Novak Djokovic has conceded defeat in his bid to qualify for the US Open.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion, who won three times at Flushing Meadows, hoped the US would change long-standing rules to allow noncitizens without a coronavirus vaccine to enter.
The Wimbledon champion, who was also banned from playing at the Australian Open for his anti-vaccination stance, said he was “waiting for good news from America” after his success at SW19 in July.
Unfortunately, I can’t go to New York this time for the US Open.thank you very much #Norefham for your message of love and support. ❤️ Good luck to all players! Stay fit and positive and look forward to the opportunity to compete again. 💪🏼 See you again at Tennis World! 👋🏼
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) August 25, 2022
So despite not being in the country, he remained on the entry list for the tournament starting Monday, but has now declined.
He tweeted, “Unfortunately I won’t be able to go to NYC for the US Open at this time. Thank you #NoleFam for your messages of love and support.
“Good luck to my fellow players! Stay fit and positive and wait for the opportunity to compete again. See you in Tennis World!”
With Rafael Nadal aiming for 22 Grand Slam titles, the absence of the Serbian player is an advantage, while world No. 1 and defending champion Daniil Medvedev also has a smoother road ahead.
The draw for the final Grand Slam of the year will take place on Thursday in New York.