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Djokovic set for US Open as COVID vaccine requirements to end in May

Updated: Feb 10, 2023

US President Joe Biden has told Congress that he will end the twin national emergencies for addressing

COVID-19 on May 11, enabling Novak Djokovic to enter the United States for the year's final major in New York.

The probability of Novak Djokovic competing at the US Open later this year has soared after the United States announced the ending of the two national emergencies for addressing COVID-19 on May 11, almost three years after former President Donald Trump moved to restrict entry into the country in order to curb the spread of the virus.

As a result of the change of stance from the U.S. government, Djokovic, who has just returned to the top of the ATP tennis rankings after securing his tenth Australian Open crown, will be able to compete at the Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati in August, as well as the US Open that follows shortly after.

It still appears certain that Djokovic will be unable to play in the upcoming sunshine double tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami due to his COVID-19 vaccine status.

The 22-time Slam winner has won the US Open on three occasions, the last of which came in 2018.

It now seems likely that Djokovic will be able to compete in all four Slams this year, having missed out on two last year due to his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID.

The Serb is currently tied with Rafael Nadal in the number of Grand Slams won.


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