Novak Djokovic handed biggest US Open blow yet as Grand Slam releases statement

Djokovic looks set to be banned from a Grand Slam over his vaccine status for the second time this year. With the US Open less than six weeks away, American travel restrictions still ban unvaccinated foreign nationals from entering the country meaning the world No 7 will be stopped from travelling to compete unless the rules change.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion was the centre of a debacle in Australia back in January when he arrived to the country with a medical exemption granted by the Aussie Open and had his visa cancelled twice before being deported on the eve of the tournament. And in a new statement, the US Open has now confirmed they will not be following the Australian Open in trying to get around the government’s rules, leaving the Serb with little hope of an exemption.

After the former world No 1 appeared on the US Open’s entry list yesterday, the tournament confirmed this was just a standard procedure as they also hit back at claims they were behind the potential ban on Djokovic before confirming they would follow government guidelines. “Per the Grand Slam Rule Book, all eligible players are automatically entered into the men’s and women’s singles main draw fields based on ranking 42 days prior to the first Monday of the event,” the statement read.

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