Novak Djokovic - US Open 2021

Novak Djokovic confirmed to be able to return to the US Open

Novak Djokovic will be able to return to the US Open for the first time since 2021, after the White House confirmed that the US were bringing an end to Covid-19 ‘vaccine requirements’.

Djokovic missed the Grand Slam tournament in New York last year, where he is a three-time champion, due to his vaccination status and had to miss the tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami this year despite receiving support from the US Open itself.

However, the Serb will no longer be missing tournaments due to the Covid-19 vaccine as the US were the last country on the ATP tour to have restrictions.

A White House statement said: “Today, we are announcing that the Administration will end the Covid-19 vaccine requirements for Federal employees, Federal contractors, and international air travellers at the end of the day on May 11, the same day that the Covid-19 public health emergency ends.‚ÄĚ

The US Open doesn’t begin until the 28th August, however Djokovic appears to be in a battle to get fit before the second major of the year.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion withdrew from the Madrid Open that is currently taking place, after he had struggled in both Monte Carlo and Banja Luka with an elbow injury that he had surgery on in 2018.

Djokovic is still scheduled to play in Rome next week where he is the defending champion, before heading to Paris for Roland Garros that begins on the 28th May.

Novak Djokovic missed tournaments due to vaccination status

Djokovic had to miss a selection of big tournaments in 2022 due to his vaccination status, including two majors.

Here are all of the Grand Slam and Masters 1000 tournaments Djokovic has not been able to play due to his Covid-19 vaccination status:


  • Australian Open
  • Indian Wells¬†
  • Miami¬†
  • Montreal¬†
  • Cincinnati¬†
  • US Open


  • Indian Wells
  • Miami¬†

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.