It would be “a big tragedy,” according to former world No. 5 Jo Durie, if Novak Djokovic missed the US Open. Djokovic, 35, is in serious danger of skipping his second Grand Slam competition in 2022 because he has not had the COVID-19 vaccination.
Djokovic missed an opportunity to compete for a record-breaking 10th Australian Open championship earlier this year. Foreigners who are not immunized are prohibited from entering the United States under existing vaccination rules. What a mess Australia was at the start of the year.
Poor communication made things difficult for him, according to Durie, who spoke to Tennis365. “Now that the US Open is approaching, he is unable to go. Because he is not immunized, he has withdrawn from the Canadian (Open). The things he wants to undertake are so powerful in his mind, but they appear difficult at the moment.
It’s regrettable. At the present, they are the regulations in America. The majority of nations have now become more open, but who am I to decide whether he should be let to play? It’s a tremendous shame he can’t play right now since he would undoubtedly be the favorite.
Djokovic formally canceled his participation in the Montreal Masters this week. Canada, like the US, requires visitors from other countries to present proof of immunization upon entry.
Djokovic is currently slated to miss his third Masters of the year, and in two weeks, he will probably miss his fourth. Djokovic was denied entry into the country in March in order to compete in the Masters tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami.
Djokovic will now likely skip Cincinnati Masters, which begins immediately after Montreal, in addition to skipping Montreal. Djokovic‘s participation in this year’s North American hard court swing is still uncertain.