Novak Djokovic withdraws from the Canadian Open just weeks before the US Open because of the vaccination mandate

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Novak Djokovic says he is “Preparation” for the US Open later this month as if he would be allowed to compete, but the 21-time Grand Slam winner withdrew from the Canadian Open on Thursday because of the country’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for travelers.

Similar to the US, Canada does not allow this unvaccinated aliens to travel to the country, which prompted Djokovic to withdraw from the tournament.

Thursday’s news could be a foreshadowing of what is to come later that month at the US Openwhere Djokovic is hoping for a record-breaking 22nd Grand Slam title and his fourth on the hard courts at Flushing Meadows in New York.

Novak Djokovic waves to the crowd after losing to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open singles final on September 12, 2021 in New York.

Novak Djokovic waves to the crowd after losing to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open singles final on September 12, 2021 in New York.
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After beating Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final on July 10, Djokovic said he would “love to” compete in the final Grand Slam tournament of the year, but also conceded, “I don’t plan on getting vaccinated.”

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) issued a statement last month announcing that while the tournament does not have a vaccination mandate, it will adhere to federal policy.

Novak Djokovic plays Aljaz Bedene at the French Open 2022 at Roland Garros in Paris on May 27, 2022.

Novak Djokovic plays Aljaz Bedene at the French Open 2022 at Roland Garros in Paris on May 27, 2022.
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“The US Open does not have a vaccination mandate for players, but will respect the US government’s position regarding the entry of unvaccinated non-US citizens into the country,” the USTA said.

After being deported from Australia In January, Djokovic missed several events in California, Florida and Ohio earlier this season due to his vaccination status. The US Open, which begins August 29, is next on his list.

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic returns the ball during an exhibition match in Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina, July 13, 2022.

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic returns the ball during an exhibition match in Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina, July 13, 2022.
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Djokovic said he is in a social media post last week focused on training for the US Open “as if I’m allowed to compete.”

“Just wanted to take a moment and tell you all how grateful I am to see so many messages of support and love from around the world these days,” his post read. “I’m preparing as if I’m allowed to compete while waiting to hear if there’s room for me to travel to the United States. Fingers crossed!”

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