Novak Djokovic gets US Open 'update' as Covid rules 'revised' before tournament

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Novak Djokovic has received an update on his US Open fate after the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their website and maintained their rule that unvaccinated foreign nationals were still banned from entering the country. It means that the 21-time Grand Slam champion remains unable to compete with the tournament beginning in just four days, while the draw will be made on Thursday.

It is looking increasingly likely that Djokovic will be banned from competing in the upcoming US Open after the CDC updated their website with the current travel restrictions. The web page outlining requirements for foreign nationals entering the country was revised on Wednesday, with those who are unvaccinated still barred from travelling to America.

In the section labelled “Travel Requirements for Non-U.S. Citizen, Non-U.S. Immigrants” the rules state: “You must be fully vaccinated with the primary series of an accepted COVID-19  vaccine to travel to the United States by plane. Only limited exceptions apply.” 

But the three-time US Open champion doesn’t look set to receive an exemption with any exception likely to have been granted a while ago, while the tournament itself confirmed it would be respecting the government’s travel restrictions in a statement released last month. “The US Open does not have a vaccination mandate in place for players, but it will respect the U.S. government’s position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-U.S. citizens,” it read.

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