U.S. Open confirms Novak Djokovic can’t play unless he’s vaccinated against Covid

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The US Open confirmed it Novak Djokovic He will not be able to play in the tournament next month unless he is fully vaccinated against him COVID-19.

in statement Released on Wednesday, the US Open said that while it does not have its own vaccination mandate for players, it will respect the US government’Attitude regarding travel In the country for non-U.S. citizens who are not vaccinated.

The US requires non-citizens to be fully vaccinated against Covid in order to enter the country. As a result, Djokovic, who has repeatedly stated that he will not take the vaccine, will not be allowed to enter the country.

This would effectively judge the Wimbledon champion in the tournament, which begins on August 29.

“for every Grand Slam rule bookThe US Open said in its statement that all eligible players are automatically entered into the major men’s and women’s singles draws based on the order 42 days prior to the first Monday of the event.

“The US Open does not have a mandate to vaccinate players, but it will respect the position of the US government regarding travel into the country for non-vaccinated non-US citizens,” she said.

Djokovic, who was also banned from playing at the Australian Open due to a vaccination status, said after his victory in London that he was hoping for “some good news from the USA”, according to a British newspaper. Watchman.

The 35-year-old tennis star was named to the entry list for the Grand Slam finals on Wednesday, but as the US Open indicated, this is routine and does not mean he is allowed to play.

Djokovic has said earlier He was willing to sacrifice competition in tournaments for the sake of Staying not immune to Covid-19.

“Decision principles on my body are more important than any title or anything else,” he told the BBC in his first interview after He was deported from Australia on the case in February.

“I understand the consequences of my decision,” he said, stressing that he has not yet been vaccinated and is willing to sacrifice titles to stay that way.

The US Open said the US leads all nations with 15 women and 13 men gaining direct entry.

Serena Williams was among the list of participants to win six titles at the US Open.

Two of the 15 Americans, Serena Williams and Taylor Townsend, entered the special arrangement: 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams entered the protected 16th place, while Townsend entered the 84th protected. She added that the top 10 players Jessica Pegola and Danielle Collins They were the highest ranked American women in this field at seventh and eighth, respectively.

“The American men are led by No. 13 Taylor Fritz and No. 17 Riley Opelka, as well as three other Americans among the first four alternates,” she added.

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