Novak Djokovic set to overlook Indian Wells & Miami Open as US extends vaccine necessities

Novak Djokovic is presently in Australia – 12 months after he was deported from the nation

Novak Djokovic is about to overlook Indian Wells and the Miami Open after the USA prolonged its requirement for worldwide guests to be vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19.

Proof of vaccination will likely be required to enter the nation till not less than 10 April however Serbia’s Djokovic has beforehand mentioned he’s unvaccinated.

Indian Wells and the Miami Open – two of essentially the most prestigious tournaments on the tennis calendar exterior the Grand Slams – begin on 6 and 20 March respectively.

Former world primary Djokovic, 35, is presently in Australia – 12 months after he was deported from the nation earlier than the Australian Open due to his vaccination standing.

Australia dropped its vaccine necessities in July and Djokovic’s three-year visa ban was overturned in November.

He’s by means of to the second spherical of the Adelaide Worldwide as he continues his build-up to the Australian Open, the primary main of the season, which begins on 16 January.

Djokovic is a nine-time champion in Melbourne and is only one Grand Slam title shy of Rafael Nadal’s males’s report of twenty-two.

Talking about his 2022 expertise in Australia, by which he was detained and compelled to remain at an immigration resort, he mentioned: “You can’t forget those events. It’s one of these things that sticks with you, it stays with you for I guess the rest of your life.

“It was one thing that I’ve by no means skilled earlier than, and hopefully by no means once more.”


BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller

The back-to-back tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami are not only extremely prestigious, but also often an important staging post to the three summer Grand Slams.

It is possible Djokovic’s absence from these events last year contributed to his quarter-final defeat by Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, although there was the added complication of not being able to play in Australia either.

Djokovic could possibly return to world number one by winning the Australian Open, but forfeiting up to 2,000 ranking points in missing the US tournaments may well have a significant bearing on his ranking thereafter.

And with every extension of the US vaccine requirement, the threat of Djokovic missing August’s US Open increases.

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