Through his Twitter profile, Greg Rusedski expressed his regret for the absence of Novak Djokovic at the US Open. Regarding the well-known issue involving the Serbian champion, Greg wrote: “It’s really a shame that the strongest player in the world had to give up two Grand Slams in 2022.”
Radio host Clay Travis also sided with Nole: “True to his principles, Novak Djokovic has missed two majors this year. We are talking about two tournaments in which he would have been the favorite to win. Djokovic would have been the man to beat at both the Australian Open and the US Open and it is likely that he would have won at least one title.
Considering that hardcourt is his favorite surface, he could have lifted both trophies and stretched in the all-time Grand Slam standings. He has proved once again that he is a courageous and consistent man. At the same time, I can only condemn the policy of the United States government.
There is no medical reason that justifies the choice not to let him in.”
Novak Djokovic was forced to miss two Grand Slams this year. His choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus had a profound impact on his programming, as well as causing him serious damage to his image.
The former world number 1 lifted his season by winning Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career. Not only has Nole matched his idol Pete Sampras, but he has also narrowed the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings of the Majors.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion hoped until the very end that he could play the US Open, but the rules at the frontier have not been changed. A few hours before the draw, the Serbian veteran announced that he had to give up his last major of the season as he was unable to travel to the United States.
Subsequently, the USTA announced that it could not apply for an exemption in favor of Djokovic. The American Federation indirectly responded to the heavy accusations made by Tennys Sandgren, who accused it of having done nothing to help Novak.