Tennis player Novak Djokovic will not participate in the US OPEN to be held in New York, United States, from August 29 to September 11 for not being vaccinated against COVID-19. This has been confirmed through social networks, in a message in which he also thanked his followers for their support and wished his teammates luck who will participate in the championship.
“Unfortunately, this time I will not be able to travel to New York for the US Open. Thank you for your messages of love and support. Good luck to my fellow players! I will keep myself in good shape and with a positive spirit and look forward to the opportunity to compete again. See you soon, world of tennis!, has written on his Twitter account.
The North American country requires that non-US citizens and non-residents who enter the territory present proof of vaccination at immigration control.
In January, the tennis player was involved in controversy after the Australian Government revoked his visa after analyzing his travel declaration that he sent with a medical exemption for not having been vaccinated. The Australian Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke, justified the cancellation of the visa “for reasons of health and order” and “on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so”.
The authorities also investigated a lie by the number one in the world in an entry document to Australia, where he assured that he had not visited any third country in the previous two weeks. Specifically, he checked the “no” box within the travel declaration in the question of whether he had made any trip during the 14 days prior to arrival in the country and then acknowledged that there had been “human errors” in those documents by your agent. The tennis player spent Christmas in Belgrade and then moved to Spain, where he trained and from where he boarded a plane on January 4 with transit in Dubai and final destination Melbourne.
In a statement, the tennis player also acknowledged having attended an interview when he was infected with COVID-19 because he felt “obliged” to “not leave the journalist lying around.” “When I returned home I isolated myself and reflected. I made an error in judgment and I admit that I had to postpone the appointment, ”said the athlete on that occasion.