The USTA has sent a message pleading with the US government to make a COVID vaccine exemption and allow Novak Djokovic in to play the Indian Wells and Miami Masters events.

The anti-vaxx Serb’s chances were looking slim after a US senator hinted that the exemption filed by the world No. 1 had been rejected. The Florida politician offered no further proof.

Djokovic, who lost on Friday in the Dubai quarter-finals to Daniil Medvedev, has said all week that he has had no news on his request.

Should the report be true and USTA attempts fail, the 35-year-old will likely have to wait until the Easter Sunday start of the Monte Carlo Masters on clay in order to return to the court.

Djokovic was allowed back into Australia in January despite being unjabbed for COVID, winning his 10th Melbourne title.

US entry regulations for foreigners are reportedly due to end on May 11 – not in time to help Djokovic.

Main photo:- Novak Djokovic arrives in Australia in 2022 and was eventually deported.


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