Novak Djokovic Still Unable To Enter Country; Withdraws From US Open

TOKYO, JAPAN --JULY 28: Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain during the Men's Singles Third Round Tennis Match on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games


Novak Djokovic will miss another Grand Slam tournament.

On Thursday, before the start of the main draw for the 2022 U.S. Open in New York, Djokovic announced that he will not be competing due to his COVID vaccination status.

Djokovic has remained unvaccinated, so has been unable to travel to the United States.

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,” Djokovic wrote on Twitter. “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!”

US Open Tournament Director Stacey Allaster shared a statement of her own after the news became official.

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

The US Open, which is the fourth and final Grand Slame of the year, takes place at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York and will run through September 12, 2022.

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