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Djokovic on entry list for US tennis competition – despite rules saying players must be vaccinated

Novak Djokovic has been included on the tournament entry list for the upcoming Indian Wells Masters – a competition that requires players to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The men’s tennis number one was deported from Australia last month, causing him to miss out on the Australian Open, after having his visa revoked twice due to not being inoculated against coronavirus.

However, he could now play in the Masters 1000 event held in California, which begins next month.

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The 34-year-old Serbian has been listed alongside Australian Open winner Rafael Nadal and top 10 players Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Throughout his career, Djokovic has won the Indian Wells competition five times.

As part of the requirements to play in the tournament, competitors must provide valid proof of full vaccination – something that just a month ago Djokovic did not have.

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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic speaks with Serbia's President in Belgrade, Serbia, February 3, 2022. REUTERS/Zorana Jevtic
Djokovic must provide valid proof of full vaccination

“The guidelines for the players are governed by the protocols established by… the WTA and ATP, as well as any restrictions established by the United States of America in regard to the vaccination status of international travellers entering the country,” organisers said.

Getting into the US could even prove difficult for Djokovic because since November last year visitors have needed to be fully vaccinated to enter the country.

He is also scheduled to compete at the ATP 500 Dubai Tennis Championships later this month.


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