Could Novak Djokovic participate in the US Open which is due to take place from August 29 to September 11, 2022? Now that US health authorities have erased the distinction made between vaccinated and unvaccinated during the Covid-19 epidemic, many hope that this discrimination will also be lifted at the United States border, so that the Serbian player can take part in the tennis tournament.
After Wimbledon, a possible return to the US Open for Novak Djokovic?
“Djoker” had shone with a thousand lights at Wimbledon. Triple defending champion, he beat Nick Kyrgios in the final (4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 ). His 28ᵉ victory in a row at Wimbledon. After giving up the first set to his Australian opponent, “Novax” came back strong; it was ultimately his experience and his mastery of the game that got the better of his fiery opponent. But, after this exploit, the ex-world number one seemed to have resigned himself to the idea of not being able to participate this year in the US Open, a grand slam tournament which begins on August 29 in New York.
However, on Thursday, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) the agency that governs health measures in the United States, announced the end of several health restrictions put in place as part of the fight against Covid. -19. The main one is that from Friday, vaccinated people will be treated the same as unvaccinated people.
Discrimination between vaccinated and non-vaccinated still made at the border
However, the CDC specifies all citizens and non-US nationals must be fully immunized before entering the United States. A restriction which, according to their website, is being revised following the latest update.
A statement was made to this effect: “This updated guidance is intended to apply to community settings. In the coming weeks, CDC will work to align stand-alone guidance documents, such as those for healthcare establishments, places of assembly at high risk of transmission and travel”.
Also, for now, Novak Djokovic is still unable to make it to the US Open. Last Saturday, in an interview on Fox News, John McEnroe, a former tennis star, made a point of making his displeasure bluntly known at the risk of the 35-year-old Serbian player’s absence from the tournament: ” Exclude Djokovic from the US Open? Well, first of all, I think it’s c*rt. That’s what I think. I think he should be allowed to play. My personal opinion, as I was vaccinated, I had a booster shot, it is up to the individual to decide “.
Despite the jurisdiction that forced him to withdraw from the Masters 1000 in Montreal (August 7 to 14) and Cincinnati (August 14 to 21), Novak Djokovic refuses to give up and has decided to prepare for the eventuality. where he could finally participate: I am preparing as if I was cleared to compete, waiting to find out if there is room for me to go to the United States. Fingers crossed ! “, wrote on his Instagram account on July 30.