World #3 Novak Djokovic could well contest his last Grand Slam of the season Wimbledon Championships 2022. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is having one of his most difficult seasons this year and it has nothing to do with his fitness as he has been denied permission to enter countries due to his personal choice not to remain vaccinated against Covid-19 , where the state requires compulsory vaccination for every foreigner wishing to enter.
He was first rejected in Australia, resulting in his being deported a few hours before his first-round match in Australia Australian Open 2022. During the hard court season in the United States, he was banned from competing at Indian Wells and Miami. While he’s had a full clay-court season, in the coming months, when the Tour shifts its focus to the US again for the US Open leg, Novak will remain absent for those weeks as the US’s latest vaccination guideline will see Djokovic miss those US Open 2022 also.
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“Even if I come in, they would see me playing tennis on TV and pick me up”: Novak Djokovic
That US Open As such, he has not commented on the vaccination situation as unvaccinated American players such as Tenny’s Sandgren can actually play. Sandgren himself had questioned his own country’s policy, believing it was clear discrimination. However, Novak has made it clear he wants to avoid the drama in Australia, where he believes he was mistreated as he had the TUE and was allowed to board the flight but was then denied entry through immigration.
“At this time no unvaccinated persons can enter the United States. I’ve heard unofficially that some people have gotten away with it, some people who aren’t ‘famous’ but | would never try to go to the US if it’s not allowed. Some people think that I made that mistake in Australia, but it was actually the opposite – I had the exemption etc., let’s not repeat the same story again. The bottom line is, if I’m told I can’t go, I won’t go, I would never put myself in that position. Even if I come in they would see me playing tennis on TV and they would pick me up!
“Seriously, I texted Tennys Sandgren a few days ago. I wanted to thank him for the public support he gave me in this situation. What he said makes perfect sense – if unvaccinated players are not allowed to compete at the US Open, then everyone should be. I don’t see the medical logic behind Tennys being able to play because he’s a US citizen and I’m not. If I had a US passport or a green card, I could play.
“Perhaps there is a political logic to this – not medical – but I’d rather not go into that and you can understand why. Grand Slams are tournaments that are my priority at this stage of my career and of course I want to play in New York. On the other hand, if I don’t get the chance, it won’t be the end of the world, we’ll look ahead. But right now I’m totally focused on it Wimbledon“ said Novak, as reported by a Serbian journalist Sasa Ozmo.
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https://firstsportz.com/tennis-news-there-is-a-political-logic-not-medical-novak-djokovic-clarifies-his-intention-of-skipping-the-us-open-amidst-the-illogical-vaccination-policies-of-the-country/ “There is a political logic, not a medical one,” Novak Djokovic clarified his intention to skip the US Open amid the country’s “illogical” vaccination policy