Novak Djokovic, a 21-time tennis major champion and former top-ranked player, has withdrawn from next week’s US Open — one of tennis’ four major events. Djokovic has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, and the U.S. does not allow unvaccinated foreigners to enter the country.
“Sadly, I will not be able to travel to NY this time for US Open,” Djokovic tweeted this week. He added, “I’ll keep in good shape and positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to compete again.”
In a statement about Djokovic’s decision to pull out of the U.S. Open, Stacey Allaster, the tournament director, said it was “very unfortunate that he would be unable to compete at the 2022 U.S. Open.”