The number one in world tennis, Novak DjokovicHe was forced to resign Indian Wells Masters 1000 which starts next week in the state of California, United States) not being able to enter the country without being vaccinated against coronavirusThe organizers confirmed this Sunday.
This week, the Serbian star said he was awaiting a response to his request to enter USA no vaccination.
USA It still does not allow unvaccinated international travelers to enter the country and the Transportation Security Administration recently advanced that this measure will not be modified at least until mid-April.
One day before they hold the draw for matches, the organization of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 confirmed the loss of Djokovic for the third consecutive edition.
“Novak Djokovic, number one in the world, has withdrawn from the 2023 edition of the BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells)”said the tournament, which limited itself to adding that the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili will take the Serb’s place in the draw.
After Indian Wellsfirst Masters 1000 of the year, Djokovic will cause possibly also drop in the next tournament of that category, the miami open.
The application of Djokovic to the US authorities had received public support this week from the US Openthe tournament of grand slams that is organized in this country, and the national tennis association.
The Serbian, who on Friday lost his first game of 2023 in the semifinals of the tournament Dubaisaid that he hoped to know the decision before the draw of Indian Wells on Monday.
The rejection of Djokovic to get vaccinated has already kept him out of important tournaments in recent years and even caused his deportation by the Australian authorities when he tried to compete in the australian open in early 2022.
Djokovicwho in 2022 could not play the US Openhad a triumphant return to Australia this year adding his 22nd title of grand slamswith which he equaled the Spanish record Rafael Nadal.
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