American Congresswoman Claudia Tenney finds if “absolutely despicable” that Novak Djokovic is unable to compte at the US Open because of the politics.
As per the current United States vaccine laws, foreigners have to show the proof of vaccination upon entering the United States.
The Joe Biden administration has faced some criticism as some, including Tenney, find it absurd that one of the best tennis players in the world is not allowed to compete at the US Open because of his vaccination status.
“This is absolutely despicable. @DjokerNole is the best tennis player in the world who performs at an ultra elite level is unable to compete in a premier athletic event in the US because of politics,” Tenney wrote on Twitter.
This is absolutely despicable. @DjokerNole is the best tennis player in the world who performs at an ultra elite level is unable to compete in a premier athletic event in the US because of politics. https://t.co/WpUwE60m1H
— Claudia Tenney (@claudiatenney) July 20, 2022
Djokovic’s name appears on the US Open entry list
On Wednesday, the US Open released the entry list for this year’s tournament edition.
The US Open organizers suggested in a statement that they do not plan on pushing for a special medical exemption granted to Djokovic.
“Per the ITF Grand Slam rulebook, all eligible players are automatically entered into the men’s and women’s singles main-draw fields based on ranking 42 days prior to the first Monday of the event. The US Open does not have a vaccination mandate in place for players, but it will respect the US government’s position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-US citizens,” the US Open said in a statement released.
When Djokovic was asked about the US vaccine laws, he reacted in a very calm manner.
“I am a professional tennis player, I don’t go into politics or anything else because that doesn’t interest me,” he said. “I have my stance and I am a proponent for freedom to choose what is best for you. I respect everything and everybody, and I expect people to at least respect my decision. If I have permission, I’ll be there. If I don’t, I won’t be there – it’s not the end of the world.”