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Novak Djokovic says he is ‘still waiting to hear’ about US Open fate

Novak Djokovic says he is still hopeful of being able to play the US Open despite his vaccination status.

Djokovic won Wimbledon last month to remind everyone that he is still the best player in the world today.

That is despite a tough year for the Serbian which started with him being deported from Australia due to a row over his decision to not be vaccinated against Covid-19.

He has maintained that position since, and that is causing problems for him ahead of the US hardcourt swing. Currently, no unvaccinated foreigners are allowed into the US, which threatens to leave Djokovic on the outside look in once again.

However, he has released a video of himself practicing, and he says he remains hopeful he will be able to compete for what would be a record-equalling 22nd major.

“I am preparing as if I will be allowed to compete while I await to hear if there is any room for me to travel to US,” Djokovic said in the Instagram post.

“Fingers crossed!”


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Novak Djokovic reached the final of the US Open last year before losing to Daniil Medvedev. That means he will be unable to defend 1,200 points should be be unable to play the tournament this year.

That would be on top of the 2,000 he lost at the Australian Open and the further 2,000 he dropped despite winning Wimbledon.

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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.