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US Open organizers: Djokovic will not play due to vaccination policy for US non-citizens

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MOSCOW, 25 Aug – US Open organizers have expressed regret that former world No. 1 Serbian Novak Djokovic will not be able to compete due to the government’s decision on vaccination policy for US non-citizens.
On Thursday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on its official website updated the rules for the entry of foreigners into the country, according to which Djokovic will not be able to count on participation in the US Open tennis championship.

“Djokovic is a great champion. It’s a pity he won’t be able to compete in the 2022 US Open as he can’t enter the country due to the federal government’s decision on vaccination policy for non-US citizens. We look forward to Novak’s return to The 2023 US Open,” US Open director Stacey Allaster said in a statement.

It is noted that during the upcoming draw of the tournament, Djokovic will be replaced by a lucky loser.
Earlier, Djokovic said that he would not be vaccinated against COVID-19, even under the threat of missing tournaments. This season, the Serbian was no longer allowed to the Australian Open. For the same reason, Djokovic had to miss tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami in the first half of the season. He also did not take part in the Masters series tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati.
The organizers of the US Open previously announced that they would not require participants to have mandatory coronavirus vaccinations, but would respect the position of the US government regarding the entry of unvaccinated foreigners into the country.

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