Novak Djokovic able to participate in 2023 US Open as government lifts COVID-19 vaccine mandate

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic will have the ability to take part in the 2023 United States Open as the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination required for foreign air tourists is set to end May 11. The Serbian professional athlete missed out on in 2015’s competitors in Queens, N.Y. due to his vaccination status.

On Monday, the White House validated they are ending the the COVID-19 vaccine requirements for federal workers, federal specialists and worldwide air tourists that were developed in 2021 due to the fact that of the pandemic.

“Novak Djokovic is a great champion, a fan favorite, and now that the federal government has lifted its vaccine requirements for international travelers, we look forward to welcoming him back to New York for the 2023 U.S. Open,” U.S. Tennis Association representative Chris Widmaier informed the Associated Press today.

Djokovic, a three-time United States Open champ, asked for unique consent to go into the U.S. to play in the BNP Paribas Open and Miami Open competitions previously this year, however his COVID-19 vaccine waiver was rejected.

The U.S. has actually not been the only nation where Djokovic has actually experienced concerns. Djokovic was associated with a debate in 2015 when he was deported from Australia ahead of the 2022 Australian Open. However, he had the ability to complete at Melbourne Park this year after the nation’s constraints were reduced.

Djokovic went on to win the 10th Australian Open title of his profession in late January. That win was not simply huge due to the fact that of his go back to Australia, however likewise due to the fact that he managed the triumph — his 93rd ATP title and 22nd Grand Slam — while handling a muscle tear of about an inch in his left hamstring. He is now connected with Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam titles in tennis history. 

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