Unless an unlikely last minute change occurs, Novak Djokovic will be forced to miss the US Open 2022. The Serbian champion is not vaccinated against the Coronavirus and has no intention of undergoing the double dose, as per himself reiterated during Wimbledon.
For the same reason, the former ATP number 1 had to give up the Australian Open and the American Masters 1000 in the spring (Indian Wells and Miami). After the disappointment he suffered at Roland Garros, the 35-year-old from Belgrade redeemed himself at the Championships by lifting the trophy for the seventh time in his career.
Thanks to his fourth consecutive seal in London, Nole has shortened the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings. However, the Spaniard will have the chance to extend again to the US Open, a tournament he has not played since 2019.
The ‘Djoker’ calendar is shrouded in mystery, as the Serbian has no plans to play smaller tournaments to collect points. In an interview reported by Tennis365, Goran Ivanisevic defended Novak’s choice not to get vaccinated.
Ivanisevic talks about Djokovic
Unless there is a huge turnaround, Novak Djokovic should miss the US Open, the United States not allowing non-vaccinated people to enter their territory. Inevitably disappointed, Goran Ivanisevic nevertheless respects his player’s position and defends him firmly in the face of criticism.
“I respect and appreciate him, he made a decision that he will not change. When they proclaim him as a leader, as someone having a bad influence on people, it is false. He doesn’t want to get vaccinated, he doesn’t want to put it into his body, and he’s never told others not to get vaccinated.
I respect and support his decision,” said the Croatian coach in comments reported by Tennis365. Novak Djokovic has been the talking point in tennis lately. Earlier this month, he scripted a magnificent display to win his 21st Grand Slam title.
Manno took to Twitter to react to the news of the possible ban on Djokovic’s US Open participation. He said, “These close minded dummies at the @usopen fail to realize they delegitimize their own tournament, leaving the “winner” to look like a place holder champion when they prohibit a top contender in @DjokerNole from competing.
Let them eat themselves”. With Wimbledon not offering ranking points this season, Djokovic already lost 2000 ranking points despite defending his title in London. As a result, he dropped four places to be at the seventh spot on the ATP rankings.