Unvaccinated tennis star Novak Djokovic will miss the US Open
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has announced that he will miss the 2022 US Open due to not being vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be able to travel to New York this time for the US Open,” Djokovic said. wrote in a tweet to his 9 million followers on Thursday.
“Good luck to my fellow gamers!” Djokovic added. “I will stay fit and have a positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to compete again. See you soon world of tennis!”
It comes after Djokovic said in July that he hoped US authorities would change rules requiring foreign visitors to be vaccinated against COVID-19, so he could play in the tournament.
“I’m not vaccinated and don’t plan on getting vaccinated so the only good news I can have is they’re removing the mandatory green vaccine card or whatever you call it to get in in the United States or an exemption,” Djokovic said in a statement at this time.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in April extended a rule that required all nonimmigrant noncitizens to provide proof of vaccination against the virus before boarding a plane bound for the United States.
21-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic has been at the center of controversy in the tennis world since being placed in quarantine in Australia amid an ultimately fruitless legal battle over whether he could compete in the Australian Open.
The 35-year-old tennis star was cleared to compete at the French Open and Wimbledon recently, despite his unvaccinated status.
Djokovic, along with Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, was among a handful of high-profile athletes who expressed skepticism about COVID-19 vaccines and mandates.
The 2022 US Open is scheduled to start on Monday August 29.