Novak Djokovic withdraws from the US Open. He is unvaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 and never allowed to obtain a visa and enter the nation

Djokovic has remained unvaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 all through the pandemic, and present US guidelines stipulate that any non-US citizen should be totally vaccinated in opposition to the virus with the intention to obtain a visa and enter the nation.

The 35-year-old Serbian wrote: “Sadly, I will not be able to travel to NY this time for US Open. Thank you #NoleFam for your messages of love and support.

“Good luck to my fellow gamers! I am going to hold in fine condition and optimistic spirit and await a chance to compete once more. See you quickly tennis world!”

Stacy Allaster, the match director of the US Open, stated in a press release: “Novak is a good champion and it is vitally unlucky that he can be unable to compete on the 2022 US Open, as he’s unable to enter the nation as a result of federal authorities’s vaccination coverage for non-US residents.

“We look forward to welcoming Novak back at the 2023 US Open.”

The US Open assertion additionally famous that because of Djokovic’s withdrawal happening after the beginning of the qualifiers, a “lucky loser” can be included within the draw.

Djokovic was deported from Australia in January, stopping his participation within the Australian Open, on account of his refusal to obtain the Covid-19 vaccine.

Djokovic gained tennis’ most up-to-date main at Wimbledon in July. He was unable to compete at Indian Wells or the Miami Open in March as a result of similar US journey laws.

The draw for this yr’s US Open takes locations on Thursday at midday. The match runs from August 29 to September 11.