Serbia’s Novak Djokovic will be able to play US Open after vaccine policy change
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic will be able to play the US Open, which runs from August 28 to Sunday, September 10, after the U.S. government announced Tuesday that it is lifting vaccination requirements for international visitors as of May 11.
End of vaccine requirements
«We are announcing that the Administration will end COVID-19 vaccine requirements for federal employees and international travelers at the end of May 11, the same day the COVID-19 public health emergency ends,» the White House advanced in its statement.
Last Grand Slam of the season
This will allow the world number one, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and who until now has not been able to enter the United States, to return to the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam of the season.
He requested a special permit to play in Indian Wells.
The winner of 22 ‘Grandes’, 35 years old, could not play last year the Australian Open and the US Open because of his decision not to be vaccinated. And this year he requested a special permit to play in Indian Wells and Miami, but this was denied due to the rules imposed by the health authorities, who now announce that the restrictions on the unvaccinated will cease to be in force from May 11.
He will be able to fight for his fourth trophy
Thus, the Serb, who won his last major title in Australia this January, will be able to fight to lift his fourth trophy at the American ‘Grand Slam’, where he has already won three times, in 2011, 2015 and 2018.