Novak Djokovic, who has just won his fourth Wimbledon title in a row, does not yet know if he will be able to compete in the US Open at the end of August. He is currently not allowed to travel to the United States unless he can provide full COVID-19 vaccinations and Djokovic remains unvaccinated.
But the Serbian tennis star said he was “preparing as if” he would eventually be allowed to compete in the tournament, which he has won twice since 2018.
“Crossed fingers!” Djokovic wrote in a post on Instagram on Saturday.
After defeating Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon in June, Djokovic said he “would love to go to the States” to play at the US Open, but that it’s “impossible” because he still hasn’t been vaccinated. Djokovic added that he still refuses shots and that the US government should change its rules if he enters the tournament.
“I can’t do anything else,” he said. added in June. “I mean, it’s really up to the US government to decide whether or not to allow unvaccinated people to enter the country.”
Djokovic has said in the past that he’s willing to skip tournaments rather than get vaccinated, and he’s already missed the Indian Wells Masters and Miami Open this year. He was also deported from Australia in January ahead of the Australian Open after his visa was revoked. Djokovic has said in the past that he is not anti-vaccination but wants the freedom to choose whether to get vaccinated against the virus that has killed more than 6.3 million people since 2020. WHO.
The US Open has already released a statement confirming that it will not allow Djokovic to compete if his vaccination status violates government regulations, and there is no indication that the US plans to change its travel rules for unvaccinated people. However online petition A call for the US Tennis Association to work with the US government to allow Djokovic to play has already garnered 43,000 signatures as of July 30.
Djokovic lost to Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev in the 2021 US Open men’s singles final last year.