Novak Djokovic US Open 2022

‘Insane’ not to allow Novak Djokovic to play US Open, says ATP ace

It’s ‘a bit crazy’ to not let Novak Djokovic into America to play the US Open, Steve Johnson has claimed.

Unless there is a significant last-minute change of policy. Djokovic will not be allowed to enter the US due to his status as an unvaccinated foreign national.

That means he will miss his second major of the tournament due to his decision not to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

He has found support within the tennis community, though, and world number 115 Steve Johnson has added his name to those hoping Novak Djokovic is indeed allowed to compete.

“You know, even though he’s, seven or eight in the world right now, he’s the best player, “ Johnson said in a recent interview.

“I think him and Rafa Nadal are the best players and you want the best players to be competing at the Slams at the highest level. Whether you like Novak or not, he’s one of the GOATs and there’s really no debating that.

” I think it’s a bit crazy to not let him into the states and to play. But again, that’s my opinion, you know, I’m not somebody at the top that makes the rules.

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“I get, I get why the rules are enforced. I get all that, I completely do. But now that we’re two and a half years into this thing.

“it seems to be a bit insane, not to let him in and, sadly, I don’t think that we’re going to get any guidelines change before the US Open to let him in sadly.”

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.