Novak Djokovic's coach makes Joe Biden plea over US Open ban days after bleak claim

Djokovic looks set to be stopped from competing in the final Grand Slam of the year as the United States refuses entry to unvaccinated travellers. It would be the second time this season the world No 7 finds himself banned from a Major over his vaccine status, and his coach is now hoping Joe Biden can stop a repeat of the Australian Open, where Djokovic’s visa was cancelled twice before he was deported.

Former world No 1-turned-coach Ivanisevic has now admitted: “Maybe Biden will change his mind.” It comes after the 50-year-old Croat claimed he had a better chance of winning next week’s tournament in Umag than his charge did at getting into America for the US Open, saying: “I am more optimistic that I will win Umag if I get an invitation from Tomislav [Poljak, tournament director], than Djokovic will triumph at the US Open.”

But the 2001 Wimbledon champion has since become more optimistic that the restrictions can be relaxed in time for the tournament, adding: “There are a lot of crazy things happening in the world. Every day something changes, every day something new happens.”

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