Novak Djokovic pulled out of two prestigious US tennis tournaments because of US coronavirus rules.
After the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), confirmed that he was not vaccinated, the unvaccinated Serbian pulled out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and Miami Open.
The 20-time grand Slam winner said last month that he hadn’t had any coronavirus vaccines . He stated that the principles of decision-making in his body were more important than any title, and that he would not forego major tournaments.
The second-ranked world figure said this on Instagram: “While my name was automatically entered in the @bnpparibasopen draw and the @miamiopen draw,”
“But, as international COVID regulations continue to be amended, I wanted the opportunity to see if any changes would occur.
“The CDC confirmed that regulations are not changing today which means that I will not play in the US.
“I know that my fans are eager to see me again, and I hope to return playing for them soon on the tour. All those who are playing in these fantastic tournaments in the USA wish you all the best.
He isn’t vaccinated so he has been limited to one tournament in 2022.
BNP Paribas Open announced that Grigor Dimitrov will be the next player to be seeded. A lucky loser from qualifying will also move into Dimitrov’s draw space.
Djokovic missed January‘s Australian Open and was therefore deported from the country after his visa was cancelled by the government over concerns about his vaccination status.
He claimed he was eligible for a medical exemption in order to enter the country to participate in the tournament because he has just recovered from COVID-19.
Alex Hawke, the country’s immigration minister cancelled Hawke’s visa on the grounds that he could create “civil unrest” and promote anti-vaccine sentiment.
He would be statistically the greatest male tennis player if he could win Wimbledon and the French Open, beginning in May and June.
France will relax its vaccination rules in the next month. This could allow him to compete at the French Open this year.
Jean Castex, the French Prime Minister, announced that from Thursday 14 March, people won’t need to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to gain access to venues like sports stadiums or restaurants.
Djokovic can enter the UK to play at Wimbledon provided he proves that he has not tested positive for COVID-19.