Former Tennis Star Says Djokovic Should Be Allowed To Play In U.S. Despite Vaccine Requirements

John Simmons | January 25, 2023
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Novak Djokovic is mowing down his competition at the Australian Open. Earlier today, he routed 5th-seeded Andrey Rublev in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, in the quarterfinals. Safe to say this man’s revenge tour after being deported last year is going quite well.

But as of right now, he would not be able to continue his dominance at two upcoming tournaments in America, the Indian Wells tournament and the Miami Open, thanks to the United States extending its restrictions preventing unvaccinated foreigners from entering the country. The ban now runs into April, and both those tournaments are scheduled for March.

Mind you, thousands of illegal immigrants are pouring over our Southern border, and the CDC isn’t there making sure everyone has a negative COVID test. But who ever said the U.S.’ vaccine requirements had to make sense?

Former tennis star Tommy Haas is calling out the absurdity of the situation and is calling for Djokovic to be allowed onto U.S. soil for tournaments.

“It would be nice to see if we could maybe lift those a little earlier and have him come to play Indian Wells and Miami,” Haas said. “I think he wants to play, so we should give him the chance. Hopefully, we can have him there.”

Should the restrictions stay in place -- and there’s every reason to believe they will -- it will be the third U.S.-based tournament Djokovic has been forced to miss in the past two years. He was excluded from the 2022 U.S. Open for the same reason. 

Looks like Djokovic will have to continue to take out his competitive fire on anyone unfortunate enough to match up against him at the Australian Open. The Serbian’s next opponent is unranked American Tommy Paul, and their semifinal matchup will take place tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. EST.

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