Just hours after winning his fourth straight title at Wimbledon with a four-set victory over Nick Kyrgios, Novak Djokovic confirmed he has no plans to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and will not be playing the U.S. Open unless the restrictions to enter the country are eased or he is given a medical exemption.
“I’m not vaccinated and I’m not planning to get vaccinated so the only good news I can have is them removing the mandated green vaccine card or whatever you call it to enter United States or exemption,” Djokovic said Sunday. “I don’t know. I don’t think exemption is realistically possible. If that is a possibility, I don’t know what exemption would be about.”
Having won all three of the first majors in 2021, Djokovic’s bid for the elusive Calendar Grand Slam was spoiled by Daniil Medvedev in last year’s U.S. Open final. He was then unable to play at the Australian Open to begin this year after being deported from the country,