Change to Covid vaccine policy allows Novak Djokovic to participate in US Open

Change to Covid vaccine policy allows Novak Djokovic to participate in US Open

After the United States announced that it is lifting its vaccine mandate on international travellers, Novak Djokovic, who is not vaccinated against Covid-19, will be able to play at this year’s US Open. The world number one had previously been barred from entering America but can now return to Flushing Meadows in August, thanks to the change in US policy. A White House statement confirmed that Covid-19 vaccine requirements for Federal employees, Federal contractors, and international air travelers would be terminated on May 11, the same day that the Covid-19 public health emergency ends. Djokovic, who missed both Australian Open and the US Open tournaments in 2022 due to his vaccination status, had unsuccessfully applied for special permission to play in the US last month at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open. However, he competed at this year’s Australian Open and won his latest major singles title, with vaccination against Covid-19 no longer required to enter Australia. Djokovic has won the US Open title three times, in 2011, 2015, and 2018.

Ethan Mitchell is a sports enthusiast with a passion for analyzing and writing about various sports, including basketball, soccer, and tennis. He holds a degree in Sports Management and has been a sports journalist for over six years. When he's not busy covering games, you can find him playing pick-up basketball at his local park.

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