After weeks of uncertainty, Novak Djokovic has announced that he will not participate in the US Open 2022. The reason is all known: Nole cannot enter the United States not being vaccinated against the Coronavirus. For the Serbian phenomenon this is therefore the second renouncement of a Grand Slam in 2022 after the one at the Australian Open.
The former world number 1 waited until hours before the draw, hoping the CDC would change the law. Although vaccinated and unvaccinated have been treated equally internally, the rules at the border have not been changed. However, 2022 gave some joy to the 35-year-old from Belgrade, capable of winning the Masters 1000 in Rome and above all Wimbledon.
Unable to defend the final reached in New York last year, the 'Djoker' will drop further in the standings. Several tennis players and insiders have lined up for the 21-time Grand Slam champion, including radio host Clay Travis.
Through his Twitter profile, Travis praised Djokovic for his consistency.
Clay Travis defends Nole Djokovic
"Novak Djokovic gave up a chance at two majors he would have been favored to win over his refusal to get the useless covid shot," Clay Travis said.
"He actually gave up something by standing on principle, something you can’t say about any woke athlete over the past decade. Djokovic would have been the favorite at the Australian Open and he would have been the favorite at the US Open, and at minimum, he's probably likely to have won at least one of those tournaments.
And there would have been a good chance based on the way he's been playing, that he would win both, which would have made him the greatest tennis player in men's tennis history, and maybe he could end up with more majors than any man or woman.
it's not crazy to think that that would end up being the result. Instead, he has stood on principle over the benefit," Travis said. Novak Djokovic, who won the tournament in 2011, 2015, and 2018, tweeted, “Sadly, I will not be able to travel to NY this time for US Open.
Thank you #NoleFam for your messages of love and support. Good luck to my fellow players! I’ll keep in good shape and positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to compete again. See you soon tennis world!” Moments after this news broke out, Gina Carano took to the microblogging site and shared a few tweets in support of the 35-year-old Serbian.