John Millman tweets about Novak Djokovic, US Open COVID laws
Australian tennis star John Millman sparked a heated row on Twitter with comments about US COVID-19 rules.
The Australian tour veteran suggested it was rich for states to lock down Novak Djokovic on his vaccination status, when so many Americans are apparently struggling to follow the laws themselves.
America requires tourists from outside the country to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can enter.
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The law means Djokovic is unable to take part in the US Open, which starts later this month. The Serbian champion was kicked out of Australia earlier this year for the same reason.
Millman – who pulled out of an ATP 250 event in Mexico after contracting COVID-19 – was clearly unimpressed to see people flouting the rules.
“I was just in the US (sic) and didn’t really feel like too many people were following any recommendations or guidelines there,” he tweeted from self-isolation.
“Which is good, but then I don’t see why (Djokovic) can’t come and compete.”
Millman’s suggestion sparked a heated debate, with American supporters unimpressed with his criticism of the rules as well as his push for Djokovic to play in New York.
He then moved to clarify his tweet.
“Let’s be clear, if everyone in the country followed the guidelines, I’m totally fine with them applying a vax entry policy,” he said.
“But from what I saw, pretty much no one was, the tournament allows non-vaxxed (US) citizens to play and only 30% got an encore.”
The debate raged despite his decision to pour cold water on it.
Millman, 33, eventually got fed up with the answers.
“Twitter is full of people with all kinds of opinions on different topics, but when an athlete has an opinion on something that has nothing to do with their sport, they’re told to ‘stick to their sport’ “, he tweeted.
Last month, it was reported that thousands of people had signed an online petition calling on the American Tennis Association to allow Djokovic to play in the country.
The US Open starts on August 29.
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