‘Pretty Shameful’ – American Star Extends Immense Support for Novak Djokovic After His Possible US Open Ban

Published 06/17/2022, 11:38 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Dubai Tennis Championships – The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 24, 2022 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic waves to the crowd after he loses his quarter final match against Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

American player Tennys Sandgren has come out in defense of Novak Djokovic. The 30-year-old Sangren made his way into the Top 50 of the ATP rankings during a stunning 2019 season on Tour.

Moreover, Sangren has been vocal on social media voicing his opinions from time to time. This time, he has hit out at US Open organizers after a controversial ruling.


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Sandgren defends Djokovic after US Open controversy

The American was surprised after the United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced that unvaccinated players will not be allowed to participate. This could mean that the three-time US Open champion Novak Djokovic could sit out for a second Grand Slam this season.

In a tweet, Sandgren expressed his opinion as he wrote, “Pretty shameful that the USTA won’t fight for an exemption for Novak.”

No surprise the government hasn’t changed it’s archaic policy. I can play but he can’t? Ridiculous,” Sandgren added. Djokovic did not participate at the Australian Open earlier in January this year. The Serb was deported from the country due to his vaccination stance.


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The former World No. 1 is going through a lackluster 2022 as he won a solitary title in Rome. He has also dropped to No. 3 in the rankings, and is struggling to replicate the consistency from last season, where he won three out of four Grand Slams.

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic departs from the Park Hotel government detention facility before attending a court hearing at his lawyers office in Melbourne, Australia, January 16, 2022. AAP Image/James Ross via REUTERS

With Wimbledon not having any ranking points, it could be a while before the Serb could challenge for the top. However, this will not stop him from closing the gap on long-time rival Rafael Nadal, who is coming off the back of a 22nd Grand Slam title at Roland Garros.


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Mario Fernandes

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Mario Fernandes is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his graduation in Mathematics, followed by a Post Graduation Diploma in Journalism. Mario has been a sportsman and a sports fan from a very young age and has represented his school and college in sports like soccer, tennis, and cricket at the district level.