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Novak Djokovic has resigned himself to missing out on the US Open due to vaccine refusal

Novak Djokovic has resigned himself to missing the US Open over his refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19, saying he would like to travel to the United States but admits that is not possible.

  • Novak Djokovic has long insisted he will not be vaccinated against Covid-19
  • In January, Djokovic was deported from Australia after an exception was denied
  • The United States currently does not allow unvaccinated people to enter the country
  • Serbian star has resigned to missing US Open unless change comes

Novak Djokovic has resigned himself to missing out on a second Grand Slam due to his refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

The Serb addressed the issue for the first time since the US announced earlier this month that its requirement for anyone entering the country to show a vaccination certificate remains in effect.

Djokovic was asked at Wimbledon on Saturday whether he would seek an exemption from entering the US Open – as he did for the Australian Open, a fiasco that ended with his deportation from the country.

Novak Djokovic Resigned To Missing US Open Over Refusal To Get Vaccinated

Novak Djokovic Resigned To Missing US Open Over Refusal To Get Vaccinated

In January, Djokovic was deported from Australia after being refused entry

In January, Djokovic was deported from Australia after being refused entry

“Well, as of today, I’m not allowed to enter the United States under these circumstances,” he said. ‘I just have to wait. I would like to go to the States. But as of today that is not possible.

‘I can’t do much more. It really is up to the US government to decide whether to let unvaccinated people into the country.”

There is, of course, a lot he could do – join the 5.2 billion people who have been vaccinated. When asked if he had “completely closed his mind” to that option, the 35-year-old replied, “Yes.”

Trailing Rafael Nadal by 20 Grand Slams to 22, Djokovic cannot afford to miss opportunities to close that gap. In that context, this fortnight at Wimbledon becomes even more important, a fact the defending champion acknowledged. “That’s an extra motivation to do well here,” he says.

Djokovic follows Rafael Nadal (pictured) with 20 Grand Slams to 22, and the gap could widen

Djokovic follows Rafael Nadal (pictured) with 20 Grand Slams to 22, and the gap could widen

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