Novak Djokovic to play at the 2022 US Open

Novak Djokovic to play at the 2022 US Open

There is "zero hope" of US President Joe Biden "changing the rules" on current entry requirements to allow Novak Djokovic to play at the US Open, his coach Goran Ivanisevic believes.

The United States government has introduced a law that states that non-US citizens entering the country must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. There is no movement in the US calling for Biden to reverse his position and allow the Serbian to play in the final Grand Slam of the year.

And while Ivanisevic refused to rule out the possibility of the 21-time Slam champion competing in New York, he did not think the president would interfere. "There's always hope. Novak will do everything he can to be there, maybe get a special visa. But there are only two weeks left. And, personally, I have no hope that Joe Biden will change the rules before the start of the tournament," the former Wimbledon champion told La Repubblica, criticizing the current rules. "To me, there is no logic in this, complete nonsense. If you are vaccinated but positive, you can enter the US. If you are not vaccinated but are negative, you are prohibited. There is too much politics in sports."

After winning the Rome Masters, Djokovic "ran out of steam" in the quarter-finals against Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros before triumphing at Wimbledon just over three weeks later, Ivanisevic claimed. "Since he was not vaccinated, Novak did not know where he would be allowed to play until the last moment. In Monte Carlo he was not ready, in Belgrade he ran out of strength in the final, and in Paris, he faced Nadal, who was better than him. The real revival began in Rome."

Despite being heavily criticized for his vaccination status, Ivanisevic stressed, that Djokovic never considered giving up the sport. "If it had happened to another tennis player, 90% of the time it would have been over. Instead, Nole is a born fighter as well as a genius at the sport. Sometimes the genes are a bit strange and he needed that, time to recharge after what happened in Australia," concluded the Croatian specialist.