After weeks of uncertainty, Novak Djokovic has announced that he will not participate in the US Open 2022. The reason is known to all: Nole cannot enter the United States as he has not been vaccinated against the Coronavirus. For the Serbian phenomenon, this is therefore the second withdrawal from a Grand Slam in 2022 after that of the Australian Open.
The former World No. 1 waited until hours before the draw, hoping the CDC would change the law. Although the vaccinated and the unvaccinated have received the same internal treatment, the rules at the border have not changed. However, 2022 brought some joy to the 35-year-old from Belgrade, capable of winning the Masters 1000 in Rome and especially Wimbledon.
Unable to defend the final reached in New York last year, the ‘Djoker’ will drop further down the rankings. Several tennis players and pundits have lined up for the 21-time Grand Slam champion, including radio host Clay Travis.
Through his Twitter profile, Travis praised Djokovic for his consistency.
Clay Travis defends Nole Djokovic
«Novak Djokovic gave up the chance at two majors that he would have been the favorite to win because of his refusal to receive the worthless covid opportunity,» Clay Travis said.
«In fact, he gave up something by standing up for his principles, something that cannot be said for any awake athlete over the last decade. Djokovic would have been the favorite at the Australian Open and he would have been the favorite at the US Open. , and at minimum, it is likely that he has won at least one of those tournaments.
And there would have been a good chance, based on the way he’s been playing, that he would win both, which would have made him the greatest player in men’s tennis history, and maybe he could end up with more majors than any man or woman. . .
it’s not crazy to think that would end up being the result. Instead, it has stayed principled on benefit,” Travis said. Novak Djokovic, who won the tournament in 2011, 2015 and 2018, tweeted: “Unfortunately I will not be able to travel to New York this time for the US Open.
Thank you #NoleFam for your messages of love and support. Good luck to my fellow players! I will keep myself in good shape and with a positive spirit and look forward to the opportunity to compete again. See you soon world of tennis!” Moments after this news broke, Gina Carano took to the microblogging site and shared some tweets in support of the 35-year-old Serb.