Novak Djokovic has announced that he won’t be competing at the 2020 US Open in New York.
The reason for his absence is that he is unvaccinated against Covid-19.
CNN reports that the current US rules stipulate that any non-US citizen must be fully vaccinated against the virus in order to receive a visa and enter the country.
On his social media platforms, the Serbian shared the news with his fans.
“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 players! I’ll keep in good shape and positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to compete again. See you soon tennis world!”
In a statement, Stacy Allaster, the tournament director of the US Open, said “Novak is a great champion and it is very unfortunate that he will be unable to compete at the 2022 US Open, as he is unable to enter the country due to the federal government’s vaccination policy for non-US citizens. We look forward to welcoming Novak back at the 2023 US Open.”
Because Djokovic has withdrawn from the tournament after the start of the qualifiers, a “lucky loser” will get the chance to compete. A draw will take place to determine who that person will be.
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