Djokovic Hopeful He Can Compete at U.S. Open

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Novak Djokovic said he is preparing for the U.S. Open as if he will be allowed to compete at the hardcourt major, despite his refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Earlier this month, the 35-year-old was included in the entry list for the Aug. 29-Sept. 11 Grand Slam in New York.

“I am preparing as if I will be allowed to compete, while I await to hear if there is any room for me to travel to U.S.,” Djokovic said in a post on Instagram along with a video of him practising.

More than 43,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to work with the U.S. government to allow 21-times major champion Djokovic to compete in the U.S. Open.

The Serbian later said https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/not-anti-vax-wont-be-forced-take-covid-19-jab-says-djokovic-2022-02-15 he was prepared to miss Grand Slam tournaments rather than take the COVID-19 vaccine.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

 

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