The Serbian star will not travel to New York this year, he announced
Djokovic is a three-time champion in New York. © Sarah Stier / Getty Images
Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he will not contest this year’s US Open after being unable to travel to America because of his Covid vaccine status.
«Sadly, I will not be able to travel to NY [New York] this time for US Open,» the Serb wrote in a social media message on Thursday, while thanking his fans for their messages of support.
«Good luck to my fellow players! I’ll keep in good shape and positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to compete again. See you soon tennis world!» he vowed.
Sadly, I will not be able to travel to NY this time for US Open. Thank you #NoleFam for your messages of love and support. ❤️ Good luck to my fellow players! I’ll keep in good shape and positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to compete again. 💪🏼 See you soon tennis world! 👋🏼
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) August 25, 2022
Djokovic reached last year’s final at Flushing Meadows, which he lost to world number one Daniil Medvedev, and is a three-time winner at the American tournament.
After Djokovic was deported from Australia earlier this year, the US Open is the second Grand Slam he will miss in 2022 due to his position as remaining unvaccinated against coronavirus.
Djokovic, 35, was allowed to play Wimbledon this summer, whose organizers the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) banned Russian players such as Medvedev as a response to the military operation in Ukraine but did not introduce any vaccine requirements.
Before and after winning his 21st Grand Slam at SW19 and moving one triumph behind generational rival Rafael Nadal, however, there had been indicators that Djokovic might not be able to make it to the Big Apple.
While US Open bosses the United States Tennis Association (USTA) chose not to ban Russians out of alleged fear of being stripped of ranking points like Wimbledon, it ultimately could not have any say in whether unvaccinated players featured or not.