Novak Djokovic will compete Unvaccinated after Indiana Wells

Novak Djokovic Will Play Unvaccinated
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Novak Djokovic intends to stay unvaccinated and avoid tournaments that require vaccination. But has been granted permission to compete in the Rome Masters, a French Open warm-up event. After admitting he wouldn’t be able to compete in the ‘Sunshine Double’ of Masters 1000 tournaments in the United States next month, the player received some good news.

Djokovic has only just started his 2022 season in the Dubai Open after being deported from Australia last month. The nine-time Aussie Open champion arrived in Melbourne with a medical exemption to compete in the event. But he had his visa canceled twice before he was ultimately deported over the assumption his presence in the country would excite anti-vax sentiment.

He later gave an in-depth interview to the BBC admitting he would miss the likes of Wimbledon and the French Open if they required full vaccination. He thinks that his beliefs were more important.

“As of today, not. I can’t go, can’t enter the United States. As of today, I’m not able to play,” Djokovic said, “But let’s see what happens. I mean, maybe things change in the next few weeks.”

However, if he remains unvaccinated, the world No. 1 will struggle to play a full season. He has already stated that he will be unable to enter the United States for the forthcoming Masters 1000. Despite being on the Indian Wells entrance list, the Serb said he would not be able to compete when the tournament begins in early March. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is still limited in the tournaments he can enter and will likely have a curtailed schedule this season. But he has one event in mind after being cleared to compete.

Officials from the Italian authorities have already verified that Novak Djokovic will be able to compete in the Italian Open in May. The 1000-point clay-court tournament, along with Monte Carlo and Madrid, is one of three Masters tournaments hosted in the lead-up to Roland Garro. The Monte Carlo tournament director already conceded that despite living in Monaco, the Serb may be unable to play unvaccinated.

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Italy’s cabinet undersecretary for sports said last week that Djokovic may play the Italian Open. Even if he wouldn’t be permitted to stay in a hotel due to current Covid limitations. However, Djokovic’s participation in the tournament may not be without controversy. Vezzali’s statements have already received criticism before the No. 1 has even been able to announce his participation.

The president of the Italian Olympic Committee said that he had received a barrage of angry emails. He also told Italian television RAI that it “certainly wouldn’t be acceptable” for last year’s runner-up to compete.

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