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Novak Djokovic incorporated on US Open entry record but USTA to follow federal plan for unvaccinated tourists


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Novak Djokovic, who was deported from Australia in January after traveling there unvaccinated for the 1st Grand Slam match of the year, was stated on the U.S. Open men’s singles entry checklist on Wednesday, but a assertion from the match clarified that participation for players who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 will however be topic to U.S. plan. 

The 21-time Grand Slam winner was on the formal listing offered by the USTA but only as a formality, as the list features all players who are eligible dependent on WTA and ATP rankings as of July 18. 

Novak Djokovic is seen in action against Aljaz Bedene during the French Open on May 27, 2022, in Paris.

Novak Djokovic is seen in motion from Aljaz Bedene in the course of the French Open up on Could 27, 2022, in Paris.
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Djokovic, who has refused to get vaccinated in buy to contend in tournaments, is at risk of lacking the U.S. Open this calendar year due to the fact the United States does not let unvaccinated non-citizens to enter the region. 

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USTA provided a assertion asserting that when the match does not have a vaccine mandate, it will adhere to federal policy.

“For every the ITF Grand Slam rulebook, all suitable gamers are quickly entered into the men’s and women’s singles most important-draw fields dependent on rating 42 days prior to the to start with Monday of the event,” the statement examine. 

Novak Djokovic prepares to take his seat on a plane to Belgrade, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 17, 2022.

Novak Djokovic prepares to take his seat on a plane to Belgrade, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 17, 2022.
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“The U.S. Open does not have a vaccination mandate in position for gamers, but it will regard the U.S. government’s posture regarding journey into the region for unvaccinated non-U.S. citizens.” 

Djokovic skipped out on functions in California and Miami previously this period as a final result, and can not contend at the Cincinnati Masters future thirty day period. The U.S. Open, which commences Aug. 29, is up coming on his record. 

Djokovic defeated Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios earlier this thirty day period to earn Wimbledon – earning his 21st Grand Slam title. Soon after the match, he mentioned he “would like” to enter the U.S. Open up, but additional: “I’m not scheduling to get vaccinated.”

Novak Djokovic plays against Aljaz Bedene during the French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2022, in Paris, France.

Novak Djokovic performs against Aljaz Bedene for the duration of the French Open up at Roland Garros on May possibly 27, 2022, in Paris, France.
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In accordance to the CDC, non-U.S. citizens are expected to be entirely vaccinated and clearly show evidence of vaccines to enter the U.S., with specified “minimal exceptions.” 

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