Novak Djokovic is poised to overlook the US Open subsequent month except the world No. 7 modifications his stance and will get a Covid vaccination. On Wednesday america Tennis Affiliation confirmed that it will not search particular compensation for Djokovic, respecting the federal authorities mandate barring entry for all non-US residents who haven’t been vaccinated.
It will mark the second Gram Slam of 2022 that Djokovic has missed resulting from his vaccination standing, together with the Australian Open which precipitated furor again in January when the reigning champion lied about his vaccination standing on border management paperwork, earlier than being deported and barred from re-entry for 3 years.
Whereas Djokovic has had latest success, most notably successful Wimbledon earlier this month, even that occasion had an asterisk hooked up. World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev was blocked from competing because of the match’s ban on Russian athletes, and Medvedev beat Djokovic on the Dubai Open in February to assert the No. 1 spot. In some ways the US Open set the stage to really settle the “finest on the earth” argument between the 2 — now that gained’t occur.
Actually, when it comes right down to it, forgive the pun, however the ball is in Djokovic’s courtroom. He’s remained resolute that he won’t obtain a Covid vaccination. Citing dangerous science, conspiracy concept about infertility, he stays hellbent on arguing that he’s immune resulting from beforehand contracting the virus. This comes regardless of mountains of proof that the Omicron BA.5 variant, presently main the world in infections, is immune-evasive — which has led to a proliferation in reinfections.
With each the US Open and Djokovic digging of their heels, all indicators level to him lacking the Grand Slam this 12 months. The match is just not following in Wimbledon’s footsteps, as a substitute permitting Russian gamers to compete — successfully making this Medvedev’s match to lose within the males’s draw.