US tennis star argues Novak Djokovic’s Flushing Meadows ban in locker room | Tennis | sport
US tennis star Tennys Sandgren has pledged his support for Novak Djokovic following the Serbian’s ban from playing at the US Open. Djokovic will miss his second Grand Slam of the 2022 season due to his refusal to be vaccinated against Covid.
The Serbian has endured a stop-start campaign due to his vaccination status which saw him lose his place at the top of the world rankings, and his omission from Flushing Meadows is another setback. The Serb’s ban has undoubtedly divided opinions, especially among his teammates.
And Sandgren revealed that while many are happy with Djokovic’s non-appearance, he himself is disappointed not to see the former world No.1 compete. Djokovic said, quoted by the Serbian site Hello! “Tennis is an individual and selfish sport by nature. Everyone has their own interests, so when this situation arises, no one will lift a finger.
“Maybe some are happy that Novak Djokovic is not in New York, but I am saddened by the way some have behaved. Everything is sad, especially since the organizer of the US Open does not have one done enough for Novak.”
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He commented: “In a way we know that Novak won’t be playing for a while if nothing changes in terms of the rules, right? We knew that months ago. From my personal point of view, it This is very sad news.
“It’s always a shame that the best players in the world can’t play a tournament because of injuries or for different reasons. In this case, not having one of the best players in history in the draw of a Grand Slam is always a big miss, right? Like I said, tough for the fans, tough for the tournament.