A petition is circulating to allow Novak Djokovic to play at the US Open but it looks like the Serbian will miss out on the North American hard court swing, barring a sudden change in Covid-19 protocols in the US and Canada. .
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Djokovic has refused to take a Covid-19 vaccine yet the 21-time Grand Slam winner remains on the entry lists for the ATP 1000 events in Montreal and Cincinnati that serve as a tune-up for the Aug. 29-Sept. 11 US Open in New York.
In the case of the US Open, which does not have a vaccine mandate, organizers had previously said that according to the Grand Slam rulebook, all eligible players would enter the main draw based on their ranking 42 days before the first Monday of the event. is done .
U.S. Open organizers also said that while they do not have a vaccination mandate for players, they will respect the U.S. government’s stance on travel to the country for non-U.S. citizens.
Former world number one Djokovic, who does not list any upcoming events on his website, said last week that he was preparing for the US Open as if he could compete in the final Grand Slam of the year despite not being vaccinated. will be allowed.
Djokovic’s camp and organizers of the three North American hard court events did not immediately respond when asked by Reuters for comment on Tuesday.
The hashtag #LetNovakPlay was doing the rounds on social media as a number of Djokovic’s supporters showed their support for a player who is one of Spaniard Rafa Nadal’s record 22 Grand Slam titles after winning Wimbledon last month. Went inside.
“Tennis isn’t interesting or authentic when the best aren’t allowed to compete,” wrote one Twitter user, while another felt winning a tournament where Djokovic couldn’t play was less impressive: “The names of the winners of every tournament. will be followed by a * where Novak is not allowed to play!
Another post with the same hashtag brought up US President Joe Biden, who has been fully vaccinated and boosted twice but only three days after coming out of isolation after testing positive for the first time on July 21. He tested positive on Saturday.
“Quadruple-vaxed Biden tests positive for covid again. But unvaccinated covid-recovery Djokovic can’t play in US Open. He’s apparently a huge threat to the US health care system,” he tweeted. I was written.
An online petition launched a month ago calling on the United States Tennis Association to work with the US government to allow Djokovic to compete at the US Open reached its 50,000 mark on Tuesday. The target of signatures was approaching.
The focus on Djokovic’s status ahead of a Grand Slam is nothing new as he failed to defend his Australian Open crown this year after being deported from the country in January over his vaccination status.
Djokovic has previously said that he is willing to miss a Grand Slam tournament rather than get a Covid-19 vaccine.
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