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Not planning to get vaccinated: Novak Djokovic hopes for COVID-19 rule change ahead of US Open

Djokovic trumped Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) in the men's singles final on Sunday at the Centre Court to seal his seventh Wimbledon title and fourth on the trot.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Published on - 11 July 2022 4:39 pm

Top-seeded Tennis player Novak Djokovic recently won the 21st Grand Slam title of his career by defeating Nick Kyrgios in the summit clash of Wimbledon 2022. Despite losing the first set, Djokovic trumped Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) in the men’s singles final on Sunday at the Centre Court to seal his seventh Wimbledon title and fourth on the trot.

With that win, Djokovic has edged past Roger Federer but is still one Grand Slam title behind Rafael Nadal, who tops the chart with 22 titles under his belt. Djokovic who had a tough start to the season due to the vaccination saga ahead of the Australian Open 2022, remains adamant about not getting vaccinated against Coronavirus and is hoping US authorities make changes in entry rules in time to allow him to compete at the US Open.

“I am not vaccinated and I am not planning to get vaccinated so the only good new that I can expect is them removing the mandated green vaccine card or whatever you call it to enter the United States or exemption,” said the 35-year-old.

He further informed that he is hoping the organizers to make a rare exemption for him to get to the USA. “I know that exemption is realistically possible, but I am hoping it’s just whether or not they remove this in time for me to get to the USA,” he added.

Djokovic also admitted that exclusion from the Australian Open affected him drastically and for a few weeks he was under massive pressure. “It has affected me definitely in the first several months of the year. I was not feeling great generally. I mean, mentally, emotionally and I was not at a good place,” he said.

While Djokovic was under heavy pressure and was going through a tough time coping with mental pressure, his coach and former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic said that he was always optimistic about Djokovic’s return and knew that he will do well in upcoming tournaments. “You don’t doubt people like him. He is a great champion. He digested everything which happened with him, and came back stronger.”

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