Novak Djokovic repeated his hardline refusal to get a Covid-19 vaccination Saturday as he resigned himself to sitting out the season’s final Grand Slam on the US Open.
Djokovic was deported from Melbourne in January over his single-minded however controversial stance, forcing him to desert an assault on a tenth Australian Open title.
With no signal of the US authorities enjoyable their rule requiring all guests to be vaccinated, the 35-year-old Djokovic admitted Saturday that Wimbledon, which begins Monday, will likely be his final Slam of 2022.
When requested if he had fully closed his thoughts to getting vaccinated, he was unequivocal.
“Sure,” he stated.
Djokovic was US Open champion in 2011, 2015 and 2018.
He has 20 Slams to his identify, two fewer than previous rival Rafael Nadal.
Final 12 months, defeat within the New York last to Daniil Medvedev robbed him of the chance to turn out to be the primary man since 1969 to clinch a calendar Grand Slam.
His incapacity to journey to the USA — he already missed the Indian Wells and Miami Masters — will function a key driver as he units his sights on a seventh Wimbledon title.
“As of at the moment I’m not allowed to enter the States beneath these circumstances. That’s an additional motivation to do effectively right here. Hopefully I can have an excellent match,” stated Djokovic.
“I might like to go to States. However as of at the moment, that’s not doable. There’s not a lot I can do any extra.
“It’s actually as much as the US authorities to decide whether or not or not they permit unvaccinated individuals to enter the nation.”
Additionally including gasoline to the Djokovic hearth is the prospect to win a fourth successive Wimbledon title and be part of a choose group.
Within the Open period, solely Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer have managed to finish such a streak of dominance on the All England Membership.
“As a seven, eight-year-old boy I’ve dreamt of profitable Wimbledon and turning into No. 1.,” he added.
“Pete Sampras profitable his first Wimbledon, was the primary tennis match I ever noticed on the TV.”