Novak Djokovic’s US Open omission is being questioned by Australian tennis veteran John Millman

With Novak Djokovic likely to miss qualifying for the US Open in 2022, an unlikely Australian has jumped to his defence.

John Millman, currently ranked 76th in the world, was recently in the US where he reached the round of 16 at the Atlanta Open.

The 33-year-old has since been sidelined due to COVID-19 and believes his experience in the country underscores why Djokovic is allowed to participate.

The youngest Wimbledon winner is not allowed to enter the US as the country requires visitors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 – something Djokovic has refused.

The US Open recently confirmed they will be adhering to the country’s vaccination requirements all exclude Djokovic from the Grand Slam event.

Millman believes the current handling of the pandemic in the US should not deny Djokovic his place at the tournament.

“I’m traveling with Covid. I was just in the States and didn’t really feel like too many were following recommendations or guidelines there. Which is fine but that’s why I can’t understand why @DjokerNole can’t come and compete,” Millman tweeted.

“Let me get that straight. If everyone in the country has followed the guidelines, then I’m all for them enforcing a Vax entry policy. got a refresher…”

Millman’s comments have inevitably garnered a lot of attention online, and he subsequently defended his post by adding, “Twitter is full of people who have all kinds of opinions on different subjects, but when an athlete has an opinion on something that doesn’t relate to his sport, they are told to “stick with their sport.”

Millman was scheduled to play Wednesday’s Los Cabos Open in Mexico, but the game was canceled.

The Australian is no stranger to the US Open, having reached the quarterfinals there in 2018 – his best run at a Grand Slam event to date.

Djokovic himself recently posted on social media to thank fans for their support, revealing that he still has hope of competing at the US Open.

“It feels special that people are connecting to my tennis career in such a loving and supportive way and wanting me to keep competing,” Djokovic continued Instagram.

“I’m preparing as if I’m allowed to compete while waiting to hear if there’s room for me to travel to the US. Fingers crossed!”

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