Djokovic Still Hopes to Play at US Open

NOVAK Djokovic says he is still preparing for the 2022 US Open grand slam. In fact, the Serb has not yet received the green light to appear in the hardcourt tournament following his rejection of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Djokovic, a three-time US Open title winner, was unable to participate in this year’s Flushing Meadows due to rules requiring travelers wishing to enter the United States to undergo a full Covid-19 vaccination and present proof of the vaccine before flying.

However, earlier this month, Djokovic’s name was included in the list of players for the Grand Slam tournament which will take place on August 29-11 September.

« I am preparing myself if I am allowed to compete while waiting for confirmation whether there is a possibility I can fly to the United States, » Djokovic wrote on his Instagram account by inserting a video upload of himself in training.

Djokovic won public support when more than 43,000 people signed a petition asking the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to work with the US government to allow the 21-time grand slam winner to compete at the US Open.

The 35-year-old has previously won three Grand Slam tournaments, namely the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon last year. But failed to defend his title at Melbourne Park this year due to his vaccination status, which saw him deported from Australia. Djokovic then stated that he would rather go through a Grand Slam tournament than have to take the Covid-19 vaccine. (Ant/OL-15)