Fans are not happy about Novak Djokovic‘s apparent US Open status, as the tournament’s official account tweeted out a promotional graphic for the competition without the Serbian tennis star in it – appearing to confirm he wouldn’t be playing in New York.
Speculation has surrounded Djokovic’s availability for the tournament since he won Wimbledon in July, and he expressed his doubts then that he’d be able to hit the New York’s hardcourt due to being unvaccinated for COVID.
Now, those doubts seem to have come to fruition, and supporters of the 21-time Grand Slam champ are none too pleased. I Couldn’t Care Less,’ one account said. ‘IF @DjokerNole Isn’t There I Ain’t Interested.’ ‘Let Novak play or we won’t watching this [circus] show,’ another one said.
‘You are missing the biggest [tennis star] Mr Novak Djokovic!,’ a third fan said. ‘I’ll pass, it’s all rigged anyway.’
Although the US Open does not have a vaccine mandate, it said last month that it would respect the government’s rules on vaccination, which say that non-citizens must be jabbed to enter the country.
‘I’m not vaccinated and I’m not planning to get vaccinated so the only good news I can have is them removing the mandated green vaccine card or whatever you call it to enter United States or exemption,’ Djokovic said after beating Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final according to ESPN.
Djokovic also sat out the Australian Open, after travelling to the country intending to play in January but having his visa revoked over the country’s vaccination rules.