US Tennis Association Drops Yet Another Shocker on Novak Djokovic With Its Latest Decision

Published 06/15/2022, 5:30 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 19, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his group stage match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Novak Djokovic had to miss out on the opportunity to play for the Australian Open. This would have made him a contender for the 21st grand slam title between him and Rafael Nadal. However, the authorities banned and deported him from Australia over his vaccination.

The player now is still not sure about his status regarding the US Open for which he might appear. This depends on the USA government’s guidelines.


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Will Novak Djokovic be able to play at the US Open?

Novak Djokovic is still not sure about his status, about his participation at the US Open. According to the recent updates, he is still not allowed to take part in any tennis tour held in the USA. This is as per the guidelines of the USA Centers for Disease and Prevention.

CEO of USTA (United States Tennis Association), Lewis Sherr said, “We are going to follow the government and C. D. C directives.” He made it clear that USTA will not be making any exceptions and everything will go as per the country’s official guidelines. However, the status can change by late August when the guidelines officially change.

Hurdles for the Serbian player 

Novak Djokovic could not take part in the tennis tours. For instance, they conducted the Indian Wells and the Miami Open in the country.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 12, 2022 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his second round match against Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina REUTERS/Denis Balibouse TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Moreover, he had competed for the French Open. However, was defeated by the reigning champion, King of Clay, Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

Aim behind the participation at the US Open

The Serbian player has been trying to get past his contemporary rival Rafael Nadal in the score of grand slam titles. However, that will not be possible if the player will not be able to take part in the grand slam titles’ tour.


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The WTA and ATP have stripped Wimbledon off its ranking points and this has led to Djokovic losing his topmost ranking to Daniil Medvedev.

Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Group F – Serbia v Austria – Olympiahalle, Innsbruck, Austria – November 26, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his match against Austria’s Dennis Novak REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Incidentally, Daniil Medvedev is the defending champion of the US Open. Moreover, the US Open has allowed the Russian and Belarusian players to play, unlike Wimbledon.


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Conclusively, the fate of the participation of Novak Djokovic depends on the government guidelines of the USA’s government.



Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. She has pursued her Master's in history from Himachal University, but her love for the game has driven her to write about tennis. Shivali is a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires Osaka not only for her on-court performances, but also for her off-court actions.