Novak Djokovic dealt US blow as vaccination restrictions extended
Novak Djokovic has been dealt a potential blow by the US extending their vaccination requirement until April.
Djokovic has been resolute in his determination to not be vaccinated against Covid-19, and it meant he had to sit out a number of tournaments last season.
Among them was the Masters Sunshine Double of Indian Wells and Miami, which take place in March. Therefore, the latest extension to the vaccination requirement means he will be forced to miss them again.
His potential US Open involvement remains in doubt, though, and there is every chance he could be allowed to play this year.
Government officials have not yet made a decision beyond April 10, meaning there is likely two reviews between now and when the US Open starts in late August.
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In fairness, Novak Djokovic did not allow the vaccination restrictions stop him from having a sensational 2022 season. Despite being forced to miss two majors (and receive no points for another) and four Masters, he still finished the season ranked at number five in the world.
He also won the ATP Finals for a record-equalling time and is currently in Adelaide preparing for the Australian Open, which he can play again this season. If he can win what would be a tenth Australian Open title, he would draw level with Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam race on 22.
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