Novak Djokovic Can Return to the U.S. Open After Government Lifts Vax Requirement
Tennis icon and champion Novak Djokovic will lastly be allowed to return to the U.S. Open this yr after lacking the 2022 event over the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate.
In an e mail shared with reporters on Tuesday, U.S. Tennis Affiliation spokesman Chris Widmaier stated that Djokovic can be welcome on the 2023 U.S. Open in gentle of the Biden administration lifting its vaccine mandate for overseas vacationers.
“Novak Djokovic is a good champion, a fan favourite, and now that the federal authorities has lifted its vaccine necessities for worldwide vacationers, we look ahead to welcoming him again to New York for the 2023 U.S. Open,” stated Chris Widmaier.
As Breitbart Information reported in March, Djokovic had been denied entry into the USA a second time and needed to withdraw from the event at BNP Paribas Open as a result of Biden administration’s persistent vaccine mandate.
The Serbian tennis star, whose solely crime seems to be that he tried to enter the USA legally, had utilized for a waiver of the U.S. authorities’s strict vaccination coverage for all authorized overseas guests however was denied that request though Djokovic has already had Covid.
When information of Djokovic’s waiver denial hit Friday night time, Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) demanded that the Biden administration intervene to grant the waiver. In a letter co-signed by fellow Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R), the pair used Biden’s personal phrases to make a case for granting the waiver. Particularly, they talked about Biden’s interview on 60 Minutes by which he declared the pandemic to be over. As well as, they cited a letter written by Dr. Anthony Fauci the place the previous NIH director wrote of the “restricted efficacy of vaccines in defending towards respiratory pathogens, just like the novel coronavirus.”
The White Home didn’t carry the vaccine mandate till Monday of this week when it stated that the final remaining federal vaccine mandates would disappear come Might 11. The U.S. Open remaining season Grand Slam event won’t be till August in New York.
Djokovic famously confronted deportation from Australia in January 2022 forward of the Australian Open. On the time, he arrived at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport after being granted a medical exemption to compete within the Australian Open, the place he had hoped to earn a “record-breaking twenty first Grand Slam,” in keeping with Reuters. The champion was subsequently denied entry into the nation when the state of Victoria, the place the town of Melbourne is positioned, stated the visa he utilized for didn’t permit for a medical exemption.
Come January of this yr, Djokovic returned to the Australian Open, the place he received his twenty second Grand Slam title, tying with rival Rafael Nadal for many in historical past.
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