Novak Djokovic US Open exemption addressed as organisers' email comes to light

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Djokovic waited until just before the draw to see if there was any chance he would be granted an exemption before pulling out on Thursday afternoon. 

Taking to Twitter, Djokovic wrote: “Sadly, I will not be able to travel to NY this time for US Open. Thank you #NoleFam for your messages of love and support. Good luck to my fellow players! I’ll keep in good shape and positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to compete again. See you soon tennis world!”

Sandgren had said in an interview with L’Equipe: “Honestly, I didn’t think it would make a difference to Novak. But I thought maybe the US Open and the USTA would use this information to fight or appeal. 

“That the US Open doesn’t have a say or can’t communicate with the health authorities to help make decisions is ridiculous: this is an absolutely huge event for the state and city of New York. They have influence. I don’t know if it would have been enough, we’ll never know: they didn’t even try!”

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