Novak Djokovic not competing in US over COVID restrictions would be a ‘disgrace,’ ex-tennis star says

Novak Djokovic superior to the quarterfinal spherical of the Australian Open on Monday after defeating Australia’s personal Alex de Minaur in straight units. 

However because the 21-time Grand Slam champion focuses on extending his file in Melbourne, one match director is considering the hurdles that lie forward.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia waves to the gang after profitable within the fourth spherical singles match towards Alex de Minaur of Australia throughout day eight of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. 
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Former skilled tennis participant and present Indian Wells match director, Tommy Hass, expressed his want Monday that Djokovic would be capable to proceed his season within the U.S. regardless of the present legal guidelines that will hold him from coming into the nation due to his COVID-19 vaccine standing. 

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“If Djokovic stays wholesome, I do not see how he isn’t going to be primary,” Haas instructed reporters, through Reuters.

“Clearly the one downside being that he nonetheless can not come to the U.S. If he does not play Indian Wells and Miami in March (it is going to be robust), they’re alleged to elevate these mandates by mid-April.” 

The U.S. Transportation Safety Administration launched a letter earlier this month stating that restrictions on non-U.S. residents who’re unvaccinated and touring into the U.S. will proceed to be enforced by April 10, 2023. 

Novak Djokovic of Serbia argues with the chair umpire during his second round match against Enzo Couacaud of France at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. 

Novak Djokovic of Serbia argues with the chair umpire throughout his second spherical match towards Enzo Couacaud of France on the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. 
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“It will 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 needs to play, so we must always give him the prospect. Hopefully we will have him there,” Hass continued. 

Djokovic returned to Australia in December for the primary time in a yr after being deported from the nation for not being vaccinated towards COVID-19 — the federal government beforehand lifted its restrictions on unvaccinated vacationers over the summer season. 

Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action during the Davis Cup Finals 2021, Semifinal 1, tennis match played between Croatia and Serbia at Madrid Arena pabilion on December 03, 2021, in Madrid, Spain.  

Novak Djokovic of Serbia in motion throughout the Davis Cup Finals 2021, Semifinal 1, tennis match performed between Croatia and Serbia at Madrid Enviornment pabilion on December 03, 2021, in Madrid, Spain.  
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However Djokvic at present stands to overlook Indian Wells which begins in California on March 9 and the Miami Open starting on March 19. He beforehand missed the U.S. Open final August due to the journey restrictions.

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