Novak Djokovic.Photo/Tennis Infinity.
World number one men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic will now be able to play at this year’s US Open after the US confirmed international travellers will no longer need to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
The 22-time Grand Slam winner, now 35, was forced to miss last year’s tournament because of his vaccination status.
He also missed the past two Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami.
But US policy will change which is scheduled to come up May 12, should allow the Serb return to Flushing Meadows in August.
Despite applying for special permission to enter the United States, Djokovic withdrew from Indian Wells in March because he was still unable to enter the country.
The last Grand Slam he won the Australian Open back in January, a year after he was deported from the country on the eve of the 2022 tournament because he had not been vaccinated.
Although injury has kept him out of the ongoing Madrid Open, Djokovic is due to begin his bid for an overall men’s record 23rd Grand Slam title at the French Open later this month.
Writing by Tersoo Nicholas