Novak Djokovic could miss the US Open due to the United States’ continued ban on non-vaccinated international travellers.
If there is no relaxation in the guidelines over the next two months, Djokovic looks set to miss participation in yet another hardcourt Major. On Friday, the US authorities announced that international travelers would no longer require a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test to enter the country. However, the requirement for a ‘full vaccination status’ still stands with no indication of how long that rule will stand.
As it stands, Novak Djokovic’s reluctance to take the coronavirus vaccine rules him out of the fourth and final Grand Slam of the season, played in New York City. The Serb already missed the Australian Open earlier this year, where he has won nine titles.
When Djokovic missed the Australian Open due to his reluctance to take the vaccine, he admitted that missing events and risking his legacy was a price he was willing to pay. It remains to be seen whether he truly means it after watching Nadal win two this year.