Novak Djokovic could play in all four Grand Slams in 2023 after being confirmed by the US government that he will be able to compete in this year’s US Open due to changes in Covid-19 regulations.
The world No. 1 missed last year’s hard-court Grand Slam in Flushing because US entry requirements state that foreign travelers must be vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter the country.
Djokovic was also forced to skip this year’s Sunshine Doubles – the Indian Wells Open and the Miami Open in March – after his application for a special visa to enter the US was rejected, but he will be allowed to compete again on American soil later this year. Changes.
The US government announced on Monday that the Covid-19 vaccine mandate will end on May 11.
«Today, we are announcing that the administration will end the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federal employees, federal contractors, and international air travelers on May 11, the same day that the public health emergency over the virus-19 ends. ,” the White House said in a statement.
The announcement means he can play in the lead-up to the US Open and will no doubt sign up for the Aug. 14-20 Cincinnati Masters, where he can also enter tournaments such as the Atlanta Open. and Washington Open
Earlier this year, Djokovic returned to the Australian Open after missing the tournament last year due to being deported for not being vaccinated. He won the 10th seed at Melbourne Park to move to 22 Grand Slams – beating Rafael Nadal for most Grand Slams by a male player.
Djokovic’s US Open record
The 22-time Grand Slam winner last played at the US Open in 2016. His 2021 runner-up loss to Daniil Medvedev ended his hopes of competing in a calendar grand slam.
Last year, he was kicked out in the fourth round of the tournament because he hit a lineman in the throat with the ball.
The Serbian last won the title in New York in 2011.
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