The US Open has hinted that Novak Djokovic will not be able to enter the country and compete in the tournament after providing an update on his Covid protocols. Organizers plan to implement health and safety measures at the two-week event and have reminded overseas fans that they will not be able to enter the country without proof of vaccination.
Djokovic faces an anxious wait to find out whether the US government will ease travel restrictions in time for him to compete in the US Open, which is just eight days away. As time goes by, the tournament has yet to provide an update on the three-time champion’s situation, but organizers have now revealed they will be implementing a number of Covid-related protocols.
Although the measures have not yet been announced, the tournament website has been updated with information regarding the Covid restrictions and fans traveling from abroad to attend the US Open have been warned that they will need to be fully vaccinated to enter the country. “At this time, ticket holders will not be required to show proof of COVID vaccination for admission to the US Open,” a statement on their website read.
“However, please note that if you are traveling from abroad to attend the US Open, you must be fully vaccinated with the primary series of an accepted COVID vaccine to travel to the United States (this applies to non-citizens). Americans and/or non-American immigrants) With the tournament to warn unvaccinated fans from overseas, this indicates that they expect the restrictions to remain for the tournament – also subjecting players to entry requirements of the government.
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In the same part of the website, the tournament also does not exclude adding its own additional measures for the American players who will participate. Under an FAQ question titled: “Will players need to be vaccinated?” the tournament said: “COVID health and safety protocols for players (including any vaccination and/or testing requirements) are being evaluated and will be established at a later date, taking into account guidelines of the United States, the State of New York and the government of New York. and health authorities.
This means players could face a last-minute mandate to test during the tournament or require vaccination to compete, while on-site staff, including the media, are already required to provide proof of vaccination. And the tournament released another statement revealing that it would be implementing additional health and safety protocols during the fortnight, which would be outlined at a later date.
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“Our goal is to ensure that your experience in 2022 is both enjoyable and safe,” organizers said. “We will continue to follow CDC, New York State, and New York City COVID-related guidance and advice and advice from our medical consultants to establish and implement health and safety protocols. for the US Open 2022. We will share more details on specific US Open health and safety protocols as they become available.
Djokovic remains on the entry list for the US Open and has not yet withdrawn, with the world No. 6 having to wait until the last possible moment in case travel restrictions are eased by the government in time for him to arrive in the country to compete. . But given the latest tournament updates, that could be bad news for the 21-time Major champion.