Novak Djokovic spotted on the US Open entry list: will the tennis star play at the Grand Slam?

Novak Djokovic, who refuses to take the COVID-19 vaccine, is preparing hard for the US Open in hopes that he will be allowed to compete on the hard court. Djokovic said in an Instagram post: “I am preparing as if I was cleared to compete, waiting to find out if there is room for me to travel to the United States.” He also shared a video of one of his workouts along with the post.

“Crossed fingers!” he adds

The three-time US Open winner will not be able to take part in the tournament as current rules in the United States do not allow travelers to enter the country unless they are fully vaccinated. However, earlier this month the 35-year-old was included in the entry list for the Grand Slam event to be played in New York.

More than 43,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to work with the US government to allow 21-time major champion Djokovic to play at the US Open.

Meanwhile, several reports said that a Serbian group in the United States had called on President Joe Biden to let Novak Djokovic into the country.

The call to Biden apparently cites Presidential Proclamation 10294, which allows travel exceptions for non-nationals “whose entry would be in the national interest.”

“The US Open is the greatest tennis tournament in the world, and it won’t be what it is without Novak Djokovic,” the letter reads.

“Novak poses no security threat, is one of the healthiest people in the world due to his disciplined life, and serves as a role model and inspiration to millions around the world.”

“It is in America’s interest that the greatest tournament in the world welcomes the best player in the world, especially since he has just won a seventh title at Wimbledon in London,” the letter also states.

Djokovic won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles last year but was unable to defend his Melbourne Park crown this year after being kicked out of Australia due to of his vaccination status in January. He later said he was ready to miss Grand Slams rather than take the COVID-19 vaccine.

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