21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic is also likely to be ruled out of the US Open over the Corona vaccine status. The Serbian will not be able to play in the Grand Slam, as tournament organizers have once again said that they will have to follow the US government’s COVID protocol.
However, around 12,000 people around the world have now signed an online petition asking the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to work with the country’s government to prevent Djokovic from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Despite his refusal, he was allowed to compete at the US Open.
The three-time champion at Flushing Meadows was named on the entry list for the final Grand Slam of the year on Wednesday, but it is a routine rather than a sign that he will be allowed to play.
“There is no reason not to allow Djokovic to play at the US Open 2022 at this stage of the pandemic,” said the Change.org petition, launched on June 21.
Djokovic had already missed him a chance to compete at the Australian Open earlier this year and is likely to do so again.
The Serbian, who retained his Wimbledon crown with a win over Australia’s Nick Kyrgios earlier this month, said in February that he would rather miss the Grand Slam tournament than get a COVID-19 vaccine.
The main draw of the US Open will begin on August 29.
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