Djokovic finally learns US Open fate as Indian Wells hopes shattered

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Novak Djokovic has finally received the green light to play at the US Open later this season after the American government confirmed they would be extending their emergency Covid measures to May 11 before scrapping them entirely. But it does mean that the world No 1 will still be banned from entering the country during the Indian Wells and Miami Masters after sharing his hope to play the first Masters 1000 of the year.

Fresh off the back of his historic 10th Australian Open title win, Djokovic has received the news that he can also compete in the US Open later this year – meaning he will not be forced to miss any Majors as a reslt of his vaccine status like he did last year. 

It comes as President Joe Biden’s administration said on Monday that all Covid emergency declarations would come to an end on May 11, meaning the vaccine would no longer be required to enter the country. But with Indian Wells and Miami falling in March, it means he will not be able to compete at the first two Masters tournaments of the season. The restrictions were originally extended to April but have now been drawn out another month before they finally come to an end.

Speaking after his Aussie Open win, Djokovic said: “I hope I can play in Indian Wells. That is my wish. It is still not allowed but maybe in the next few weeks I will get better news.”

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