US Open explains in a statement the absence of Novak Djokovic

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US Open explains in a statement the absence of Novak Djokovic

US Open 2022 without Novak Djokovic, it's official: the Serbian will not be able to land in the United States due to his decision not to get vaccinated against Covid19. A series of clues has been provided in these very last days that led to this final decision: the new guidelines on the same treatment between vaccinated and unvaccinated have not been approved, it is therefore still necessary to have a complete cycle to enter the States; the Serbian, then, no longer appeared in the list of players participating in the tournament.

"Sadly, he won't be able to travel to New York this time for the US Open. Thanks to #Nolefam for the messages of love and support. Good luck to all my fellow players! I will keep myself in good shape and spirit. positive and I look forward to the opportunity to compete again.

See you soon in the world of tennis," the former world number one wrote on social media. The announcement of the Serbian was immediately followed by a statement from the organizers.

US Open explains in a statement the absence of Novak Djokovic

With the retirement of Novak Djokovic, a lucky loser will take the place of the Slam champion for the men's draw, which will follow the list in which the Serbian is not included.

The organization also spent two words about the absence of the three-time winner of the tournament: "Novak is a champion and it is a real shame that he will not be able to participate in the 2022 edition of the US Open, since he is unable to enter in the country due to the federal government's vaccination policy for non-US citizens.

We look forward to Novak's return to the 2023 US Open." These are the words that US Open director Stacey Allaster used to comment on the retirement from the Grand Slam competition. Djokovic therefore skips the last Slam appointment, necessary to match rival Rafael Nadal in the race for the Slam titles won: the Serbian is stopped at 21, the Spaniard is at 22.

The number three in the world, therefore, can extend further and reach 23.