The deadlock between Novak Djokovic and the US government came to an inevitable end on Thursday as the unprotected Wimbledon champion withdrew from the US Open.
The United States has lifted several restrictions related to the coronavirus and travel. However, non-vaccinated foreigners are still not allowed to enter the country. Djokovic, who has contracted Covid-19 at least twice, has been consistent in his refusal to be vaccinated, arguing that it should be a personal decision rather than a condition.
“Unfortunately, I will not be able to travel to New York this time to participate in the US Open,” Djokovic wrote on Twitter Thursday morning, hours before the tournament draw which is scheduled to begin on Monday. “Thank you #NoleFam For messages of love and support. Good luck to my fellow players! I will stay in good shape and in a positive spirit and will wait for an opportunity to compete again. See you soon tennis world! “
Djokovic’s refusal to vaccinate sparked a political storm in January when he announced he had been given a special exemption to enter Australia to play in the Australian Open, the first major tennis tournament of the year.
Djokovic eventually left the country without defending his singles title there, after an epic full of developments ended Judgment by a panel of three judges That confirmed the Australian government’s decision to cancel the sports star’s visa.
Djokovic was able to play in the French Open and Wimbledon after France and England relaxed their requirements for visitors to be vaccinated. but as it is Sat next to the Wimbledon Cup in July After winning his 21st Grand Slam title, Djokovic said he seemed unlikely to play in the US Open because he had no vaccination plans and did not expect the US government to change its rules.
The US Tennis Association said earlier this summer that it would not seek a waiver on Djokovic’s behalf.
By not playing, Djokovic is giving up the chance to tie with Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam singles titles (Nadal has 22 and Djokovic has 21).
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