Novak Djokovic pulls out of Indian Wells as vaccine stance derails US trip
The Guardian says Novak Djokovic will not be allowed to compete at the Indian Wells and Miami ATP Masters 1000 tournaments this month after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention definitively ruled that he cannot enter the United States while he remains unvaccinated from Covid-19.
Despite acknowledging two weeks ago that he would not be able to compete in the US as things stood due to the country forbidding unvaccinated foreign travellers, Djokovic surprisingly remained on the Indian Wells entry list this week and he was placed into the main draw on Tuesday.
On Wednesday evening, Djokovic finally announced that he would not be able to play in the United States: “While I was automatically listed in the BNP Paribas Open and Miami Open draw I knew it would be unlikely I’d be able to travel,” said Djokovic in a statement. “The CDC has confirmed that regulations won’t be changing so I won’t be able to play in the US. Good luck to those playing in these great tournaments.”
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