Novak Djokovic withdrew from the upcoming Montreal cement tournament on Thursday because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and therefore not allowed to enter Canada.
For the same reason, as things currently stand, he too will not be able to compete at the US Open at the end of this month.
Djokovic, a 35-year-old Serbian, said he won’t take the shots, even if it means he can’t participate in certain tournaments. He missed the Australian Open in January after being expelled from that country and had to miss two events in the US earlier this year.
He played at the French Open, where he lost in the quarter-finals to Rafael Nadal, and at Wimbledon, which Djokovic won last month for his 21st Grand Slam title, one behind Nadal’s men’s record.
Unvaccinated foreign nationals are not allowed to go to Canada or the United States, so Djokovic withdrew from Montreal one day before the tournament draw and is expected to miss the US Open, which begins in New York on August 29.
Last weekend, Djokovic posted on social media that he hoped for a chance to play at the US Open, writing, “I am preparing as if I am allowed to compete, as I wait to know if there is room for me to travel. in the United States. fingers crossed!”
After beating Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final on July 10, Djokovic said he “would like” to participate in the last Grand Slam of the year in Flushing Meadows, but also acknowledged: “I’m not going to get vaccinated.”
Djokovic is a three-time champion at the US Open. His defeat to Daniil Medvedev in last year’s final prevented Djokovic from becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win a calendar year Grand Slam.
Oscar Otte also retired from Montreal on Thursday; Kyrgios and Benjamin Bonzi entered the group.
Four wild cards went to three-time major champions Andy Murray, David Goffin, Vasek Pospisil and Alexis Galarneau.
Nadal, who retired from Wimbledon ahead of the semifinals due to an abdominal muscle tear, is still expected to play in Montreal.
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