Novak Djokovic Banned From Playing at U.S. Open

As of now, he won't be able to return for back-to-back majors in the 2022 U.S. Open starting next month.

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Djokovic cannot enter the U.S. because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19 and has been excluded from Australia due to the same reason.

Djokovic was a top contender for the U.S. Open, John McEnroe suggests that he should be allowed to return and compete; he also criticized the rule on ESPN this morning after Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios in a truly enthralling Wimbledon final.

“These politicians are getting in the way too much,” McEnroe commented. “They did it in Australia. Let’s let the guy come in and play in the U.S. I mean, come on. This is ridiculous.”

McEnroe's brother Patrick also made his thoughts known on Djokovic not being able to compete at the U.S. Open - he said that: “Whatever you think the government should or should not do, it’s a bummer for tennis.”

Djokovic says he'll stick to his guns and not get the vaccine before Wimbledon because he’s 100% committed to playing at the U.S. Open, which he last won in 2018. However, he lost to Daniil Medvedev in last year's U.S. Open.

“I would love to go to States. But as of today, that’s not possible,” Djokovic said on June 25. “There is not much I can do anymore. I mean, it’s really up to the U.S. government to make a decision whether or not they allow unvaccinated people to go into the country.”