Novak Djokovic’s 2022 has not started in the best way. The Serbian champion has had to deal with a remarkable number of problems due to his decision not to get vaccinated. After arriving in Australia thanks to a medical exemption granted to him by two independent groups of medical experts, the Belgrader was detained at the border and was forced to spend several days in the Park Hotel in Melbourne, a facility that the Australian government uses for “accommodate” groups of immigrants and asylum seekers.
Finally, Djokovic was unable to participate in the first Slam of the year due to a decision made directly by the Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke. The tennis player born in 1987 then missed the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami for the same reason.
The former world number one has since benefited from the relaxation of restrictions in Europe and has drawn up a fairly concrete schedule that will see him play Wimbledon as well. The Serbian won the Rome Masters 1000 and was then defeated by Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.
Taking into account the regulations in force in the United States, which requires travelers to present a complete vaccination cycle at the border, Djokovic could not participate in the American Masters 1000 and, above all, in the US Open.
According to information in the possession of the British newspaper The Telegraph, the US authorities have no intention of relaxing entry conditions in the coming months. Djokovic’s season seems to have taken a turn and the ATP Finals in Turin are getting further and further away.
In fact, if the US government continues to impose the same rules, Djokovic will also have to give up the Masters 1000 in Montreal and Cincinnati. Lew Sherr, CEO of the USTA Executives, commented on the matter and specified: “We will follow the guidelines of the government and the C.D.C.”
John McEnroe pays tribute to Djokovic
Novak Djokovic was subjected to a partisan crowd during his quarterfinal clash with Rafael Nadal at the French Open. “No other player had to face great difficulties. It’s not fair, hey, I have to say,” McEnroe said.
“This guy has found a way out of difficult situations more than any other player in the history of tennis. And if you think he doesn’t mind, you’re crazy. He’s so mentally strong that he can handle it and somehow direct his anger and frustration at what he sees as a lack of respect, and I feel that too,” he added.