Tennis great Novak Djokovic has raised questions about the biased vaccination rules in the United States. He said that he found no “medical logic” that only unvaccinated Americans were able to play in the US Open while unvaccinated foreigners were not allowed. The Serbian athlete confirmed that he will never take the COVID-19 vaccine due to which he had to miss several tournaments. This year, he would be playing only 2 grand slam events. The first was the French Open in May and the other one, Wimbledon is currently ongoing.
Novak Djokovic Blames Politics
Novak Djokovic has been allowed to play at Wimbledon because UK does not have certain entry requirements. However, no unvaccinated foreigner can travel to the US as of now. The world no 3 told the media that he heard about many unvaccinated people who were not famous managed to enter the US unofficailly. He also confirmed that he would never try to enter the US if it was not allowed. Speaking about his predicament, Djokovic said he did not understand the medical logic behind allowing unvaccinated Americans and banning unvaccinated foreigners. He suspected that there must be a “political logic” but refrained from speaking further.
Support from American Tennis Star
While Novak Djokovic avoided to debate the US politics in sports, the American Tennis player Tennys Sandgreen did not shy away. He supported Djokovic publically by criticizing his own country’s government. Sandgreen compared the US government to Vogons from Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy. Vogons were a fictional race of aliens responsible for beurocratic destruction of Earth only to construct an intergalactic bypass for an express space route.
The 20-time grand slam champion thanked Sandgreen for public support. Sandgreen is also unvaccinated and has slammed US government multiple times for not changing its “archaic policies”.
Djokovic Wants to Play US Open
Earlier this year, Australia also deported Novak Djokovic for not being vaccinated against COVID-19. He missed out on Australian Open and now he could miss US Open as well. The 35-year-old Tennis star stressed that competing in Grand Slam events was his top priority at this stage of his career. He added that if he did not get a chance this year then “its not the end of the world” as he was focusing on Wimbledon right now. Djokovic has won 2 Wimbledon matches against South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo and Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis. He will now face his countryman Miomir Kecmanović on 1 July 2022.