'Some people are happy with Novak Djokovic's absence', says ATP ace

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'Some people are happy with Novak Djokovic's absence', says ATP ace

Novak Djokovic will not take part in the US Open 2022. News that had been in the air for several days, but which only became official on Thursday afternoon. A few hours before the draw, the Serbian phenomenon announced his renunciation of the last Grand Slam of the season.

Not being vaccinated against Coronavirus, the former world number 1 cannot enter the United States. The CDC has relaxed measures in recent weeks, but the rules at the border have not changed. For Nole this is the second Major missed in 2022 after the Australian Open.

Goran Ivanisevic's protege has experienced a turbulent season precisely because of his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, which forced him to miss even four Masters 1000s (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati).

Unable to defend the final he reached in New York last year, the 35-year-old from Belgrade will drop further in the standings. Among those who have always sided with Novak is certainly Tennys Sandgren. In an interview with L’Equipe, the American said the US Open has not done enough to help Djokovic.

Sandgren talks about Djokovic

"Tennis is a selfish and individualistic sport by nature. Everyone has their own interests and as soon as controversies like this arise, no one lifts a finger. Maybe some are happy with Novak Djokovic's absence in New York, I find it very sad how he has everyone has acted," said the American, determined not to exempt even for a moment the organization of the tournament, which has taken refuge in the federal law that prevents unvaccinated foreign citizens from entering the United States, despite a change close to regulation.

"This is all very sad, the organization hasn't done enough for Novak," Tennys Sandgren said. "They cannot make us think that their voice does not count and that they have no influence. Such a big and powerful event could have influenced a change of the regulation or an exemption towards Djokovic.

The US Open has not fought for Novak and that is sad and brutal", asserts a Tennys Sandgren who has experienced a huge step back in his sports career since the pandemic broke out, playing few tournaments and performing far from his best level in which he has played.

A firm supporter of Novak Djokovic, his words join those of other tennis players, such as Casper Ruud, who consider it a shame that a political decision has prevented a sports legend from competing at the 2022 US Open.