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Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic out of 2022 US Open, refused entry into United States


AUGUST 25, 2022

July 10: Serbia’s Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy after his four-set victory against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios during the Wimbledon men’s singles final. Djokovic won for the fourth consecutive time and seventh overall. His 21 Grand Slam titles are one shy of Rafael Nadal’s record.

Novak Djokovic’s bid to tie the Grand Slam record in tennis is on hold, as he is out of the US Open for his refusing to take the coronavirus vaccine.

That refusal won’t allow him to enter the United States to compete in the tournament as the country restricts any foreign national not vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Sadly, I will not be able to travel to NY this time for US Open,” Djokovic said on social media.

Earlier this year, Djokovic received a medical exemption to play at the Australian Open but was deported when he lost a court battle after his visa was canceled.

He won Wimbledon for the fourth straight year in July, but received no points in the rankings because of a ban on players from Russia and Belarus.

Because of his status of not being vaccinated, Djokovic has had a tough time finding places to compete.

He withdrew from the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati earlier this month and didn’t play in the National Bank Open in Canada, due to their vaccination laws.

Djokovic has 21 Grand Slam titles, and trails only Rafael Nadal by one for the all-time lead.

Courtesy/Source: This article originally appeared on USA TODAY