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Daniil Medvedev really wants to see Novak Djokovic play the US Open later this month – at least to see another match of the Serb’s epic rivalry with Rafael Nadal.
It won’t be Djokovic for the time being US Open because the government has banned foreign travelers from entering the United States unless they are vaccinated against the coronavirus. With the CDC recently changing guidelines for infected people, some have wondered if the rules would change for players like Djokovic, who recently won another Major at Wimbledon.
Medvedev was recently asked if he would like to see Djokovic compete at Flushing Meadows.
“Yes, sure. There’s nothing I can do. It’s the government that makes the rules, so I don’t know if they can actually change it or not,” Medvedev said on Tennis 365.
“If you ask me if I would be the decision maker, sure I want Novak to play. I like it when the tournament has the best players in the world.”
He added he would “love” to see Djokovic and Nadal compete again. Nadal has 22 Grand Slam titles and Djokovic has 21.
“But if he can’t be there because of government rules, everyone will still try to do their best and win [the] US Open.”
Recently tennis legend John McEnroe to Fox News Digital it was “BS” that Djokovic couldn’t currently play and hoped the rules would change over time.
“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.
“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 at the moment. I don’t agree with that, but for now it’s c’est la vie.”
Medvedev defeated Djokovic last season.