Djokovic to skip the Miami Open due to a lack of the COVID vaccine

Novak Djokovic won’t participate in the Miami Open after he was denied a waiver to enter the country despite not having the Covid-19 vaccine.

The top-ranked player in the world and six-time Miami champion was turned away, according to tournament director James Blake, who spoke to The Tennis Channel on Saturday.

“We exerted every effort. Before the tournament’s start the next week, Blake said, “We attempted to talk to the administration, but it’s out of our hands.

The same thing happened as it did in Indian Wells: we tried, but he was unable to play.

The ongoing Masters 1000 competition in the California desert did not accept Djokovic.

Blake stated, “We’d love to have him and he’s our biggest champion, having won here six times, so we’d clearly love to have him here, but regrettably that’s much over my pay grade.

Djokovic missed earlier competitions because he had not received the Covid vaccine, but he was permitted to play in this year’s Australian Open. He won his 10th championship there for his 22nd career Grand Slam victory, tying him with Rafael Nadal of Spain for the all-time men’s record.

Blake remarked, “We’ve used up all the possibilities we know of that we can handle. Hopefully, Novak will return the next year.

In May, US authorities are anticipated to relax vaccination entry rules, enabling Djokovic to compete at the US Open.

Blake expressed hope that he would return to all upcoming American competitions, including Cincinnati and the US Open.

Since losing in the fourth round in 2019, Djokovic has not competed in Miami.

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