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Novak Djokovic states he desire to play US Open: ‘I want to play everywhere’


Novak Djokovic says he will travel to the US Open if he is allowed to, but it ‘is not the end of the world’ if he can’t.

Djokovic was sensationally deported from Australia earlier this due to a row over him not being vaccinated against Covid-19.

He then spent a week going through the Australian legal system to fight to remain in the country before ultimately being sent home just hours before his first match at the Australian Open was scheduled to begin.

As things stand, Djokovic will not be allowed entry into America unless he is vaccinated – which he isn’t – and he says he is happy to accept it if that remains the case and he cannot play the US Open.

“I’m not going to go to America if I don’t have permission, so the Australian saga for me was not pleasant at all.” Novak Djokovic said,” as quoted by Reuters.

“People still think I forced my way to Australia and tried to come in with no paper, permission or exemption – it is not true. That was proven on the court case, so I would never go into a country where I didn’t have permission to travel. I would love to come back to Australia. I love Australia, I had my best Grand Slam results in that country.

“Hopefully I can be there in January because I want to be there, and I also want to be in New York. I want to be in America and everywhere I can possibly play. I am a professional tennis player, I don’t go into politics or anything else because that doesn’t interest me.

“I have my stance and I am a proponent for freedom to choose what is best for you. I respect everything and everybody, and I expect people to at least respect my decision. If I have permission, I’ll be there. If I don’t, I won’t be there – it’s not the end of the world.”

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Michael Graham, Tennishead.net Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of Tennishead.net 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.