Novak Djokovic: World’s number one tennis player to miss Miami Open due to vaccination status


The world’s high males’s tennis participant Novak Djokovic will miss the Miami Open subsequent week, after being denied entry to america as a result of he’s unvaccinated towards Covid-19, event director James Blake introduced on Friday.

The USA nonetheless requires worldwide guests to be vaccinated towards Covid-19, and the Serbian, who has beforehand confirmed that he stays unvaccinated, had utilized for particular permission to enter the nation forward of the event.

“We tried to get Novak Djokovic to be allowed to get an exemption, however that wasn’t in a position to occur,” Blake stated in an interview with the Tennis Channel.

“Clearly, we’re one of many premier tournaments on the earth, we’d wish to have the most effective gamers that may play. We did all that we might. We tried to speak to the federal government, however that’s out of our arms.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated earlier this month he would “run a ship from the Bahamas” for Djokovic to compete within the Miami Open tennis event.

DeSantis known as on US President Joe Biden to drop the vaccine requirement for worldwide vacationers so the 22-time grand slam champion would be capable of compete.

The 35-year-old Djokovic has missed a number of different tournaments due to his vaccination standing. Earlier this month, Djokovic withdrew from the continuing BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in California because of being denied the exemption. Final 12 months, he missed Indian Wells, the Miami Open and all of the tournaments included within the US Open swing.

The Miami Open’s fundamental draw play begins March 22 and and the event ends April 2.