Djokovic set to miss U.S Open after Wimbledon triumph

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Novak Djokovic is set to miss the U.S open due to his vaccination status as his rank will continue to drop if he doesn’t participate in the competition.

Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic is set to miss the U.S open due to his vaccination status has he has no plans of getting the vaccine.

The only way he could play in the competition is when he is given a medical exemption or the restriction is lifted before that time.

“I’m not vaccinated and I’m not planning to get vaccinated so the only good news I can have is them removing the mandated green vaccine card or whatever you call it to enter United States or exemption,” Djokovic said Sunday. “I don’t know. I don’t think exemption is realistically possible. If that is possibility, I don’t know what exemption would be about.

“I don’t know. I don’t have much answers there.”

Djokovic was then unable to play at the Australian Open to begin this year after being deported from the country.

The 35-year-old will not be able to play in the competition in 2023 either as he’s not eligible to get a visa. He acknowledged he was unsure when he would next be able to play a competitive match during his victory news conference Sunday.

“I am on vacation,” Djokovic said. “Whether or not I’m playing any tournament soon, I’ll definitely be resting for the next couple weeks because it has been quite an exhausting and demanding period for me the last few months. A lot of tennis, which I was very happy about. I got what I wanted here.

“Then I’ll wait hopefully for some good news from USA because I would really love to go there. That would be probably the next big tournament, the next big swing, playing a tournament or two before US Open and US Open. If that doesn’t happen, then I have to see what the schedule will look like.”

Djokovic’s ranking will continue to fall if he is unable to defend his runner-up status in New York. The US Open is set to begin Aug. 29.



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