In a recent video that surfaced on social media, Novak Djokovic can be seen training in his native Croatia. The 35-year-old was seen practicing with 14-year-old Croatian tennis player Duje Markovina. While exchanging a few rallies, Djokovic can also be heard praising the youngster.
The news of Djokovic resuming his training will undoubtedly make his fans happy and raises the possibility of him competing at the US Open, the season’s last Grand Slam, despite significant obstacles in his path.
His name currently features on the entry list for the Major only because rules dictate that all eligible players must be added to the initial list before any changes are made to it, according to a statement from the US Open organizers.
“Per the Grand Slam Rule Book, all eligible players are automatically entered into the men’s and women’s singles main draw fields based on ranking 42 days prior to the first Monday of the event. The US Open does not have a vaccination mandate in place for players, but it will respect the US government’s position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-US citizens,” US Open organizers said, in a statement via Skysports.
The current travel US regulations state that foreign travelers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the country. Despite not getting vaccinated against the coronavirus, the Serb is hoping to compete in the US Open.