Novak Djokovic is ‘preparing’ for the US Open as Joe Biden is under pressure to let the Serb play. Tennis | Play
Novak Djokovic has said on social media that he is gearing up to compete at the US Open next month, despite current entry requirements barring him from entering the country due to his vaccination status. US President Joe Biden is under pressure from a group of politicians who believe the current Wimbledon champion should be allowed to compete for another Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows.
Djokovic’s Covid vaccine drama began earlier this year at the Australian Open, where he was held in a detention center before eventually being deported after an ugly legal battle. It turned out that the Serb had not been captured, and over the months he has shown an unwavering determination to keep the pressure off.
He had no such legal trouble at Wimbledon, where he defeated Janik Sinner and Cameron Norie en route to the blockbuster final. Once there, he surrendered the first set to furious Australian Nick Kyrgios, but came back to win four.
This takes him to 21 Grand Slam titles, behind only Rafael Nadal on the all-time list. But naturally, Djokovic wants to step away from the game at the top, and a recent social media caption suggests he still hopes he can add to his tally at Flushing Meadows in September.
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He wrote on Instagram, “I just wanted to take a moment and say to all of you how grateful I am to see so many messages of support and love from around the world these days.” “I wasn’t expecting it, and that’s why it seems so mind boggling. Just wanted to say thanks.
“It feels special that people connect with my tennis career in such a loving and supportive way and want me to continue to compete. I’m preparing as though I’ll be allowed to compete, while I get to hear that.” Waiting to see if there’s a place. For me to visit America. Fingers crossed!”
The Wimbledon champion, who is already banned from playing at the Australian Open due to his vaccination status, has insisted he is ready to participate in the tournament to preserve his health and physical autonomy. Don’t play a role in your personal health decisions.”
The US Open is set to begin in late August and Djokovic will be eager to avenge his loss to Daniil Medvedev in last year’s final. The Serb has prevailed only three times at Flushing Meadows, with their latest victory coming in 2018.