American tennis player Tennis Sandgren felt that the organizers of the US Open did not even try to help Novak Djokovic get an exemption to travel to the United States. On Thursday, Djokovic withdrew from the US Open after being denied entry to the United States due to his vaccination status.
Djokovic waited until the last moment, hoping the CDC would change its policy and allow him, an unvaccinated foreigner, to enter the country. Sandgren is also not vaccinated against COVID-19 but can compete at the US Open as he is a local.
Sandgren: The US Open didn’t even try to help Djokovic
«We didn’t really try,» Sandgren told L’Equipe, via Tennis Majors. “They didn’t try to get a waiver for Novak. For the last two years, they have done everything possible to make the tournament happen.
The 2020 US Open was one of the strangest tournaments in history. With no fans, all the players gathered in a cul-de-sac hotel: if you went outside the allowed area, you were out of the draw. He was extremely strict.
The organizers were in constant contact with the State of New York and the health authorities to ensure that the tournament took place. And they got it. They fought hard to make this happen. But now, for Novak, his speech is: “We have to apply what the government tells us, we can’t do anything.
It’s not coherent. I know that a player is not more important than a tournament, but it was worth a try, right? The US Open has been fighting for exemptions for two years. And tennis tournaments in general.
To play the French Open, to play the Australian Open. Everywhere, we have fought for exemptions, to implement measures that allow tournaments to take place. But now all of a sudden we don’t fight anymore because we don’t care.
In my opinion, we should give a damn.» Djokovic is now missing his second Grand Slam in 2022. Earlier this year Djokovic was not allowed to compete at the Australian Open.