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Djokovic set to miss key US tournaments

Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic is set to miss Indian Wells and the Miami Open after the United States extended its requirement for international visitors to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Proof of vaccination will be required to enter the country until at least April 10, but Djokovic has previously said he is unvaccinated.

Indian Wells and the Miami Open are two of the most prestigious tournaments on the tennis calendar outside the Grand Slams which starts on 6 and 20 March respectively.

Former world number one Djokovic, now 35, is currently in Australia 2 months after he was deported from the country before the Australian Open because of his vaccination status.

Australia dropped its vaccine requirements in July of last year and Djokovic’s three-year visa ban was overturned in November.

Djokovic is a nine-time champion in Melbourne and is just one Grand Slam title shy of Rafael Nadal’s men’s singles record of 22.

The Australian open is set to on January 6.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas