Novak Djokovic Set for US Open Comeback as Covid Restrictions Lift

Novak Djokovic Set for US Open Comeback as Covid Restrictions Lift

by Zachary Wimer

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After a long-awaited resolution, tennis superstar Novak Djokovic will finally grace the courts of the US Open this year.

After the US Senate's decision to end the Covid public health emergency, it's clear that the three-time champion in Flushing Meadows will try to add his fourth, per the Serbian publication Telegraf, who came with the news.

This move clears the path for the unvaccinated Serbian to participate in the prestigious Grand Slam tournament. The lifting of restrictions marks a significant change, allowing unvaccinated foreigners to enter the United States and in the case of the current world no. 2, compete in the tournament.

Djokovic, who previously opted not to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, was unable to participate in last year's event. In his absence, Spanish prodigy Carlos Alcaraz seized the opportunity to clinch his first-ever Grand Slam title and later become the youngest man in tennis history to become the world no. 1.

Only a week ago, the Spaniard reclaimed his spot after Djokovic wasn't able to travel to the United States for ATP 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami. With the US Open now on his schedule, Djokovic has set his sights on an action-packed calendar leading up to the highly-anticipated event.

Before heading to New York, the 22-time Grand Slam champion will showcase his talents in Monte Carlo and Banja Luka, followed by an appearance in Rome prior to the Roland Garros, where he will challenge Rafael Nadal for the 23rd major title, as both players are now tied at 22.

Although Djokovic's participation in the Madrid Open remains uncertain, his decision to skip Indian Wells and Miami hints at the possibility of him competing at the event as he also currently appears on the entry list.

Nonetheless, the news about the Serbian being able to enter the United States are good news not only for him, but also for the tennis world, given the growing rivalry between Djokovic and Alcaraz.


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