"It doesn't affect my tennis" - Djokovic on Covid-19 controversies

"It doesn't affect my tennis" - Djokovic on Covid-19 controversies

by Jamie Malachy

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says he is hoping for positive news to allow him to play at Indian Wells and the Miami Open next month.

The United States has extended its requirement for international visitors to be vaccinated against Covid-19, meaning that proof of vaccination will still be required to enter the country until at least 10 April. The Serbian has previously said he is unvaccinated and will be unable to enter the States under current legislation.

However, the 35-year-old has applied for special permission to enter the country.

Indian Wells and the Miami Open, two of the biggest events on the tennis calendar outside the Grand Slams, start on 6 and 20 March respectively.

Look, last year I did miss both Indian Wells, Miami and all the US Open swing. So it wouldn’t be the first time if it does happen. I mean, I hope it doesn’t, but that’s all I can do. All I can do is hope at the moment because, you know, my position stays the same. There’s not much else I can do except wish for a positive result.

The US Open is still far away, you know, it’s six months away. So I, I hope that I will be able to be there. I can’t give you any additional answers really to that. You know, US Open is one of the four biggest events in the history of our sport. So, of course, I would love to be there.

Well, I think (that) the recent results in Australia show that it doesn’t affect my tennis much.

Djokovic on whether the controversy regarding his Covid-19 vaccine stance has affected his tennis.


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