Will Novak Djokovic play in Indian Wells?Photo: cornerstone
Novak Djokovic’s participation in the Indian Wells Masters is actually out of the question. Because he has not been vaccinated, Serbs are not allowed to enter the United States. However, he is currently still on the Masters 1000 Championship board.
09/03/2022 08:4009/03/2022 at 12:46 PM
“So far, I cannot enter the United States,” Novak Djokovic himself said during his appearance in Dubai at the end of February. So I can’t play now. But wait and see what happens. Maybe things will change in the next few weeks.”
Number 2 in the Serbian world means USA entry rules. The Masters 1000 will be held there in Indian Wells, California, in the next few days. Perhaps without Djokovic, because he recently made it clear that he will not be vaccinated against the Corina virus, even if it means that he may miss tournaments and titles.
However, the website of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clearly writes: “Travelers who are not US citizens must be able to demonstrate that they have received their full vaccinations upon entering the United States.” This makes Djokovic’s participation in Indian Wells virtually impossible.
However, the 34-year-old is on the championship plate in the California desert. The draw was in the night until today and gave the world number 2 in the second round (the first time a farewell) the winner of the duel between Jordan Thompson and David Goffin as the contender. It makes sense in that Djokovic should actively withdraw from the tournament himself in order not to be on the entry list and in the tournament tree.
Laksonen vs. Bagnes
Henri Laksonen meets Argentine Facundo Bagnes in the first round of the Indian Wells ATP 1000 Championship. It is the first duel between the two. The Argentine left-hander defeated Andy Murray in a preparatory tournament for the Australian Open in January.
And the tournament management announced that it was in contact with the Serbian team: “It is not yet clear whether Djokovic will participate in the tournament. It is up to the CDC to decide whether he will enter the country or not.”
Novak Djokovic is on the entry list and thus was placed in the draw today. We are currently in contact with his team. However, it has not been determined whether he will participate in the event by obtaining the approval of the CDC to enter the country.#Indian wells
– BNP Paribas Open (BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 8, 2022
At first glance, it may seem as if Djokovic is seeking an exceptional pass to enter an unvaccinated, as was the case at the Australian Open in January. At that time, a story unfolded that lasted several days, which ended with the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa and the expulsion of the tennis star from the country.
However, the rules for any special permits in the US are quite clear. In addition to US citizens, only those who …
- … minor.
- …has diplomatic status or officially represents the government.
- …has proof that vaccination is not possible for medical reasons.
- … could claim a humanitarian emergency.
- … a member of the US Armed Forces.
- …receives special permission from the US Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, or the Secretary of Transportation based on the national interest.
But there are also indications that the tournament management itself no longer expects Djokovic to play his second-round match on Saturday. The Serbian is pinned to “We Miss You Wall,” for example, where you can also find photos of Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro, Serena Williams and Ashleigh Barty, all of whom are missing in Indian Wells this year.
Since Djokovic is already in the second round with a bye, if the first round was already played when the Serb pulled out, no lucky loser would be able to advance. Thompson or Goffin would then be in the round of 16 without a fight. (Abu)
Here’s how Djokovic’s drama about immigration in Australia unfolded:
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