Former US Open champion Novak Djokovic will not participate in the US Open. The Serbian player tweeted that he would not travel to New York. He said, “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. 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!”
Earlier, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has given the last blow to 21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic. The CDC has updated its vaccine mandate for non-US citizens, making it mandatory for non-US citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccination to enter the US.
Djokovic, hoping to be approved, will no longer play his second Grand Slam. The 21-time Grand Slam champion had missed the Australia Open due to the same issue. His participation in next year’s Australian Open is also in doubt. Indeed, Djokovic is hesitant to disclose his vaccination status.
The guideline, published on Thursday, states that non-citizens entering the United States (USA) must be vaccinated before boarding any flight into the country. You must show proof of being fully immunized with the primary series of an approved COVID-19 vaccine before you can board your flight to the United States, the CDC said. Only limited exceptions will apply.
The 35-year-old has been the talk of the town since the end of the Wimbledon Championships. His unwavering stance against vaccination and stringent US regulations for compulsory vaccination meant that the issue was going to drag on.