“Some people are happy with the absence of Novak Djokovic”

“Some people are happy with the absence of Novak Djokovic”

Novak Djokovic will not participate in the US Open 2022, it’s official. We suspected it for a short time, but it has now been confirmed since Thursday afternoon. The Serbian phenomenon himself announced that he would not be present at the last grand slam of the season.

Due to the surreal vaccination obligation in the United States – given that it only weighs on foreigners and not on Americans – the former world number 1 and last year’s finalist cannot enter the country. of Uncle Sam.

The CDC has relaxed the measures in recent weeks, but the rules at the border have remained the same. For Nole, this is the second major missed in 2022 after the Australian Open.

Goran Ivanisevic’s protege had a disrupted season due to vaccination obligations in some countries, which also forced him to miss even 4 Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati).

Unable to defend the final he reached in New York in 2021, the 35-year-old Belgrade native will see his ranking deteriorate, not to mention the fact that he received no points for his victory at Wimbledon.

Among those who have consistently sided with Novak since his struggles with the covid rules began is American Tennys Sandgren. In an interview with L’Equipe, Sandgren said the US Open doesn’t have enough to help Djokovic.

Sandgren talks about Novak Djokovic

“Tennis is a selfish and individualistic sport by nature. Everyone has their own interests and when controversies like this arise, no one lifts a finger.

Maybe some are even happy with the absence of Novak Djokovic in New York, I find it very sad to see how everyone has acted,” said the American.

The tennis player is determined not to exempt even a little the tournament organization, which has taken refuge behind federal law preventing unvaccinated foreign citizens from entering the United States.

“It’s all very sad the organization hasn’t done enough for Novak,” said Tennys Sandgren. “They can’t make us believe that their voice doesn’t count and that they have no influence.

Such a big and powerful event could have influenced a rule change or even an exemption for Djokovic. The US Open didn’t fight for Novak, it’s sad and it’s brutal,” Sandgren said.

These words join those of other tennis players, like Casper Ruud, who finds it a shame that a political decision prevented a legend of the sport from participating in the US Open 2022.

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