By Erik Gudris | @ATNTennis | Thursday, August 4, 2022
Novak Djokovic pulled out of Montreal due to Canada’s continued policy of not allowing unvaccinated international travelers.
Photo credit: Pete Staples/USTA/US Open Facebook
Seven-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic withdrew from the upcoming Masters 1000 ATP event in Montreal, Canada.
This was due to Canada’s ongoing official policy of not allowing international travelers who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the country.
The 35-year-old Djokovic, whose appearance was announced the day before the official draw, continues to refuse to take the vaccine.
Canadian policy requires international travelers to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before entering Canada. Djokovic’s stance on not taking the Covid vaccine is preventing him from defending his Australian Open title earlier this year in Melbourne, Australia.
Currently, Djokovic remains on the entry list for the US Open later this month. However, current US policy also requires international travelers to be fully vaccinated before entering the country.
On social media, Djokovic recently expressed hope that an alternative solution would be found to allow him to compete in New York.
“I am preparing as if I will be allowed to compete while I wait to hear if there is a spot for me to travel to the US,” Djokovic wrote. “Good luck.”
Unless President Joe Biden issues an executive order allowing Serbia’s Djokovic the opportunity to play at the US Open, it is likely that the three-time US Open winner will be watching the 2022 major final on television.
Djokovic lost to Daniil Medvedev in last year’s US Open final during his bid to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win a calendar-year Grand Slam.
Tennis Canada, the organizer of the ATP Montreal event, also announced wild cards for former world number one Andy Murray, Belgium’s David Goffin and Canadians Vasko Pospíšil and Alexis Galarneau.
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— Omnium Banque Nationale (@OBNmontreal) August 4, 2022