John McEnroe says Novak Djokovic should play US Open despite COVID vax status: ‘It’s ridiculous’

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Novak Djokovic won his 21st Grand Slam title on Sunday winning at Wimbledon ahead of Nick Kyrgios, but he may not get a chance to fight for a 22nd championship this year.

Djokovic’s coronavirus vaccination status will be a story heading into US Open next month.

Non-US citizens who are not vaccinated against the disease are not allowed in the U.S. Djokovic was not allowed to play at the Australian Open earlier this year after his vaccination exemption was thought to have been approved, but was later denied.

He was later deported from the country.

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Retired tennis player John McEnroe gestures during the Wimbledon men's singles final between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Australia's Nick Kyrgios at the All England Tennis Club in London on July 10, 2022.

Retired tennis player John McEnroe gestures during the Wimbledon men’s singles final between Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios at the All England Tennis Club in London on July 10, 2022.
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ESPN’s Chris Fowler brought up the possibility of Djokovic not playing the US Open to McEnroe, his analyst partner. The tennis legend said Djokovic should be allowed to play.

These politicians are getting in the way too much. They did it in Australia. Let’s have this guy come and play in the US, I mean, come on. That’s ridiculous,” McEnroe said as Djokovic waved to the crowd at the All England Club. “But I don’t make decisions like that. I hope someone does the right thing and lets him play. That’s my personal opinion.”

McEnroe said there should be some way to allow Djokovic to participate.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, left, greets John McEnroe at the Center Court Centenary Celebration during Wimbledon 2022 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2022 in London.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, left, greets John McEnroe at the Center Court Centenary Celebration during Wimbledon 2022 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2022 in London.
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“You can agree to be tested. I don’t know. There has to be a way around it, but we’ll wait and see. That’s not the point right now,” he said.

Djokovic said before Wimbledon he had no plans to get the coronavirus vaccine.

“From today I am not allowed to enter the States under these circumstances,” the Serbian tennis star said via Eurosport. “I am aware of that and it is another motivation to do well here and I hope to play a very good tournament as I have done in the last three editions.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses his trophy after defeating Australia's Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon men's singles final at the All England Tennis Club in London on July 10, 2022.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic kisses his trophy after defeating Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon men’s singles final at the All England Tennis Club in London on July 10, 2022.
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“Then I’ll just have to wait and see. I’d love to go to the states. But as of today, that’s not possible. There’s not much I can do. It’s up to the US government to decide whether allow unvaccinated people go to the ground.”

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