Novak Djokovic to miss Indian Wells and Miami Open due to vaccination status

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic could miss the Indian Wells and Miami Open after the USA extended mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for visitors
Novak Djokovic could miss out on Indian Wells and Miami Open
Novak Djokovic could miss out on Indian Wells and Miami Open

(Tennis news) Novak Djokovic could miss out on the Indian Wells and Miami Open after the United States of America has made proof of vaccination mandatory to enter the country until April 10th. The Indian Wells will take place from March 6th to 19th while the Miami Open will be played from March 20th to April 2nd. Djokovic could not participate in the two events last year due to his decision to remain unvaccinated and if the USA decides to extend the rule beyond April 10th, he could potentially miss out on the US Open as well.

Djokovic was deported from Australia last year due to his vaccination status and was initially handed a three year ban from the country, which was waived off in November. He is now set to participate in the Australian Open, an event he has won eight times in the past. The Serbian is currently participating in the Adelaide international and has received a warm welcome from Australian fans as he looks to build momentum before the Grand Slam event. Victory at the Australian Open will mean that he will be level with Rafael Nadal with 22 Grand Slams, the most by any male tennis player in history.

“What happened 12 months ago was not easy to digest for some time but at the same time I had to move on. Those circumstances will not replace what I have lived in Melbourne and in Australia throughout my entire career. So, I come with positive emotions, and I really look forward to playing there.

“It’s been my favourite Grand Slam – the results prove that. What you focus on, you become. If I focus on the negatives, that’s what I’ll attract, so I don’t want to do that. I don’t hold a grudge. I am here to play tennis, to enjoy sports and spread good energy. To see the packed house for my first match was definitely a very pleasant surprise, and lots of support, lots of love.”

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