Good news sometimes does not arrive on time. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have made the new Covid guidelines official: the unvaccinated will follow the same rules and regulations as the vaccinated. This new opening could open the door to the presence of Novak Djokovic in the United States, after the difficult season he has experienced.
It all started in Australia, when the federal government did not accept the medical exemption presented by the Belgrade tennis player to the tournament organizers. For this reason, the Melbourne court decided to return it to Serbia, calling it an unfair example for young Australians at a difficult time of the pandemic.
At present, it seems that things have changed for the governments of the world, especially those of the Western world. Among them is the United States, which has recently changed the rules for entering American soil: before, a complete vaccination cycle was required to enter the country of the stars.
The changes have been announced by the CDC, but may not have been implemented yet. Despite the rule change, Novak Djokovic has announced his resignation from the Cincinnati Masters 1000. A few hours before the start of the draw, therefore, the one who would have been the fifth seed in the absence of Alexander Zverev from the tennis circuit.
With the withdrawal of the Wimbledon winner, the entry is Nakashima, thus freeing up a wildcard for the American tournament. Not only Djokovic's retirement, but also good news for Andy Murray: the resignation of a former world number one, in fact, facilitates the entry of the other former world number one.
In Cincinnati, Djokovic will not be there, but in New York he could be different, thanks to the new Covid rules.
Clay Travis on Nole Djokovic
While the CDC communicated a change in health rules, the Fox News channel wondered whether this would soon allow Novak Djokovic to be able to play the US Open.
Clay Travis, the channel's columnist and also founder of outkick.com thinks it would be logical and healthy. That seeing Novak on a court would also be a real symbol to demonstrate that life is back to normal. “From the moment the CDC explains that a vaccinated must be treated like an unvaccinated, and that there are no differences, I do not see why and how Novak Djokovic could not come and play for the US Open.
If I even want to argue, I could advise him to take his bag and his snowshoes and go to Mexico to cross the border. Frankly, when we talk about returning to a normal life, it would be a beautiful symbol of unity to see the Serb defend his chances in New York."