As the US Open series approaches, Novak Djokovic is finding growing support from those who want the US government to let him into the country. Popular American TV personality Rachel Campos-Duffy and Congresswoman Claudia Tenney are the latest to back Djokovic.
The Serbian has been included in the entry list for the US Open 2022 published by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). However, he cannot enter America at this time, as current rules require foreign travelers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Djokovic, of course, has made it clear on several occasions that he has no plans to get vaccinated.
In this context, Campos-Duffy and Tenney criticized the Joe Biden government for its rules and regulations regarding the virus. While Campos-Duffy said Biden needed to wake up as the pandemic was over, Tenney blamed politics for keeping the world No. 7 out.
“This is the dumbest thing ever! Can someone wake a sleeping Joe from his nap and tell him the pandemic is over? Our government continues to work to #BigPharma?” Campos-Duffy tweeted.
“It is absolutely despicable. @DjokerNole is the best tennis player in the world who performs at an ultra-elite level is unable to compete in a premier sporting event in the United States because of politics,” Tenney wrote.
Under new rules released last month, foreign travelers are no longer required to present negative test results to enter the United States. However, they have yet to produce proof of a double dose of coronavirus vaccination.
The United States Tennis Association, organizers of the US Open, declined to request a special waiver for unvaccinated players.
Novak Djokovic set to miss entire US Open swing
Although Novak Djokovic cannot enter America without proof of vaccination, he is on the roster for the US Open 2022 due to International Tennis Federation (ITF) rules. According to the ITF, all eligible players should be automatically included in the entry list based on their ranking 42 days before the start of a Grand Slam.
Tournament organizers released a statement saying that while the US Open does not require players to be vaccinated, the tournament will adhere to government policies.
“Per ITF Grand Slam rules, all eligible players are automatically entered into the fields of the Men’s and Women’s Singles Main Draw based on ranking 42 days prior to the first Monday of the event. The US Open n ‘has no vaccination mandate in place for players, but it will respect the US government’s position regarding travel to the country for unvaccinated non-US citizens,’ the statement read.
This effectively means that Djokovic will not be able to participate in any event in the United States this year, including the Cincinnati Masters.