American tennis legend John McEnroe has spoken out in support of Novak Djokovic, who will most likely not be admitted to the US Open due to a lack of vaccination.
The competition starts next week, but there is no official word yet on whether the Serbian will play. Under the current laws, he can’t participate, and according to McEnroe, it’s “kind of a joke.”
The American, who is a four-time US Open champion, is furious with the decision.
“It’s not fair and it’s kind of a joke. I’d get vaccinated and play, but Djokovic is a man with beliefs that should be respected. We’re two and a half years into a pandemic now and people know a lot more about the disease. The idea that not you can travel here, it’s kind of a joke.
In the last six weeks, he has been training with no clarity on whether he will play. This is a severe psychological blow. The same thing happened in Australia,” McEnroe said.
A month ago, Djokovic commented on the situation, saying it wouldn’t be the end of the world if he didn’t get special permission to play.
The ban on unvaccinated foreigners from entering the US forced Djokovic to miss this year’s Masters in Miami, Indian Wells and Cincinnati. He is still on the roster for the US Open, but is expected to be dropped very soon.