Daniel Evans thinks it "would have been nice" to have Novak Djokovic at the US Open. On Thursday, Djokovic pulled out of the US Open after being denied entry into the United States because of his vaccination status.
The current US vaccine policy requires foreigners entering the country to show the proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated Americans are allowed to compete at the US Open. “It is a disappointment that Novak is not here.
Obviously there is a rule but I think there can be unvaccinated players playing in the tournament. That is my understanding - if you are American, you can be unvaccinated. And I think the bottom line is that he would add something to this tournament.
I don’t know the chats they had with the US. But I think it would have been nice to see him here. And I think people like Rafa would want him to be here so whoever does win the tournament, has won the tournament in the best possible way.
But there were rules before and they have stuck to them," Evans said.
Evans hanging out with fellow British players
While in New York for the US Open, Evans went out for dinner with Andy Murray. Next month in Glasgow, Evans and Murray will be hoping to lead Great Britain to the knockout phase of the Davis Cup Finals.
“Everyone hangs out with everyone but not at the same time. I went out for dinner with Andy two nights ago. My pet hate is going out to dinner in a big group because it takes too long for food. Everyone gets on pretty well which is good for Davis Cup as well," Evans said.
Meanwhile, Evans plays Jiri Vesely in the US Open first round. Evans and Vesely will be going head-to-head for the second time when they meet at the US Open. Vesely beat Evans in their lone meeting, which came in 2017 Rome.