21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic has admitted that he is sad to miss the US Open, but stressed that he has no regrets about his decision. Djokovic, 35, was not allowed to enter the United States due to his vaccination status.
Under US vaccine laws, Djokovic was not allowed to enter the country as an unvaccinated foreigner. This week in London, Djokovic will return to action at the Laver Cup. It will be Djokovic’s first appearance since his win at Wimbledon.
«I don’t regret anything,» Djokovic said. «I mean, I feel sad that I didn’t get to play, but, you know, that was a decision that I made. I knew what the consequences would be, so I accepted them. That’s it.»
I congratulate Alcaraz for winning the US Open. He did it in an amazing way. He is 19 years old and is already number one in the world. He is a great addition to our sport, a great star in the making. We cannot speak of it as a future, because it is already a present.»
Djokovic hopes to play at the Australian Open
After Djokovic’s Australia visa was cancelled, he was deported from Australia and banned from entering the country for three years. But in January, the Australian government said Djokovic could return to the country sooner «under the right circumstances.»
Now, Djokovic expects his ban to be rescinded in the next term. «I’m waiting for the news. It’s not really in my hands at the moment. I hope I can get some positive news soon,» Djokovic said.
Djokovic is a nine-time Australian Open champion. Djokovic captured three consecutive Australian Open titles between 2019 and 2021. This season, Djokovic did not even have a chance to seek a fourth consecutive Australian Open title. Whether Djokovic will be allowed to return to Australia in early 2023 remains to be seen.