Novak Djokovic denied entry into US, out of the Indian Wells and Miami Masters

The CDC doesn't approve Novak Djokovic's entry into the country as a result of which he will miss the Sunshine Double.

Novak Djoković
Novak Djoković

Things haven’t been ideal for Novak Djokovic since the start of the 2022 season. Given his unvaccinated status, he was denied entry into Australia and hence wasn’t able to defend his Australian Open title. He later took a firm stand and said that he won’t get vaccinated even if that means he’d have to skip major tournaments.

He played his first match on tour at the Dubai Tennis Championships where he lost to Czech qualifier Jiri Vesely in the quarterfinals. He was then named on the entry list of both Indian Wells and Miami Masters and to everyone’s shock, he was also drafted in the Indian Wells draw as the second seed, subject to CDC’s approval.

But as expected, the CDC didn’t approve Djokovic’s entry into the country and hence he was forced to withdraw from the Sunshine Double. The 20-time grand slam champion took to social media to reveal that he knew that he’d be unlikely to travel when he was listed in Indian Wells’ draw.

“While I was automatically listed in the @BNPPARIBASOPEN and @MiamiOpen draw I knew it would be unlikely I’d be able to travel,” Djokovic wrote.

Djokovic added that the CDC has confirmed that regulations won’t be changing for him and hence he won’t be able to play the Sunshine Double. He also wished well to the other players playing in the US.

“The CDC has confirmed that regulations won’t be changing so I won’t be able to play in the US. Good luck to those playing in these great tournaments,” he said.

Novak Djokovic likely to return at the Monte Carlo Masters

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Up next, Djokovic is expected to begin his clay-court season at the Monte Carlo Masters. Being a resident of Monte Carlo, it was almost certain that he would be allowed to play the tournament and after France’s new COVID regulations, it is almost certain that the Serb will play at Monte Carlo and eventually the French Open too.

In the 2021 Monte Carlo Masters, Djokovic lost in the third round to Dan Evans and hence has a chance to make a lot of points this year in Monaco.

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