerous messages of love and support I have been receiving lately from all around the world.
Because I didn’t anticipate it, it feels really mind-blowing.
I only wanted to express gratitude. People’s love and support for my tennis career and their desire for me to keep competing make me feel special. While I wait to hear if I can travel to the US, I am preparing as if I will be able to compete.
Cross your fingers! “Djokovic has entered both the US Open and the Cincinnati Masters 1000, but everything will rely on the regulations that apply in the upcoming weeks. Unvaccinated players will not be subject to any restrictions at the tournament, according to the USTA, but they must respect the government’s stance on foreign nationals entering the country.
More information on this scenario should be released in the next days: what about Djokovic?