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“If anyone understands anything about the effects of war, it’s Novak Djokovic; it would be a travesty if he wasn’t at this event!”

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Novak Djokovic looks set to miss another event in the United States ahead of the US Open, despite it being an exhibition event. The US Open has announced that Rafael Nadal, Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff and Carlos Alcaraz, among others, will play an exhibition event in the week leading up to the Grand Slam tournament, with proceeds from the event going to affected countries. the war. people in Ukraine.

Tennis fans have expressed their thoughts on the charity event which will feature some of the sport’s biggest stars. While many were excited about the great line-up, Djokovic’s fans again urged the relevant authorities to let him into the country to play in the US Open.

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The likes of Taylor Fritz, Felix Auger-Aliassime, John McEnroe, Leylah Fernandez, Jessica Pegula and Victoria Azarenka will also be part of the charity event, where all players involved will play a series of singles and mixed doubles matches.

As the event is held with the sole purpose of helping those affected by the Russian-Ukrainian war, one fan felt that Djokovic should be present for such an event, given that he himself experienced a similar situation. in the past.

“If anyone understands anything about the effects of war, it’s THAT guy Novak Djokovic!!! He’s trying to bring PEACE to so many people in the Balkans by uniting and spreading love without borders! This will be a travesty if he is the most not at this event!” said a message on Twitter.

@US Open If anyone understands anything about the effects of war, it’s THIS guy. @DjokerNole !!! He is trying to bring PEACE to so many people in the Balkans by uniting and spreading love without borders! It would be a travesty if he is not at this event!#LetNovakPlay @usta https://t.co/87KTIa7VVC

Meanwhile, another fan feels that the Ukrainian players themselves should have been part of the event.

@US Open No Ukrainian player invited apparently.

Here are some additional reactions to the announcement of the charity event to be held ahead of this year’s US Open:

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@tonythetigger1 @US Open He could have been vaccinated and then donated his time for peace. Obviously, he does not want peace.

@US Open @genny_ss Incredible event! Great to support Ukraine as they fight to protect us all!

@US Open @vrcsports Do you have Ukrainian players? Kostyuk, Tsurenko, Yastremska, Svitolina

The event will take place as part of the Tennis Plays for Peace programme, which has already been set up. Spectators can purchase tickets, priced at $25 and $50, and all proceeds will go to GlobalGiving, a nonprofit organization that runs a crisis relief fund in Ukraine. The proceeds will be used to help affected communities in Ukraine as well as those in neighboring areas where Ukrainian refugees reside.


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Novak Djokovic’s participation in the US Open was recently a lifeline after US Representative Claudia Tenney penned a letter to the US government and US Secretary of State to provide Djokovic with a National Interest Exemption for enter the country and play the US Open.

Meanwhile, the Serb has been spending time in Montenegro since winning Wimbledon and training on hard courts at an academy there.

The Serb missed the current Canadian Open as Canada follows the same vaccine rules that currently deny him entry to the United States. He is currently ranked No. 6 in the ATP rankings and is in danger of falling further if he does not ultimately play at the US Open. He will miss the Cincinnati Open next week if he doesn’t get a bye in time for the ATP Masters 1000 event.

The Serb reached last year’s Grand Slam final in New York, where his bid for a Grand Slam on the calendar was ended by Daniil Medvedev.


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