Novak Djokovic, the 21-time major champion and former world No. 1, has withdrawn from the US Open due to travel restrictions into the United States as a result of being unvaccinated against COVID-19.
Djokovic made the announcement Thursday morning, shortly before the draw was to be revealed, tweeting, “Sadly, I will not be able to travel to NY this time for US Open.”
After winning Wimbledon in July, Djokovic had stated he had hoped the U.S. would change its policies, allowing him to play at the year’s final major, and appeared to be training for the tournament.
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Sadly, I will not be able to travel to NY this time for US Open. Thank you #NoleFam for your messages of love and support. ❤️ 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! ??
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) August 25, 2022