Djokovic was able to play in the US Open as the vaccine mandate was set to expire
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. File | Image Credit: Reuters
World number one Novak Djokovic will compete in this year’s US Open after the US government said on Monday that it will end the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for international travelers on May 11.
Djokovic, one of the most high-profile athletes not vaccinated against COVID-19, missed the 2022 US Open because of his vaccine status.
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The 35-year-old Serb was unable to enter the country this year after unsuccessfully applying to the US government for special permission to play in Indian Wells and Miami.
Djokovic missed last year’s Australian Open and was deported from the country because of his vaccine status and said he would skip the Grand Slams rather than get a COVID shot.
Djokovic won three of his 22 major titles at the US Open. The hardcourt Grand Slam will be held from August 28-September 10 this year.