It hasn’t exactly been the week of Novak Djokovic. Novak Djokovic withdrew from the Indian Wells Masters tournament on Monday. The deregistration of the number one in the world seems to mean that he will not be able to enter the United States again, although that has not yet been confirmed. Djokovic asked permission from the US authorities last month to travel. The 35-year-old Serb has not been vaccinated against corona, while a vaccination is mandatory to travel to the US.
It now appears that Djokovic’s request has been rejected. If he is not allowed to travel, it means that he will also have to miss the Miami tournament. Djokovic has not yet made himself heard. Djokovic recently received support from the American tennis association USTA and the organization of the US Open. Both authorities expressed the hope that the 22-time Grand Slam winner would simply be allowed to travel.
At the beginning of this year, Djokovic took his 22nd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, equaling record holder Rafael Nadal. The Serbian won the prestigious tournaments of Indian Wells and Miami each five times. On Friday, Djokovic suffered a defeat for the first time since November. In the semifinals of the ATP tournament in Dubai, he had to recognize his superior in Daniil Medvedev.
Tommy Haas reacts for Indian Wells
Indian Wells Tournament director Tommy Haas has no understanding at all that Novak Djokovic cannot participate in the Indian Wells Masters tournament this week. The number one in the world is still not allowed to enter the United States because he has not been vaccinated against corona. “It’s very disappointing. I think America is the only country that still has restrictions that you can’t enter the country if you’re not vaccinated,” said Haas shortly after the start of ‘his’ Masters tournament.