Four-time US Open winner John McEnroe said it’d be “a joke” if Novak Djokovic is not able to compete on the match because of his COVID-19 vaccination repute.
Djokovic has refused to take the vaccine and appears set to overlook out on the yr’s last Grand Slam because of modern-day U.S. Regulations that require guests to expose proof of full vaccination to board flights to and enter the us.The Serbian previously stated he was prepared to overlook Grand Slam tournaments that require collaborating players to be vaccinated.
Djokovic stays on the access list for the Aug. 29-9-11 tournament in the big apple.
“I don’t suppose it’s honest,” McEnroe, who works as a tennis analyst for ESPN, told newshounds on Tuesday.
“I suppose it is a joke.
“i’d have had the vaccine and gone and played but he is got very strong beliefs and you need to admire that.
“At this factor, within the pandemic, we’re -and-a-half years in, I think humans in all parts of the sector understand extra approximately it, and the idea that he can not journey right here to play, to me is a shaggy dog story.”
Djokovic competed at final 12 months’s US Open, in which he finished second to Daniil Medvedev, but became unable to defend his Australian Open crown this 12 months after being deported from the usa over his vaccination popularity in January.
Rafa Nadal claimed victory within the match in Melbourne to move clear of Djokovic and Roger Federer with his twenty first predominant trophy.
Nadal then went on to feature some other Grand Slam title to his tally at the French Open, preserving him ahead of Djokovic, who won Wimbledon final month.
When asked if Djokovic’s chances of completing above his rivals in phrases of Grand Slam victories were being tormented by his absences from major tournaments, McEnroe stated, “it is the query that all of us need to realize the solution to.”
“glaringly, Rafa Nadal has benefited from that. If a guy has received the Australian Open eight or 9 instances, you will think [Djokovic blew] a risk in a way.
“those three men are already above anybody else. Rafa become capable to drag off a stunning win that not many people expected in Australia. Novak were given there at Wimbledon after which Rafa got harm.”