Novak Djokovic will not take part in the US Open 2022. A message that had been in the air for a few days but only became official on Thursday afternoon. A few hours before the draw, the Serbian phenomenon announced its resignation from the final Grand Slam of the season.
As the former world No. 1 is not vaccinated against the coronavirus, she cannot enter the United States. The CDC has eased restrictions in recent weeks, but the rules at the border have not changed. For Nole, after the Australian Open, it is the second missed major in 2022.
Goran Ivanisevic’s protégé has endured a turbulent season precisely because of his decision not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, forcing him to miss even four Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati).
The 35-year-old from Belgrade, unable to defend the final he reached in New York last year, will fall further down the table. Tennys Sandgren is certainly among those who have always been on Novak’s side. In an interview with L’Equipe, the American said the US Open didn’t do enough to help Djokovic.
Sandgren speaks about Djokovic
“Tennis is inherently a selfish and individualistic sport. Everyone has their own interests and when controversies like this arise, no one lifts a finger. Perhaps some are happy about the absence of Novak Djokovic in New York, I find it very sad how he has acted everyone,” said the American, who was determined to organize the tournament, which, despite a change in the rules, has left the country unvaccinated foreign citizen to the United States, not to exempt even for a moment.
“It’s all very sad, the organization hasn’t done enough for Novak,” said Tennys Sandgren. “They cannot make us believe that their voice does not count and that they have no influence. Such a big and powerful event could have influenced a regulation change or an exemption to Djokovic.
The US Open didn’t fight for Novak and that’s sad and brutal,” claims a Tennys Sandgren, who has seen a major setback in his sports career since the pandemic broke out, playing few tournaments and being far from his best level, in that he played.
A staunch supporter of Novak Djokovic, his words echo those of other tennis players like Casper Ruud, who find it a shame that a sports legend has been prevented from playing the 2022 US Open due to a political decision.