Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic asks U.S. for entry to play in tournaments

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Novak Djokovic, who is unvaccinated against COVID-19, has asked the United States for entry into the country so he can play in tournaments in Florida and California.

The top-ranked Serbian tennis star wants to play in Masters 1000 events, such as the Indian Wells tournament in California, set to start March 6, and the Miami Open, which begins March 20. 

The Transportation Security Administration requires foreign air travelers to be fully vaccinated against the disease. That mandate will be in place through at least mid-April, according to TSA.

“Everything is currently in the process,” Djokovic said Wednesday in Belgrade. “I have a big desire to be there.

“I am really thankful to the Indian Wells and Miami tournament (officials) and community for their support publicly, and they would like me to be able to play in their tournaments.”

The 22-time Grand Slam champion was deported from Australia before the 2022 tournament, but was allowed to play this year, winning the title by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets. 

When the travel update is lifted, Djokovic would be allowed to play in the U.S. Open, starting in late August. 

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