After weeks of speculation, 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic has finally been included in the official draw of the 2022 Indian Wells Masters. Djokovic’s participation in the Golden Swing remains in doubt due to his vaccination status. Despite being included in the draw, the Serb is still unlikely to feature at Indian Wells.
He’s still not allowed to enter the US as the first round matches start in a few days. The official BNP Paribas Open Twitter handle released an official statement on Djokovic following the release of the draw, in which they explained that he was included in the draw as he is still on the tournament’s entry list.
The statement went on to say that his participation will be determined based on whether or not he receives CDC clearance to enter the country.
“Novak Djokovic is on the list of tournament participants and will therefore be included in the draw today. We are currently in communication with his team; However, it has not been specified if he will attend the event by getting clearance from the CDC to enter the country. We will provide updates in the future as we learn more.” the tournament statement read.
Twitterati calls for Indian Wells to ‘passive’ stand
Many fans weren’t happy with Indian Wells’ decision to include Djokovic in the draw. They claimed that with so much uncertainty about his participation, Djokovic’s removal, if necessary, would only ruin the draw for other players.
Some people also called for the tournament to take a soft stance on the matter, as they expected they would ‘ban’ Djokovic given his unvaccinated status.
On the other hand, some fans supported Djokovic and urged them to let the Serb play as he is one of the best players in the world.
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