The US Open will start in two weeks from Monday. From now on, Novak Djokovic will not be allowed to participate in the Grand Slam event.
Three-time US Open champion Djokovic cannot enter the United States for the tournaments because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. He was adamant about not taking the picture, so unless the US government changes its travel policy in the coming days, Djokovic will have to stay home.
Tennis legend and broadcaster John McEnroe defended Djokovic last month, calling it “ridiculous” that Djokovic was being kept out of the US and Australian Opens due to vaccination mandates.
He reiterated his position this weekend in an interview with Fox News Digital.
“Well, first of all I think it’s BS. That’s what I think. I think he should be allowed to play. My personal opinion, as I was vaccinated, I had a callback, it’s up to the individual.” McEnroe said. “If I was him, and I’m not him, he won a lot more majors than me probably because he dug in his heels and found the equipment, it will be, that very few people in any sport have ever found, so that’s part of what made him so great, he sticks to his guns. He has every right to make the decision.
“This guy is one of the greatest athletes in any sport. He’s very careful about everything he puts into his body. So it’s frustrating to see at this point when we’re sitting here and we let’s all have a good time at an LAFC football game and he’s not allowed to enter the country at the moment because he’s not vaccinated It’s really unfortunate but those are the rules that we really have right now with the government. I don’t agree with that, but that’s life for now.
Djokovic, who won at Wimbledon this year, was Daniil Medvedev’s runner-up at last year’s US Open.
He has already missed several tournaments in the United States due to vaccine regulations, and it seems inevitable that he will miss this one as well.