Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will not compete in the U.S. Open due to his vaccination status. “Sadly, I will not be able to travel to N.Y. this U.S. Open,” he wrote on Twitter. Non-U.S. citizens who are not immigrants traveling to the country by air are required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 before flying from a foreign country to the U.S. “The U.S. Open does not have a vaccination mandate in place for players, but it will respect the U.S. government’s position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-U.S. citizens,” the organizers said. Djokovic is currently ranked No. 6 in the world by the ATP World Tour. “I’m not vaccinated and I’m not planning to get vaccinated so the only good news I can have is them removing the mandated green vaccine card or whatever you call it to enter United States or exemption,” 35-year-old Djokovic declared.
In January, Djokovic was deported from Australia because of his vaccine status and could not play in the Australian Open. He remains unable to play in the 2023 Australian Open since he is not eligible for a visa in the country. Djokovic has won 21 Grand Slam titles in his career. “Good luck to my fellow players! I’ll keep in good shape and positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to compete again,” Djokovic concluded.