(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 23 – Novak Djokovic is still enrolled in the US Open which will start on August 29, but at the moment the former world number 1 does not qualify to enter the United States as he has been in force since October 2021 the ban on entry into the US national territory to foreigners who have not received full vaccination against Covid-19. And Djokovic, as known, is not vaccinated. This is why his visa was taken off after two appeals before the Australian Open, and why he missed the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami between March and April, and in Cincinnati last week. in addition to the Canadian Masters 1000 in Montreal, which has identical standards. The case involved fans, who signed an online petition to grant him an exemption, and members of Congress, who sent a formal request to the Secretary of State to allow Djokovic to play the US Open. According to the signatories, the presence of the twenty-time Grand Slam champion in the most prestigious tennis tournament in the USA would be of national interest. They have in fact pushed, so far without success, for the recognition of the “National Interest Expemption”. The rules in force have also created controversy among players, due to the difference in treatment between unvaccinated US tennis players, who can play, and unvaccinated foreigners, excluded.
According to the rules of the Slams, players must communicate the forfeit from the tournament within a certain deadline, which varies from tournament to tournament, in relation to the time in which the draw of the scoreboards is scheduled. Draw that will take place in New York on Thursday. Djokovic can wait until the last moment. If the eventual forfeit were to be communicated after the draw of the board but before the order of play of the first day has been decided, then the news would change the board. (HANDLE).
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