Ivanisevic: Djokovic will try to play in the US Open, but I have no hope

Novak Djokovic will face similar restrictions in the USA to those that prevented him from playing the Australian Open last January.

At the moment, unvaccinated players are not allowed to enter the country, not even for the US Open.

As already happened in Australia, it does not seem that an exemption will be made for the Serbian tennis player who is a 21-time Grand Slam champion.

Novak is going to do everything possible, maybe with a special visa, but there are only two weeks left,” his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, said as he provided an update on the situation.

“Personally, I don’t have any hope. I don’t think [Joe] Biden will change the rules before the tournament starts.”

The Croatian also dismissed as “nonsense” the idea that if you are vaccinated but positive you can enter the United States, whereas you are banned if you are not vaccinated and you are negative.

“There is too much politics in the world of sport,” added the 2001 Wimbledon champion.

No Djokovic on the North American tour

Even ahead of the US Open, there are several other North American tournaments and Djokovic will not even be able to play the Masters 1000 in Canada, which will begin in Montreal on August 8.

In addition, the Serbian, foreseeably, will not be part of the Masters of Cincinnati.

He might not be able to return to the court, then, until he does so with Serbia for the group stage of the Davis Cup in Valencia.