Tennis: Djokovic not vaccinated will not play at the Masters 1000 in Montreal

This is anything but a surprise. Novak Djokovic, whose refusal to be vaccinated against Covid prevents him from entering Canada, has withdrawn from the Masters 1000 in Montreal which begins on Monday, the organizers announced on Thursday, three weeks before the US Open that he could also miss for the same reason.

The United States also requires people to show proof of vaccination to enter the country, the Serbian, who has just won his 21st Grand Slam at Wimbledon, should not be able to take part in the 4th Major of the season in New York (August 29-September 11). However, he is on the entry list for the US Open.

“In accordance with the rules of the Grand Slam, all likely players are automatically registered on the list of men and women entered on the basis of the classification 42 before the first day Monday of the tournament”, had indicated, on July 20, the association of American tennis in a press release.

“The US Open does not have a rule regarding the vaccine for players but respecting the position of the US government regarding the entry into the United States of people who are not Americans and who are not vaccinated,” added the same source.

In January 2022, “Djoko” was expelled from Australia where he was to participate in the Australian Open after a legal battle over his vaccination status. Montreal Masters manager Eugène Lepierre said earlier this month that he did not expect Djokovic to play, given his unvaccinated status.

“Either the Canadian government will change the rules regarding vaccination, or they (Djokovic) will roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated. But I don’t think any of those scenarios are realistic,” he explained.

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