Wimbledon champion declares himself a healthy scratch for the US Open

Even if he continues to increase the score on the Grand Slam titles, Novak Djokovic lacks room to play. Fresh off his fourth consecutive men’s singles championship at Wimbledon, Djokovic has already declared himself a rule out of next month’s US Open due to principle and government policy.

And with the Australian Open likely still off the table, Djokovic will be unlucky at his 22n/a major championship to Paris in the spring.

Novak Djokovic won his seventh Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic poses for photos after his victory over Nick Kyrgios at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2022 in London. | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Novak Djokovic started slowly in London on Sunday before beating Nick Kyrgios, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3), for a fourth straight men’s singles championship at Wimbledon and seventh overall. Djokovic, playing his 32n/a Grand Slam final, won 31 winners and only eight unforced errors in the third and fourth sets. He did not face a breaking point in this stretch.

Only Roger Federer, with eight, has won more men’s titles at Wimbledon. Only Rafael Nadal, at 22, has won more Grand Slam championships. Nadal withdrew ahead of his scheduled semi-final against Kyrgios in the semi-final, the first time at Wimbledon since 1931 that a men’s singles competitor has withdrawn in the semi-final or final.

Novak Djokovic can’t play US Open as things stand

Citing a long physically demanding spell, Novak Djokovic said after Sunday’s singles final at Wimbledon that he was looking forward to taking a vacation. However, he might be out of the tennis courts for longer than expected.

Unless there is a change in government policy on COVID-19, Djokovic, 35, will not be able to play the US Open when the tournament begins in New York on August 29. This is because the United States maintains a ban on unvaccinated international travelers.

“I’m not vaccinated and I don’t plan to get vaccinated,” Djokovic said in his post-match press conference.

After the US Open, the next major tennis event is the Australian Open. This country expelled Djokovic earlier this year due to a similar vaccination policy which remains in place.

John McEnroe offers his support

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Retired tennis great John McEnroe has denounced government policy that threatens to prevent Novak Djokovic from playing at the upcoming US Open.

“These politicians are too much in the way,” McEnroe said, according to Outkick.com. “They did it in Australia. Let the guy come in and play in the States, I mean come on. It’s ridiculous.”

Said Djokovic: “The only good news I can have is that they are taking away the mandatory vaccine green card or whatever you call it to enter the United States or an exemption. I don’t know. I don’t think not that exemption is realistically possible.

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