Florida Governor Rob DeSantis has been the latest to publicly criticize the American rule that has prevented Novak Djokovic from entering the United States and competing at the US Open. Djokovic, 35, has not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Under current US vaccination laws, unvaccinated foreign nationals are not allowed to enter the country. «They don’t let Djokovic come to the United States to play the US Open because of the vaccine? He has already had Covid, and the vaccine doesn’t prevent him from doing it.
It’s so weird, so stupid,» DeSantis said. After missing the Australian Open earlier in the season, Djokovic also misses the final Grand Slam of the season. Djokovic waited until the last minute for the CDC to change the rules and allow him to enter the United States, but it did not happen.
After Djokovic withdrew from the US Open, American Tennys Sandgren accused the USTA of «not even trying to help Djokovic get in.» The USTA reacted shortly after being contacted by Tennis Majors. In a statement to Tennis Majors, the USTA said they could not have asked for a waiver for Djokovic even if they had wanted to.
«The USTA was in regular contact with various departments of the United States Federal Government, including the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Enforcement, and the Department of State,» the statement said.
Nole Djokovic comments on Serena
Novak Djokovic paid tribute to Serena Williams in light of her retirement with some kind words for the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion. «Probably my favorite memory of us together is winning Wimbledon and then dancing at the champions dinner,» Djokovic said in a video shared by the ATP tour.
«It was great, it was one of the best moments I had on the tour with you. Thank you very much for everything you have done for our beautiful sport,» said the Serbian player. «Your contribution and legacy on and off the pitch will live on forever.
I value and appreciate our relationship that has lasted for many years and I hoped that this moment would never come when you announced your retirement, and here we are. You can be very very proud of what you have achieved and what you left behind.
You have inspired so many different generations, not just tennis players but athletes all over the world,» added Djokovic. Djokovic will not be able to play a Grand Slam again until May 2023. After being kicked out of Australia, Djokovic was also awarded a three -year country ban.