Novak Djokovic: “Shame” if the Serbian tennis star is not allowed to enter the USA and compete, says Haas


Novak Djokovic might finish the yr because the world’s greatest participant, however it could be a ‘disgrace’ if his likelihood is hampered by being unable to compete in the USA as a result of his unvaccinated standing. Indian Wells Event Director Tommy Haas stated.

Djokovic missed the Australian Open final yr and was expelled from the nation for not being vaccinated towards COVID.

His three-year visa ban was lifted in November and he is again on the Grand Slam to win a tenth crown and twenty second main.

Nevertheless, the Serb was unable to journey to the 2022 US Open in New York with out proof of vaccination, the identical purpose that pressured him to skip ATP 1000 occasions in Indian Wells and Miami earlier within the yr.

US authorities stated this month that COVID-19 vaccinations for international air vacationers could be necessary till at the very least April 10, which means Djokovic will as soon as once more miss Indian Wells and Miami.

Haas, additionally a former world quantity two, stated he hoped the foundations could be relaxed sooner to permit Djokovic to compete.

“If Djokovic stays wholesome, I do not see how he will not be primary,” Haas advised reporters at Melbourne Park on Monday.

“The one downside, in fact, is that he nonetheless cannot come to the USA. If he does not play Indian Wells and Miami in March (it will be powerful), they’re speculated to carry these mandates by mid-April.

“It could be good to see if possibly we might choose these up slightly sooner and get him to play Indian Wells and Miami. I believe he needs to play, so we must always give him an opportunity. Hopefully we will have him with us.

“I imply, I believe it could be a disgrace if he did not come to those occasions or he wasn’t allowed to return.”

Haas added Indian Wells organizers would do “something” to assist Djokovic’s probabilities of taking part in there.

Indian Wells runs March 8-19 and the Miami Open runs March 22-April 2.

The 35-year-old has beforehand acknowledged he would miss Grand Slams as a substitute of getting a COVID vaccine.