‘How can he no longer be there?’ – Novak Djokovic will have to be allowed to play at the USA Open, says John McEnroe

Novak Djokovic will have to be allowed to go into America to play at the USA Open subsequent month, John McEnroe has mentioned.

Djokovic is not likely to compete on the ultimate Grand Slam of the yr as the US calls for travellers to be absolutely vaccinated towards Covid to go into the rustic. The Serb isn’t vaccinated.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion has been incorporated on the USA Open access checklist, however organisers say they “respect the US government’s position regarding travel” for non-citizens no longer vaccinated towards Covid.

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McEnroe has mentioned it might be “crazy” for the 21-time Grand Slam winner to not be competing at Flushing Meadows this yr.

“I mean, we have to find a way to get Novak into the US Open,” the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion instructed Tennis365.

“How can he not be there? He has just won Wimbledon, he is a great champion and he should be in the US Open.

“I don’t agree with his decision not to get vaccinated, but I respect it. He is one of the fittest guys in the world and everything he puts into his body, he is watching carefully.

“Now we are saying that because of his choice, he can’t play at the US Open. I mean, come on. He has already been deported from Australia for the same reason and here we are again.

“I hope someone finds a way to sort this out. It’s crazy that Novak misses the US Open at this stage.”

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At the time of writing, greater than 23,000 other people have signed a web based petition on alternate.org calling for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the USA govt to permit Djokovic to compete at the USA Open.

When saying the access checklist, a observation from the USTA mentioned: “Per the Grand Slam Rule Book, all eligible gamers are routinely entered into the males’s and ladies’s singles major draw fields primarily based on rating 42 days prior to the first Monday of the match.

“The US Open does no longer have a vaccination mandate in position for gamers, however it will appreciate the US govt’s place referring to shuttle into the nation for unvaccinated non-US residents.”

Djokovic reached the USA Open ultimate in 2021, however misplaced in instantly units to Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-4 6-4.

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