Novak Djokovic won’t get COVID vaccine to play US Open

WIMBLEDON, England — Novak Djokovic is aware of that, as issues stand now, Wimbledon will likely be his final Grand Slam match of 2022, as a result of he won’t be able to play within the U.S. Open — he has not obtained any COVID-19 pictures and might’t enter the United States as an unvaccinated foreigner.

“That,” the 35-year-old from Serbia mentioned Saturday on the All England Club, “is an extra motivation to do well here.”

Djokovic started this season tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at 20 main championships, then the file for a person. But Djokovic’s resolution not to get vaccinated led to his deportation from Australia earlier than the Australian Open in January — and Nadal wound up successful that match to get his twenty first.

Nadal then beat Djokovic within the quarterfinals on the French Open en route to incomes his twenty second Slam title this month.

When Wimbledon begins on Monday, Djokovic can have the respect of opening play at Centre Court because the defending champion. He is seeded No. 1 and will likely be bidding for a fourth consecutive title on the All England Club and seventh total.

Novak Djokovic during a Wimbledon practice session on June 26, 2022.
Novak Djokovic throughout a Wimbledon apply session on June 26, 2022.
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“Hopefully I can have a very good tournament, as I have done in the last three editions. Then I’ll just have to wait and see. I would love to go to States. But as of today, that’s not possible,” mentioned Djokovic, who has come down with COVID-19 twice. “There is not much I can do anymore. I mean, it’s really up to the U.S. government to make a decision whether or not they allow unvaccinated people to go into the country.”

A reporter famous that Djokovic does nonetheless have time to get vaccinated earlier than play begins at Flushing Meadows on Aug. 29, after which requested him whether or not “you’ve completely closed your mind to that as an option.”

Djokovic replied with one phrase: “Yes.”

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