Novak Djokovic is not participating in the Indian Wells Masters 1000, taking place this week, and he will not play the Miami Open either. The Serbian champion posted a post through his social media accounts and explained that he will not be able to reach the United States due to the current rules for unvaccinated people.
"Although he was automatically included in the entry lists of the Bnp Paribas Open and the Miami Open, I knew it would be unlikely to be able to travel. Considering that international regulations relating to Covid-19 are constantly changing, I wanted to wait.
But the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) confirmed to me today that the regulations won't change, so I won't be able to play in the US. I know my fans are looking forward to seeing me play and I hope to be back on the Tour soon.
Good luck to all the players who will compete in the United States in these great tournaments."
What tournaments will Novak Djokovic play in the coming months?
Djokovic's calendar, who has taken on the responsibility of choosing him, will not be able to follow a defined program during this season.
Analyzing the current situation, the Belgrade should take part in the clay season without too many problems. The French government has in fact announced the suspension of the Green Pass starting from 14 March 2022. Djokovic will therefore be able to take the field both at the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo and at Roland Garros.
Between the Monegasque tournament and the second Grand Slam of the year, Djokovic should then play the home event (ATP 250 in Belgrade, ed.) Scheduled from 18 to 25 April. Green light, at least according to the rules in force in Spain and Italy, also for the Masters 1000 in Madrid and the BNL Internationals of Italy.
Despite the words spoken by the president of CONI Giovanni Malagò and the undersecretary of health Andrea Costa, the rules speak for themselves. Djokovic in fact possesses the certificate of recovery and, consequently, the reinforced Green Pass, which in Italy is valid for six months.
As for the grass season, the British government has not imposed any such restrictions and the Serbian should have the chance to defend the title he won last year at Wimbledon. The problems may return when the Tour moves back to the United States.
It is impossible even to hypothesize what the rules will be to follow from the beginning of August to the end of September, when the tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati and the US Open will be played. Observing current regulations and considering his absence at the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000, Djokovic would not be able to enter the United States.