John McEnroe: "Let Novak Djokovic enter in the US"
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 7355
Novak Djokovic is still waiting to know whether or not he will be able to fly to the United States to play the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami. The American legend John McEnroe believes it would be absurd if Djokovic weren't allowed to participate in the Sunshine Double.
McEnroe analyzed: "I think it would be sheer madness not to allow Novak Djokovic to enter the United States. I got vaccinated against the Coronavirus and I have always been in favor of the vaccine, but I respect those who have decided otherwise.
I had already found the decision to expel him from Australia last year crazy. Nole was able to play in the USA in 2021 and couldn't come in 2022, it seems ridiculous to me. It would be absurd if he couldn't play the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000 or any other tournament in the United States, especially the US Open.
I really hope this situation gets sorted out soon." In a press conference during the ATP in Buenos Aires last week, Francisco Cerundolo spent nice words for Djokovic: "I respect him very much and I think it's a great thing for tennis that it's still so competitive.
If we want to be able to beat him, we have to keep working hard. Despite him being 35, he won the Australian Open quite comfortably."
Can Novak Djokovic play Indian Wells and Miami?
The Serbian champion needs a special permit to enter the USA due to his vaccination status, remembering how the state of emergency will end on May 11th.
The world number 1 paid dearly for his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, given that already last year he had been forced to miss two Grand Slams (Australian Open and US Open) and all the American Masters 1000.
After grabbing his tenth title at the Australian Open, the 22-time Grand Slam champion is preparing to come back to the court in the ATP 500 in Dubai. The 35-year-old from Belgrade, who is still undefeated in 2023, returned to the top of the world rankings by ousting the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz from the throne.