Djokovic Still Banned From United States a Week Before U.S. Open 2022

Djokovic Still Banned From United States: The US Open starts next week, but the men’s betting favorite, Novak Djokovic, will likely be barred from competing, barring a last-minute pivot from the player or the US government.

On April 21, the Department of Homeland Security expanded the “temporary Title 19 requirements” requiring non-US citizens entering the United States to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and related vaccinations upon request. Evidence must be provided.

“These requirements were expanded in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several other federal agencies,” DHS wrote in announcing the expansion. “Vaccines are the most effective public health measure to prevent illness or death, slow the transmission of COVID-19, and reduce the potential for the emergence of new strains of COVID-19.”

Djokovic seems unlikely to change course. “I’m not planning to get vaccinated, so the only good news I have is that they’re going to remove the mandatory green vaccine card or whatever you need to get into the United States,” Djokovic said after winning Wimbledon last month. Ask for or discount”. Salem title. In late July, the Serbian tennis player posted on his social media channels, “I’m preparing as if I’ll be allowed to compete, while I’m waiting to hear if it’s for me.” There’s room to go to America. Fingers crossed!”

Djokovic fans had a glimmer of hope that the three-time US Open champion would be able to travel to New York, based on the latest COVID-19 guidelines announced by the CDC on August 11. The revised guidance has moved away from social distancing and COVID. -19 quarantine requirements, while eliminating any differences in protocol between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

“This guidance recognizes that the pandemic is not over, but it also helps us get to the point where CoVID-19 does not adversely affect our daily lives,” Greta Masetti, A C.D.C. The epidemiologist said in a statement.

The CDC said it will work to “align stand-alone guidance documents” related to “health care settings, congregate settings at high risk of transmission, and travel” in the coming weeks. But some expect DHS regulations, which have kept Djokovic out of the U.S. for all of this year’s events, to change this week.

“Of course, we would welcome Novak if the federal guidelines that currently prevent unvaccinated non-US citizens from entering the country are considered,” a USTA spokesperson said via email. Djokovic is the only player in the ATP top 100 who will be banned from playing under the guidelines.

The current US players, John Isner and Taylor Fritz, both questioned the decision to ban Djokovic from playing, with Isner calling it “madness”. John McEnroe has also backed Djokovic. “I think it’s BS,” McEnroe told Fox News this month. “It’s really unfortunate but these are the principles that we really have as a government. I don’t agree with it but I agree with it at this point.” Two-time presidential candidate Steve Forbes echoed McEnroe, calling him “bureaucratic BS” on Twitter.

Djokovic has been at the center of the tennis world in 2022, both on and off the court. He was deported from Australia before the Australian Open in January when his medical exemption visa was revoked. Djokovic’s ability to enter France for the French Open was in doubt, but he was eventually allowed to compete at Roland Garros, where he lost to Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. His seventh and final event so far this year was his title at Wimbledon. The stakes are high for Djokovic as he competes with Nadal and Roger Federer for the all-time men’s record for Slam wins. Nadal is currently on top with 22.

Djokovic is fifth on Sportico’s list of the world’s highest-paid tennis players with $28.2 million. Although sponsors have begun to back away from Djokovic, he still has a chance to go down as one of the greatest players in the history of the game. This year, both UKG and Peugeot dropped valuable “patch” sponsorships, which generate huge exposure for the brands during marquee matches, such as Grand Slam finals. His Peugeot contract began in 2014, with UKG signing Djokovic in 2019. Lacoste remains Djokovic’s most valuable endorsement partner in a $10 million-a-year deal, including bonuses for a big year on court.

Djokovic lost to Daniel Medvedev in a stunning upset in last year’s US Open final, ending his quest to become the first man since Rod Lever in 1969 to win a calendar Grand Slam. It was his record sixth loss in the Open final. Cesar Sportsbook has Djokovic as the favorite this year at +150, followed by Medvedev at +250.

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