Serbian Novak Djokovic on Thursday announced his resignation from participating in the next US Tennis Open after he was unable to enter the country for failing to comply with the coronavirus vaccination requirement.
“Sadly, this time I won’t be able to travel to New York for the US Open. Thank you #NoleFam for your messages of love and support. Best wishes to the other players! I will keep myself in good shape and in a positive frame of mind. Will look forward to the opportunity to compete again and again. See you soon Tennis World!”, he wrote on his Twitter account.
Djokovic, a three-time champion in New York and a finalist last year, has missed the inaugural and season-ending 2022 US Tour due to refusal to be vaccinated.
The Serbian, the winner of 21 ‘Major’, could not play the last Australian Open for the same reason.
US regulations currently require non-US citizens and non-residents to present proof of vaccination when passing immigration controls, and Djokovic waited until the last minute, hoping the government would change these restrictions.
However, hours before the draw for the main draw took place, the Serb formalized his resignation from his second ‘great’ of the season. This year he was only able to take part in Roland Garros and Wimbledon, of which he was the champion.
“Novak is a great champion and it is a shame that he cannot compete in the US Open because he cannot enter the country because of the government’s vaccination requirement for non-citizens. We look forward to hosting Novak at the US Open. Can’t wait for “2023”, tournament director Stacey Allaster assured in a statement provided by the organization.
Last Monday, the United States Open published a poster to promote the start of the tournament featuring eight stars with Spain’s Rafa Nada and Carlos Alcaraz, but without Djokovic, indicating that the tournament should be held at its potential stake. Didn’t trust.
The Serbian missed the Australian Open this year and did not participate in the US tour in Indian Wells and Miami at the start of the campaign, and in Washington, Montreal and Cincinnati this summer.
Players are not required to present vaccination certificates at the US Open, but he insisted it would respect the decisions of the country’s government.
The next US Open will be held from August 29 to September 11, with defending champion Russian Daniil Medvedev as world number one.