August 11, 2022

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Novak Djokovic hits out on the US Open for being vaccinated

Novak Djokovic was deported and banned from enjoying on the Australian Open this 12 months (Picture: AP)

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has referred to as the US Open ban on unvaccinated gamers “political” and stated he doesn’t perceive the logic.

Djokovic is at the moment defending his Wimbledon crown however already has the following Grand Slam in thoughts at Flushing Meadows, with the 20-time Main winner extremely unlikely to play in New York given his ongoing anti-vaccination stance.

The world No. 3, prime seed at SW19, has received the US Open 3 times – most not too long ago in 2018 – however misplaced final 12 months’s ultimate to Daniil Medvedev after registering a 2021 floor slam: profitable the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

Since selecting up these trophies, the 35-year-old Serb has made headlines for quite a lot of causes, together with his opinions on the coronavirus and obligatory vaccinations recurrently hitting the headlines, which have coincided with a dip in his type.

He traveled to the 2022 Australian Open – solely to be deported and banned from enjoying after being detained in an immigration facility for a while – and controversially tried to make use of a medical exemption to enter the nation.

He was allowed to compete at Roland Garros this 12 months however was booed by the gang and has to this point acquired a greater reception at this 12 months’s Wimbledon – a event he has received no fewer than six occasions.

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Novak Djokovic received off to a profitable begin at SW19 with a win over Kwon Quickly-woo (Picture: Getty)

Talking concerning the subsequent Grand Slam in Flushing Meadows, Djokovic stated: “No unvaccinated individuals can enter the US right now.

“I’ve heard unofficially that some individuals have gotten away with it, some individuals who aren’t ‘well-known,’ however I’d by no means attempt to go to the US until it’s authorized.

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“Some individuals assume I made that mistake in Australia but it surely was really the alternative – I had the dispensation and so on, let’s not undergo the identical story once more.

“The underside line is that if I’m informed I can’t go, I received’t go, I’d by no means put myself in that place.

“I used to be texting [American tennis player] Tennys Sandgren just a few days in the past. I wished to thank him for the general public help he gave me on this scenario.

“What he stated makes excellent sense – if unvaccinated gamers will not be allowed to play the US Open, then everybody needs to be. I don’t see the medical logic behind Tennys having the ability to play as a result of he’s a US citizen and I’m not.

“If I had a US passport or a inexperienced card, I might play. Perhaps there’s a political logic behind it – not medical – however I’d reasonably not get into that, and you may see why.”

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