Casper Ruud feels like Novak Djokovic was banned from the Indian Wells Masters because of a silly reason as he doesn't feel threatened by an unvaccinated player.
The pandemic is all but over and while there are still cases, it's become an afterthought in many people's minds. Most vaccinated people have lost that immunity since then and essentially all players attending the Indian Wells Masters are without any sort of immunity against the virus even if they were vaccinated at one point in time.
According to the Norwegian, there was no reason to keep Djokovic from entering the country and Ruud would not have felt unsafe if Djokovic had been in Indian Wells. He didn't want to say whether it was fair or not but he did call the rule silly in a talk with Eurosport.
Yeah, I mean, it's not up to me to say whether it's fair or not. I think the rule is silly if he's not a threat to the community at all at this stage whether or not he's vaccinated, so that's something that I can say. It's a bit sort of childish because the rule changes in a couple of weeks so they couldn't might as well change it already.
The Norwegian added that in the end rules are rules and people and players must obey the rules that are in place. Doesn't matter how one feels about it, rules need to be obeyed.
But rules are rules and I'm sure they have tried everything that they can. With the context that Novak has, I'm sure that everything has been tried, and it hasn't been possible.
"In general, the country has sort of banned unvaccinated until in around a month, I think they will open the ban or something so it is a bit silly if you ask me but it's fair or not, I don't know. Like I said, I wouldn't have felt threatened by Novak if he was here and he was unvaccinated."