Novak Djokovic ‘faces US Open ban’ with no intention of relaxing US immigration rules requiring Covid vaccinations for travelers… but Russians ‘will be allowed to play’ as USTA doesn’t expect to any politically motivated ban
- Novak Djokovic was expelled from Australia before the start of the tournament at Melbourne Park in January
- He said in an interview afterwards that he would refuse to play at future Grand Slams if it meant he had to get a Covid shot.
- U.S. immigration still requires incoming travelers to show proof of vaccination
- The 35-year-old now faces the very real prospect of also missing out on the first major next year.
World number one Novak Djokovic is set to be ruled out of this year’s US Open amid his continued opposition to taking the Covid-19 vaccine.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion was deported from Australia a day before the start of the tournament at Melbourne Park in January this year after Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his discretionary powers to cancel his visa.
But The Telegraph Claim the Serb is now set to be banned from Flushing Meadows in August and September as the country does not plan to relax immigration rules requiring travelers to get vaccinated.
US immigration last week dropped the requirement for all incoming passengers to return a negative Covid test before boarding a plane, but maintained the need to present proof of vaccination on arrival.
Djokovic meanwhile revealed in February – in his first interview since the Australia prank – that he would refuse to play at future Grand Slams if it meant he had to get a Covid shot.
The 35-year-old now faces the very real prospect of missing next year’s first major as well, with Australia also likely to maintain their vaccination requirements.
Djokovic reached the French Open quarter-finals this year before losing a thriller to Rafael Nadal, and is now set to defend his title at Wimbledon as well.
World number 1 Novak Djokovic set to be kicked out of this year’s US Open
The 20-time Grand Slam champion was expelled from Australia a day before the Australian Open
But The Telegraph claims the Serb is now set to be banned from Flushing Meadows
However, the report adds that the United States Tennis Association should not follow Wimbledon’s approach and ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing in New York.
This reinforces the isolation of the All England Clubs on the issue, with the USTA apparently keen to avoid enforcing politically motivated bans.
The report also claims that contrary to the British government’s desire to avoid Russian victories at SW19, there were no instructions from their American counterparts to limit Russian participation.
A USTA board meeting reportedly heard arguments in favor of following in Wimbledon’s footsteps of a Russian ban, but the ATP and WTA’s stance seems towards the All England Club reportedly a factor in their decision to allow the Russians to compete.
Djokovic will look to defend his Wimbledon title after losing in the French Open quarter-final
USTA should not follow Wimbledon approach and ban Russian and Belarusian players like Daniil Mdevedev
Both tours said political statements had no place in tennis and described the All England Club’s stance as discriminatory as they scrapped Wimbledon ranking points, a fate the US Open would also have could have expected if they had followed suit.
But the removal of ranking points did not affect the prize money for Wimbledon, with first-round singles losers set to win £50,000 and champions £2million each as part of a record total prize pool of 40. £.35m.
This represents an increase of 11.1% compared to last year, which was still affected by the pandemic.
This is a 5.4% increase from 2019, the last year the championships were held in front of full-capacity crowds.
It reinforces the isolation of the All England Clubs on the issue after being stripped of ranking points