Novak Djokovic will not be competing again at this year’s prestigious American Tennis Championships in Indian Wells and Miami. The unvaccinated Serbian announced through his own Twitter channel that he could not fly to the United States due to his vaccine refusal.
He faced similar problems at the Australian Open in Melbourne in January this year. There, a real legal and political soap opera was created before he was eventually expelled from the country.
Djokovic was impressed with the schedule for Indian Wells on Tuesday, but had already seen the former world number one mentality: “I know I can not travel. The CDC has said the current rules do not do that. Switch, so I will not play in the United States,” Djokovic tweeted.
In order to travel to the United States as a foreigner, you must provide proof of full vaccination and negative test results.
These rules do not apply when you cross the U.S. border by land. It was rumored that Djokovic would drive from Mexico to California to play in the ‘Fifth Grand Slam’ in Indian Wells. But apparently this was not an option for him.
In an interview with the BBC, Joko said he did not want to be associated with the anti-Vox movement. However, he attaches great importance to the right to choose the vaccine. This has implications for the matches he plays and cannot play. The professional tennis player said, “That’s the price I’m willing to pay.”
Djokovic had to relinquish the No. 1 spot to Russian player Medvedev. He also had to passively watch Nadal set an epic record in Melbourne with his 21st Grand Slam title.
But the Serbian has light on the horizon. Corona prevention measures are being gradually reduced in many countries. Next week, the French government will revoke vaccination permits in almost all sectors. Djokovic has a good chance of coming back on Roland Karros’ crushed brick in the spring.
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