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Thursday, August 11, 2022

US Open: Williams and Djokovic are on the list, but they are doubtful

Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic were included in the official US Open entry list released on Wednesday. It doesn’t mean that they will play tournaments.

In Djokovic’s case, the Serbian may be left out for the time being because he has not been vaccinated for COVID-19.

The list of singles draws is a formality and includes tennis players who are eligible according to their ranking in the ATP and WTA. Williams appears on the list due to a special ranking as he has been out for a long time due to injury. Just last month she played her first match of the year and lost to French Harmony Tan in the first round of Wimbledon.

After the loss, he was asked if he would play again. Williams, 40, said she wasn’t sure. When asked directly about the US Open, where she has won six of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Williams replied: “There’s definitely a lot of motivation to get better and play at home.”

He missed the hard court tournament in New York last year at Wimbledon due to a leg injury. Williams has reached the semi-finals in her last 11 appearances at Flushing Meadows.

Djokovic, 35, was ruled out of the Australian Open in January after being relegated due to his vaccination status. He insists that he will not be vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to play the tournament.

The United States does not allow non-citizen visitors to enter the country without vaccination. As a result, Djokovic was ruled out of major tournaments like Indian Wells and Miami at the start of the season and will not be able to take part in next month’s Cincinnati Masters or the US Open starting August 29.

Attached to the list of players, the United States Tennis Association recalled: “The US Open does not mandate vaccination for players, but will respect the government’s position regarding entry into the country for those who are not US citizens and who Not vaccinated.

Djokovic fought the French Open and lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Rafael Nadal. He won his 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.

Nadal is at the top of the historic table with 22 Grand Slam championships.

After the win at Wimbledon, defeating Australian Nick Kyrgios in the final, Djokovic said he would love to stay at the US Open, but reiterated that “I have no plans to get vaccinated.”

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