Russians and Belarusians allowed to play, but not Djokovic?

The organizers of the US Open announced on Tuesday that Russian and Belarusian players would be allowed to play in the tournament, unlike Wimbledon. On the other hand, players not vaccinated against covid could be banned, according to The Telegraph. Novak could therefore be deprived of the last Grand Slam of the year.

Press release from the organizers of the US Open:

“The USTA (American Tennis Federation, editor’s note) will allow individual athletes from Russia and Belarus to participate in the US Open 2022, but only under a neutral flag. Alongside the other Grand Slam tournaments, the ITF, ATP and WTA, the USTA, which owns and operates the US Open, has previously condemned and continues to condemn the unprovoked and unjust invasion of the Ukraine by Russia. The USTA, alongside these other tennis entities, supported the banning of the Russian and Belarusian Tennis Federations from the ITF, and therefore from all international team competitions, and the directive for players from these countries to play under a neutral flag when competing outside of international team competitions.

We recognize that each organization has had to deal with unique circumstances that influence its decisions. Based on our own circumstances, the USTA will allow all eligible players, regardless of nationality, to participate in the US Open 2022. The USTA will work with players and both tours to use the US Open as platform to continue the humanitarian effort of the “Tennis Plays for Peace” program. In addition, the USTA will introduce a broad and comprehensive set of initiatives to amplify existing Ukrainian humanitarian efforts, including pledging significant financial support, details of which will be announced shortly. »

No Djokovic in New York?

If Dannil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev or even Aryna Sabalenka will be well in New York, this could not however be the case for Novak Djokovic. According The Telegraphthe United States, which no longer requires a mandatory negative test to enter its territory, does not intend to abolish the vaccination obligation. As had already been the case in March for the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami, the Serb should therefore be forced to give up the last Grand Slam tournament of the year.. Unless he decides to get vaccinated by then, but it’s hard to imagine, since the ban on playing the Australian Open in January was not a sufficient reason for him to get vaccinated. . Wimbledon will therefore be his last opportunity of the year to win a 21st Grand Slam and thus come back one step behind Rafael Nadal…

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