Novak Djokovic on Saturday reiterated his strong refusal to be vaccinated against Covedia 19 as he resigned to sit out the last Grand Slam of the season at the US Open. Djokovic was deported from Melbourne in January for his sudden but controversial stance, which forced him to give up attacking his 10th Australian Open title. Djokovic, 35, admitted on Saturday that Wimbledon, which begins on Monday, would be his last salute in 2022. When asked if he has closed his mind completely. To get vaccinated, he was unclear.
“Yes,” he said.
Djokovic was the US Open champion in 2011, 2015 and 2018.
He has 20 Saleem to his name, two less than old rival Rafael Nadal.
Last year’s defeat to Daniel Medvedev in the New York final deprived him of the chance to become the first person to win a calendar grand slam since 1969.
His inability to travel to the United States – he has already lost the Indian Wells and Miami Masters – will serve as a key driver as he looks forward to his seventh Wimbledon title.
“To this day, I am not allowed to enter the states in these circumstances. This is an additional incentive to perform well here,” Djokovic said.
“I would love to go to the states. But as of today, it’s not possible. There is nothing more I can do.
“It’s really up to the US government to decide whether to allow non-vaccinated people into the country.”
In addition, adding fuel to Djokovic’s fire is a chance to win his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title and join the group.
In the open season, only Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer have managed to complete such a streak of dominance at the All England club.
“As a seven- or eight-year-old boy, I dreamed of winning Wimbledon and becoming No. 1,” he added.
“Pete Sampras won his first Wimbledon, it was the first tennis match I saw on TV.”
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