Djokovic claims that his lack of a Covid vaccination will prevent him from competing in the US Open.
The 35-year-old Serb will miss the second Grand Slam because he was not immunized; earlier this year, he was deported before the Australian Open.
US Open champion Novak Djokovic, who has won the tournament three times, wrote, “Unfortunately, I will not be able to travel to NY this time.”
The news from Djokovic, which was eagerly awaited, came hours before the draw for the season’s final Grand Slam.
John McEnroe, a tennis veteran, called the Novak Djokovic suspension a “joke.”
McEnroe stated, “At this point, in the pandemic, we’re two and a half years in, I think people in all parts of the world know more about it, and the idea that he can’t travel here to play, to me is a joke.”
Ironically, Djokovic was permitted to compete in New York, where he won titles in 2011, 2015, and 2018, during the height of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021.
He hasn’t competed since winning his seventh Wimbledon title last month, bringing his Grand Slam total to 21, just one short of Rafael Nadal’s record of 22.
Only a month ago, Novak Djokovic declared that he was “getting ready to compete” at the US Open, where a devastating loss to Daniil Medvedev in the championship match of the previous year ended his dreams of completing the Grand Slam of the four majors.
Djokovic wished to return soon as he wrapped his tweet.
“Good luck to my fellow players! I’ll keep in good shape and positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to compete again.
“See you soon tennis world!”