John McEnroe on Novak Djokovic may miss US Open because of COVID-Vax rules: ‘I think it’s BS’

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As it is currently dormant, Novak Djokovic will not be able to compete the US Open due to government COVID-19 vaccine requirements for foreign travelers.

It’s the same verdict that kept Djokovic out of the Citi Open, National Bank Open and the upcoming Western & Southern Open. Unvaccinated foreign citizens cannot travel to Canada or the United States. Even though Djokovic hopes to be at the US Open, the policy was not right Tennis legend John McEnroe.

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after his match against Canadian Milos Raonic as he is interviewed by former tennis player John McEnroe.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts after his match against Canadian Milos Raonic as he is interviewed by former tennis player John McEnroe.
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McEnroe made his stance clear after Djokovic’s win at Wimbledon earlier in the summer. He reiterated his views in an interview with Fox News Digital on Saturday as he prepared to call an LAFC match with Will Ferrell on behalf of Mixhalo.

“Well, I think for a start it’s BS. This is my opinion. I think he should be allowed to play. My personal opinion, since I was vaccinated, I had a booster shot, that’s up to you,” McEnroe said. “If I were him and not him, he’s won a lot more majors than me, probably because he’s digging into his heels and finding the gear that very few people in any sport have ever found, so that’s part of.” he persists in what made him so great, he has every right to make the decision.

Novak Djokovic during a training session at the Mutua Madrid Open in Spain on April 30, 2022.

Novak Djokovic during a training session at the Mutua Madrid Open in Spain on April 30, 2022.
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“The guy is one of the greatest athletes in any sport. He is very careful with everything he puts in his body. So it’s frustrating to see that at this point we’re sitting here and everyone is having a great time at a LAFC football game and he’s not allowed into the country at the moment because he’s not vaccinated. It’s a real shame but those are the rules we really have with the government now. I don’t agree with that, but for now it’s c’est la vie.

It would depend on them change US government the travel policy that would allow Djokovic to play, as the US Tennis Association previously said he would comply with federal regulations.

Djokovic is a three-time champion at the US Open and was runner-up to Daniil Medvedev last year.

Novak Djokovic greets John McEnroe during Center Court's centenary celebrations at Wimbledon on July 3, 2022 in London.

Novak Djokovic greets John McEnroe during Center Court’s centenary celebrations at Wimbledon on July 3, 2022 in London.
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His victory at Wimbledon marked his 21st Grand Slam title in men’s singles. It was his first Grand Slam title of the year. He was unable to play the Australian Open after being expelled over the country’s strict coronavirus vaccine rules and lost to Rafael Nadal in the French Open quarterfinals.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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