Novak Djokovic Officially Will Not Play In U.S. Open

August 25th, 2022 3:24 PM

It’s official: Novak Djokovic will not be playing in the U.S. Open, the final tournament in tennis’ Grand Slam circuit.

The Serbian star and defending Wimbledon champion has withdrawn from the running since the U.S. still prohibits foreigners who are not vaccinated from entering the country. This is the latest incident that proves Djokovic meant it when he said he would sacrifice the opportunity to win titles in order to remain unvaccinated (he was barred from the Australian Open earlier this year for the same reason).

Djokovic made the announcement earlier on Thursday morning via Twitter.

Djokovic continues to be a shining example of conviction in the face of an incredible cost. Even though he has already accomplished so much, it still costs him chance at a title to cement his legacy as the greatest men’s tennis player ever. For an ultra-competitor like him, that’s a high cost.

A player who lost during qualifying for the Open will take his place.

Djokovic is expected to either join the Serbian team at the Davis Cup or the European team at the Laver Cup. The U.S. Open will begin play in Flushing Meadows, NY on Monday.