Novak Djokovic could come across himself ousted from the No.1 position soon after he was this weekend banned once again from getting into the United States.
Djokovic’s bid to obtain entry to the United States for ATP occasions at Indian wells and Miami been given community aid from the US Tennis Association and US Open up organisers on Saturday, even with acquiring the doorway slammed shut by authorities officers.
Republican Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio also despatched a letter to President Joe Biden, urging the Biden administration to grant the 22-time Grand Slam winner a waiver.
The Serbian star is at this time barred from moving into the United States due to the fact he is unvaccinated versus Covid-19, but has petitioned US authorities for specific permission to enter.
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According to reviews, his request centres on a declaration he has contracted the virus on two preceding events, filing for a health care exemption on that basis.
The only fantastic news for Djokovic is that he will be free of charge to engage in the 2023 US Open up, beginning August 28.
The United States however doesn’t let unvaccinated global travellers to enter the region, with the Transportation Safety Administration just lately indicating the coverage would not transform until eventually at minimum mid-April.
The White Dwelling introduced very last thirty day period the coverage may possibly not be scrapped until finally May possibly 11.
The choice from the U.S. Section of Homeland Stability to deny his request has divided thoughts with outspoken commentators declaring the 35-yr-aged is no longer a public wellbeing danger.
Tennis commentators have also voiced their support for Djokovic.
American tennis excellent Mardy Fish responded to the news on Twitter, writing: “What a joke”.
US political comic Bill Maher explained on HBO’s ‘Real Tim with Bill Maher’: “Imminent danger? Of a male actively playing tennis? Of a guy who has experienced it two times?
“He’s standing alone. A sport exactly where you stand by itself in the center of a stadium, outside, in a place in which absolutely everyone has already experienced it. No imminent risk? This place is trapped on stupid, it just is.”
The US Open up Twitter feed showcased a put up on Saturday indicating American tennis authorities hoped he would be authorized to enter.
“Novak Djokovic is just one the biggest champions our activity has at any time seen,” the write-up said. “The USTA and US Open up are hopeful that Novak is effective in his petition to enter the nation, and that the admirers will be capable to see him back in action at Indian Wells and Miami.”
The Indian Wells ATP 1000 party starts next Wednesday in the California desert and is followed by the prestigious match in Miami.
Djokovic, one of the optimum profile figures to refuse the Covid-19 vaccine, has previously been banned from the nation underneath its plan to shut its border to all visitors yet to receive the vaccine.
Djokovic stated in Dubai this 7 days that he was still waiting to hear if the US would give him particular authorization to enter, telling reporters that he hoped to hear a choice just before the Indian Wells draw is carried out on Monday.
“Whatever the determination is prior to the attract, if I’m not authorized, I’m heading to pull out, of program, before the attract,” the planet selection just one reported.
Djokovic’s vaccination standing noticed him deported from Australia soon right before the 2022 Australian Open. Following winning Wimbledon he also skipped the US Open very last 12 months for the reason that of the vacation restriction.
He returned to Australia in January, winning the 2023 Australian Open up for a document-equalling 22nd Grand Slam singles title.
He took his match acquire streak to 20 in Dubai this 7 days ahead of slipping on Friday to Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals
— with AFP