The US government has officially confirmed that COVID vaccination requirements for foreign travel will be eliminated. This is a huge relief for Novak Djokovic, and his fans. World no. Novak Djokovic, the world no.1, was prevented from participating in the US Open 2022 because of his anti-vaccination position. In 2022 the USA implemented strict COVID Vaccination Rules for foreign travelers. This is why he has been banned from visiting the USA until the hard court season of 2023. The US also denied him entry for the Sunshine Doubles tournaments.
Novak Djokovic has had a difficult couple of years. He was refused entry into the USA and Australia because he is anti-vax. In 2022, he missed both Grand Slams due to strict restrictions in those countries. In 2023 he was allowed to enter Australia, and won the Australian Open in 2023. It was clear how important the championship was to him as he had been denied participation the year before. He won the US Open for the last time in 2018.
Novak Djokovic was disqualified in 2020 and could not advance beyond the fourth round of the US Open. In frustration, he hit the ball against the backboard and it struck a lines judge’s throat. Djokovic apologized immediately, but was sent packing.
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Novak Djokovic’s vaccination exemption fiasco
Novak Djokovic has exempted him from the COVID vaccinations. This meant that he had to request an exemption in order to travel to countries with vaccination restrictions. Djokovic , despite his incredible status at the Australian Open was denied entry into Australia in an extremely brutal manner. He was in Melbourne, but his Visa had been denied at the airport. He was interrogated by police. Djokovic had to spend a few nights in a quarantine facility near Melbourne Airport.
Djokovic submitted an exemption request for the Miami Open as well as the Indian Wells. He was then denied entry to both tournaments . The Serb has lost ATP points due to the rejection of his entry. It will be thrilling to watch him play on hard courts and in 5 set formats now that he is back on American soil. The world awaits to see how well the Serbs will do in a five-set match.