Unvaccinated Djokovic still hopes to play at US Open

Novak Djokovic hopes he can compete at the US Open despite not being vaccinated against the coronavirus.

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic hopes to compete at the US Open despite not being vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion said on his social media accounts on Saturday that he’s training like he’s playing at Flushing Meadows when the final major of the year gets underway on August 29.

“I’m preparing as if I’m allowed to compete while waiting to hear if there’s room for me to travel to the US. fingers crossed!” he wrote.

Despite being included in the US Open entry list, the United States does not allow unvaccinated non-citizens to enter the country, which has forced the Serb to sit out major events in Indian Wells, California and Miami this season.

Djokovic, 35, was able to play at Wimbledon, which he won for his 21st Grand Slam title, and before that at the French Open, where he lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. The Spaniard has a men’s record of 22 major singles titles.

After beating Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic said he would “love to” play the US Open, but added: “I have no plans to get vaccinated.”

Djokovic has won three championships at Flushing Meadows. His 2021 final loss to Daniil Medvedev prevented Djokovic from becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win a calendar year Grand Slam.

Djokovic missed the Australian Open in January after being expelled from that country over his vaccination status.

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Emma Bowman

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