Novak Djokovic’s 2022 didn’t start in the best way. The Serbian champion had to deal with a large number of problems due to the choice not to get vaccinated. After reaching Australia thanks to the medical exemption granted to him by two independent groups of medical experts, the Belgrade was stopped at the border and was forced to spend several days at the Park Hotel in Melbourne, a dilapidated facility that the Australian government uses to hosting groups of migrants and asylum seekers.
In the end, Djokovic was unable to take part in the first Grand Slam of the year due to the decision made directly by the Minister of Immigration Alex Hawke. The 1987-born tennis player then missed the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000 for the same reason.
The former world number one has subsequently benefited from the easing of restrictions in Europe and developed a rather concrete schedule that will lead him to compete in the Wimbledon tournament as well.
The Serbian won the Masters 1000 in Rome and was then beaten by Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.
Novak Djokovic, the US Open moves away
Considering the regulations in force in the United States, which oblige travelers to present a complete vaccination cycle at the border, Djokovic would not have the opportunity to participate in the American Masters 1000 and, above all, the US Open.
According to information in the possession of the British newspaper The Telegraph, the American authorities have no intention of easing the conditions of access in the coming months. Djokovic’s season now seems to have taken a bad turn and the ATP Finals in Turin are moving further and further away.
If the US government were to continue to impose the same rules, in fact, Djokovic will also have to give up the Masters 1000 in Montreal and Cincinnati. Lew Sherr, CEO of the USTA executives of the USTA, expressed himself on the issue and specified: “We will follow directives from the government and the CDC.”
USTA officials have no intention of repeating the mistakes made by the Australian Tennis Federation. It will be a very hard blow for the Serbian champion, forced also to skip the Australian Open 2022.