The world number 1 male tennis player will not be able to compete at the Miami Open next week due to his Vaccine for COVID-19 state.
Novak Djokovic, who recently won his 22 Grand Slam at the Australian Open, he was denied a waiver to enter the United States, according to Miami Open tournament director James Blake.
«Obviously we run one of the biggest tournaments in the world, we would like to have the best players that can play,» Blake told the Tennis Channel on Friday. «We did everything we could. We tried to talk to the government, but that’s out of our hands. We tried and he couldn’t play.»
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«The same result you had in indian wellswhere i meet tommy haas [Indian Wells tournament director] He did everything he could. We tried to get Novak Djokovic to be allowed to get a waiver, but that couldn’t happen.»
In February, Djokovic applied for special permission to enter the US to play in tournaments due to not be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The US currently requires all non-US citizens to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter the country by air.
In recent weeks, politicians have pushed to allow Djokovic into the country.
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In a letter obtained by Fox News Digital, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis urged President Biden to «put pandemic politics aside and give the American people what they want: let them play.» DeSantis wrote that Djokovic’s refusal to enter the United States is unfair, unscientific and unacceptable.»
The Miami Open will be played from March 20 to April 2 and the tournament in Indian Wells is scheduled for March 6-19.
In January, Indian Wells tournament director Tommy Haas said it would be a «shame» if Djokovic was unable to compete in the US due to his vaccination status.
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«Obviously, the only problem is that he can’t come to the US yet. If he doesn’t play Indian Wells and Miami in March (it’s going to be tough), they’re supposed to lift those mandates in mid-April,» Haas said. reporters
«It would be nice to see if we could maybe lift that up a little earlier and have him come play Indian Wells and Miami. I think he wants to play, so we should give him the chance. Hopefully, we can have him there,» he continued.
«I mean, it would be a shame in my eyes if he didn’t come to these events, or if he wasn’t allowed to come.»
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.