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Novak Djokovic faces US Open ban with no plans to relax US immigration rules

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Novak Djokovic ‘faces a US Open ban’ with no plans to relax US immigration rules requiring Covid vaccines for travelers… but Russians ‘will be able to play’ as USTA expects no politically motivated bans

  • Novak Djokovic was kicked out of Australia before the start of the tournament at Melbourne Park in January
  • He said in a later interview that he would refuse to play in future Grand Slams if it means he has to get vaccinated against Covid.
  • US Immigration Still Requires Entering Travelers to Show Proof of Vaccination
  • The 35-year-old now faces the very real possibility of missing out on next year’s first major as well.

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will reportedly be banned from this year’s US Open amid his continued opposition to taking the Covid-19 vaccine.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion was kicked out of Australia a day before the tournament began at Melbourne Park in January this year after Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his discretionary powers to cancel his visa.

But The Telegraph says the Serb will now be banned from Flushing Meadows in August and September, with no plans for the country to relax immigration rules that require travelers to have been vaccinated.

US immigration last week removed the requirement that all incoming passengers return a negative Covid test before boarding a plane, but maintained the need to present proof of vaccination on arrival.

Meanwhile, Djokovic revealed in February, in his first interview since the charade in Australia, that he would refuse to play in future Grand Slams if it means he has to get a Covid vaccination.

The 35-year-old now faces the very real prospect of missing out on next year’s first major as well, with Australia also likely to maintain its vaccination requirements.

Djokovic reached the French Open quarterfinals this year before losing to Rafael Nadal, and is now expected to defend his Wimbledon title as well.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will reportedly be banned from this year’s US Open.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion was kicked out of Australia a day before the Australian Open.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion was kicked out of Australia a day before the Australian Open.

But The Telegraph claims that Serbian is now banned from Flushing Meadows.

But The Telegraph claims that Serbian is now banned from Flushing Meadows.

However, the report adds that the United States Tennis Association is not expected to follow Wimbledon’s approach and ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing in New York.

It furthers the isolation of the All England Clubs on the issue, and the USTA is reportedly keen to avoid enforcing policy-motivated bans.

The report also states that, unlike the UK government’s desire to prevent Russian victories at SW19, there were no instructions from their US counterparts to limit Russian involvement.

A USTA board meeting reportedly heard arguments in favor of following in Wimbledon’s footsteps of a Russian ban, but the ATP and WTA’s stance towards the All England Club is said to have been a factor in its decision to allow the Russians to compete.

Djokovic will be looking to defend his Wimbledon title after losing in the French Open quarterfinals.

Djokovic will be looking to defend his Wimbledon title after losing in the French Open quarterfinals.

The USTA is not expected to follow the Wimbledon approach and ban Russian and Belarusian players like Daniil Mdevedev.

The USTA is not expected to follow the Wimbledon approach and ban Russian and Belarusian players like Daniil Mdevedev.

The two tours said political statements had no place in tennis and described the All England Club’s position as discriminatory as it took ranking points away from Wimbledon, a fate the US Open might also have awaited if they had followed suit. .

But the removal of ranking points hasn’t affected Wimbledon’s prize money, as first-round losers will win £50,000 and champions £2m each as part of a record prize pool of 40, £35 million.

That represents an 11.1 percent increase from last year, which was still affected by the pandemic.

That’s a 5.4 percent increase from 2019, the last year The Championships took place to full-capacity crowds.

Promotes isolation of the All England Clubs on the issue after ranking points were taken away.

Promotes isolation of the All England Clubs on the issue after ranking points were taken away.

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