Less and less is missing for the start of the US Open and, except for a last minute effect, Novak Djokovic will not be there. Last June, the United States approved the new Covid-19 laws, which stipulate the requirement of proof of double vaccination to enter the country.
And since the Serbian has openly said on several occasions that he has not undergone any inoculation, the doors of Flushing Meadows are closed to him. However, it is incredible the support that the 21-time Slam champion is receiving from fans, but also from political figures.
Less than his own colleagues (except for a few) who, according to the CEO of the satirical website The Babylon Bee, Seth Dillon, should be “ashamed” for not using their influence in support of Djokovic: “Is there an active tennis player who urges The United States to let Novak Djokovic play or not? Are they afraid of the reaction? They have more influence than the rest of the tennis community put together.
It’s a shame not to use it,” Dillon wrote on Twitter. It seems highly unlikely that the US government led by Joe Biden will completely annul the rules of entry to the country, allowing the entry of unvaccinated foreigners.
Therefore, as things currently stand, Novak Djokovic will be forced to miss the US Open and defend the 1,200 points he won in the 2021 edition, when he only lost in the final against the Russian Daniil Medvedev and did not achieved the “Grand Slam of the calendar”
In case there is no hard news, the Serb would fall even further in the ATP ranking and end up with a loot of only 3,570 points: he would currently be in eighth place, but you have to take into account how many tennis players can gain ground in all three events scheduled between August and September, in addition to losing.
Reiner reflects on Nole Djokovic
Guest on Patrick McEnroe’s podcast, Jonathan Reiner, cardiologist at the George Washington University Hospital, did not fail to criticize Novak Djokovic for his positions concerning in particular vaccination against Covid, although he is still d okay with the fact that he should be able to play the US Open.
“Even though I think he should be playing at the US Open, I think he was completely wrong at the worst time of the pandemic, when he should have been held up as an example and he didn’t. did not. What he did is very selfish, it’s what he did this winter, it’s pure selfishness.
When I look at athletes, I see them as role models for the public and they try to represent the best of us. When guys play baseball or go to the US Open and cheer on a player, I hope that player teaches me what I need to do to reach higher levels in my life. A demonstration of courage, discipline or sacrifice.”