Novak Djokovic says he remains hopeful of being cleared to play US Open in August

US Open: Novak Djokovic still hopes to play in New York despite strict entry rules for unvaccinated

Novak Djokovic said he remains hopeful of being cleared to play at the US Open when it starts in late August, despite not being vaccinated against Covid-19.

The unvaccinated tennis star was kicked out of Australia ahead of the Melbourne Slam in January after the government ruled he broke strict Covid-19 regulations and failed with a legal challenge.

And the 35-year-old could face a repeat at Flushing Meadows, but he insisted he was preparing to play the US Open which starts next month.

Current rules require non-US citizens to present proof that they are fully vaccinated before entering the country by air from a foreign country. He would need an exemption to play.

And Djokovic said on social media on Saturday that he would be ready to leave if he got the deal. The Serbian’s name appears on the entry list for the US Open, which will be held from August 29 to September 11 in New York.

“I am preparing as if I will be allowed to compete, waiting to find out if there is room for me to travel to the United States,” Djokovic wrote.

‘Crossed fingers!’

The Serbian proved he was preparing and he posted a video on his Instagram of him training.

Fans had shown their support for the tennis star on social media earlier this week with #LetNovakPlay.

Novak Djokovic says he remains hopeful of being cleared to play US Open in August

The Serb shared a video of him training on Instagram as he thanked the fans for their support

The Serb shared a video of him training on Instagram as he thanked the fans for their support

Fans thanked Djokovic for being a role model and praised him for sticking to his principles.

One posted: “With failing politicians and personalities around the world, our children look up to examples like you in sport…your principles and what you stand for and what you sacrificed makes you the hero of this whole charade… thank you.”

Another wrote: ‘He will be remembered for more than the sport he mastered. His actions in favor of freedom of choice will go down in history.

Another claimed the world would wait for the decision, saying the country would become a laughing stock if the United States denied Djokovic entry.

The tennis star is not vaccinated against Covid-19 and would need an exemption to enter the United States

The tennis star is not vaccinated against Covid-19 and would need an exemption to enter the United States

Fans shared their support for the 21-time Grand Slam winner on social media this week

Fans shared their support for the 21-time Grand Slam winner on social media this week

They said: “The whole world will be watching to see if the United States denies one of the healthiest and fittest athletes ever to play at the worlds and mandatory #LetNovakPlay @usopen

“They will become an even bigger laughingstock if they deny it; @SecBlinken @POTUS @CDCgov @CDCDirector @USCIS’

Meanwhile, one fan wrote: “Not only are you one of the best players of all time, but you have shown that you are a human being who believes his decisions should be, no less.”

“The facts come out thick and fast. As each day passes. This proves that you have 100 made the right choice. Well done sir.

Another insisted that Djokovic had provided the sport with many entertaining moments and fans should thank him for their support.

They shared, “You have given us so many joys, beautiful feelings and satisfactions, that the least we can do for you is to wish you the best. And thank you for your words… idemo Nole.’

A fan insisted that Djokovic had provided the sport with many entertaining moments

A fan insisted that Djokovic had provided the sport with many entertaining moments

By Saturday morning, nearly 45,000 people had signed a petition to allow him to play

By Saturday morning, nearly 45,000 people had signed a petition to allow him to play

By Saturday morning, nearly 45,000 people had signed a Change.org petition asking the US Tennis Association and the federal government to reach an agreement that 21-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic would be allowed to play.

The USTA said it would abide by federal rules and not seek an exemption for any player, even a three-time champion like Djokovic.

He also thanked fans for their support, which no doubt includes their participation in a petition campaign.

“Just wanted to take a moment and tell you all how grateful I am to see so many messages of support and love from around the world these days,” he wrote to fans.

The 35-year-old said it was

The 35-year-old said it was “special” that the fans wanted him to take part in the tournament.

“It’s special that people connect with my tennis career in such a loving and supportive way and want me to continue competing.”

Djokovic was barred from playing at the Australian Open in January due to his refusal to get vaccinated. He lost to rival Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in May, then beat Nick Kyrgios to win Wimbledon in July.

European media reported this week that the Serbian-American Voting Alliance had sent a letter to President Joe Biden, asking him to intervene to allow Djokovic to play.

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