Twenty-one time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic has introduced his absence from the upcoming US Open by way of a Twitter publish on Thursday.
Djokovic has remained unvaccinated towards Covid-19 all through the pandemic, and present US guidelines stipulate that any non-US citizen should be totally vaccinated towards the virus as a way to obtain a visa and enter the nation.
The 35-year-old Serbian wrote: “Sadly, I will be unable to journey to NY this time for US Open. Thanks #NoleFam in your messages of affection and assist.
“Good luck to my fellow gamers! I’ll maintain in good condition and optimistic spirit and anticipate a possibility to compete once more. See you quickly tennis world!”
Stacy Allaster, the event director of the US Open, stated in a press release: “Novak is a good champion and it is extremely unlucky that he can be unable to compete on the 2022 US Open, as he’s unable to enter the nation as a result of federal authorities’s vaccination coverage for non-US residents.
“We stay up for welcoming Novak again on the 2023 US Open.”
The US Open assertion additionally famous that because of Djokovic’s withdrawal going down after the beginning of the qualifiers, a “fortunate loser” can be included within the draw.
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Djokovic was deported from Australia in January, stopping his participation within the Australian Open, as a consequence of his refusal to obtain the Covid-19 vaccine.
Djokovic gained tennis’ most up-to-date main at Wimbledon in July. He was unable to compete at Indian Wells or the Miami Open in March as a result of identical US journey rules.
The draw for this yr’s US Open takes locations on Thursday at midday. The event runs from August 29 to September 11.