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Novak Djokovic Repeats No Vaccination Stance As US Open Slips Away | Tennis Information


Novak Djokovic repeated his hardline refusal to get a Covid-19 vaccination Saturday as he resigned himself to sitting out the season’s final Grand Slam on the US Open. Djokovic was deported from Melbourne in January over his single-minded however controversial stance, forcing him to desert an assault on a 10th Australian Open title. With no signal of the US authorities stress-free their rule requiring all guests to be vaccinated, the 35-year-old Djokovic admitted Saturday that Wimbledon, which begins Monday, can be his final Slam of 2022. When requested if he had fully closed his thoughts to getting vaccinated, he was unequivocal.

“Yes,” he stated.

Djokovic was US Open champion in 2011, 2015 and 2018.

He has 20 Slams to his title, two fewer than outdated rival Rafael Nadal.

Final 12 months, defeat within the New York ultimate to Daniil Medvedev robbed him of the chance to turn into the primary man since 1969 to clinch a calendar Grand Slam.

His incapacity to journey to the USA — he already missed the Indian Wells and Miami Masters — will function a key driver as he units his sights on a seventh Wimbledon title.

“As of today I’m not allowed to enter the States under these circumstances. That is an extra motivation to do well here. Hopefully I can have a very good tournament,” stated Djokovic.

“I’d like to go to States. However as of in the present day, that is not potential. There may be not a lot I can do any extra.

“It is actually as much as the US authorities to decide whether or not or not they permit unvaccinated individuals to enter the nation.”

Additionally including gas to the Djokovic hearth is the prospect to win a fourth successive Wimbledon title and be part of a choose group.

Within the Open period, solely Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer have managed to finish such a streak of dominance on the All England Membership.

“As a seven, eight-year-old boy I’ve dreamt of successful Wimbledon and turning into No. 1.,” he added.

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“Pete Sampras successful his first Wimbledon, was the primary tennis match I ever noticed on the TV.”

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