'Novak Djokovic's absence increases...', says ATP ace

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'Novak Djokovic's absence increases...', says ATP ace

“Unfortunately, this time I won't be able to go to New York for the US Open. Thanks to NoleFam for all the messages of love and support. Good luck to my mates! I will keep in good shape and with a positive spirit I will wait for an opportunity to compete again.

See you soon, the world of tennis! "Through a post published on his social media accounts, Novak Djokovic announced his forfeit in view of the last Grand Slam of 2022 before the men's main draw was drawn. The Serbian waited with hope for the rules of entry to the United States to change, especially after the first statement published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Notice that he has nullified any regulatory difference between vaccinated and unvaccinated people among US citizens. However, the provision was not extended to individuals from abroad, who will have to continue to show the vaccination certificate to enter the country.

The Djokovic case has divided the American government and prompted US Senator Ted Cruz to take the Belgrade's defense. Cruz shared Djokovic's post and threw a dig at Joe Biden by writing: “What idiocy! " The federal senator for the state of Texas since 2013 has dedicated more than one tweet to Djokovic in recent months to push the government to change its decision and has used the slogan: "Let Novak Play" on more than one occasion.Meanwhile, the organizers of the US Open, who had no role in this affair, have also published an important statement on the Djokovic issue.

“Novak is a champion and it is a real shame that he will not be able to participate in the 2022 edition of the US Open, as he is unable to enter the country due to the federal government’s vaccination policy for non-US citizens."

Fritz praises Nole Djokovic

For Taylor Fritz, Novak Djokovic is currently the best player in the world. “I think at the end of the day, he’s the best player in the world and would be the clear favorite to win the U.S.

Open if he was allowed to play,” Fritz said, adding, “[Without Djokovic] it’s the most spread out everyone’s chance of winning are for a long, long time, and honestly I think that makes it more exciting than ever”.

Fritz believes that the tide is changing a little now and others have a fair shot at the biggest trophies on offer. “I think there was a long period where it was just basically [Roger] Federer, [Novak] Djokovic, [Rafael] Nadal, [Andy] Murray and it was always going to be one of those guys.

I think now times are changing a bit, there’s no one that’s overly dominant right now so I feel like anyone between 10 people could win the tournament,” he said.