Republican congresswoman Claudia Tenney even sent a note to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, currently busy with extricating the war in Ukraine and tensions in Taiwan, in which she strongly calls for the Serbian champion Novak Djokovic to be allowed to play in the US Open.
These are her words, as reported by the overseas media: "Although several unvaccinated Americans will participate in the tournament this year, some of the most important players from around the world, including Novak Djokovic, will not be able to compete due to the established rules.
by President Biden. I invite you to issue national interest exemptions for unvaccinated members of the Association of Tennis Professionals who meet the high standards of eligibility to compete in the US Open."
Republican Party requests visa for Novak Djokovic
The presence of Novak Djokovic at the next US Open is hanging by a thread.
The Serbian has publicly admitted that he too is willing to lose the opportunity to take the field to avoid vaccination against Covid. However, Nole will not risk running into a new issue as happened in Australia at the beginning of the year, so he will not leave for New York if the rules in force in the United States do not change.
The US is currently banning entry into its territory to those who have not received vaccination coverage against the coronavirus, so it would take a twist, a real miracle 3 weeks after the start of the tournament. Nole's coach Goran Ivanisevic has repeatedly stated that he has lost hope regarding Djokovic's participation in Flushing Meadows, while Novak is continuing to train on hardcourt keeping hope alive.
However, a small possibility seems to have opened up. Also prompted by an online petition with more than 50,000 signatures to promote a permit for Novak Djokovic, some members of the US Congress have in fact moved officially to apply for a special visa for Djokovic.
A joint letter to President Joe Biden was in fact written by a handful of Republicans, who officially asked for a special exemption, a real pardon for Djokovic.