Novak Djokovic: ‘Disgrace’ if Serbian tennis star not allowed to enter US and compete, says Haas



Reuters
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Novak Djokovic might finish the yr because the world’s top-ranked participant however it could be a “shame” if his chances are high affected by not having the ability to compete in the US because of his unvaccinated standing, Indian Wells match director Tommy Haas stated.

Djokovic missed final yr’s Australian Open and was deported from the nation because of being unvaccinated in opposition to COVID.

His three-year visa ban was overturned in November and he’s again on the Grand Slam seeking to win a tenth crown and twenty second main.

The Serbian was, nonetheless, not capable of journey to New York for the 2022 US Open with out proof of vaccination, the identical cause that compelled him to skip ATP 1000 occasions at Indian Wells and Miami earlier within the yr.

U.S. authorities stated this month the requirement for international air vacationers to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID could be in place till a minimum of April 10, which means Djokovic will miss out on Indian Wells and Miami once more.

Haas, additionally a former world quantity two participant, stated he hoped the principles could be relaxed sooner to permit Djokovic to compete.

“If Djokovic stays wholesome, I don’t see how he’s not going to be primary,” Haas instructed reporters at Melbourne Park on Monday.

“Clearly the one downside being that he nonetheless can’t come to the U.S. If he doesn’t play Indian Wells and Miami in March (it will likely be powerful), they’re presupposed to elevate these mandates by mid-April.

“It might be good to see if we might possibly elevate these a little bit earlier and have him come to play Indian Wells and Miami. I believe he desires to play, so we should always give him the possibility. Hopefully we will have him there.

“I imply, it could be a shame in my eyes if he wasn’t coming to those occasions, or not allowed to return.”

Haas added Indian Wells organizers would do “every little thing” to assist Djokovic’s probabilities of enjoying there.

Indian Wells runs from March 8-19 and the Miami Open from March 22-April 2.

The 35-year-old has beforehand said he would miss Grand Slams reasonably than have a COVID vaccine.