When the Canadian Open begins later this month, Novak Djokovic will not be part of the field.
On Thursday, Djokovic officially withdrew from the Canadian Open. This decision is most likely due to his COVID-19 vaccination status.
Canada still requires a 14-day quarantine for anyone not vaccinated against COVID-19. Djokovic has made it clear that his stance on the vaccine hasn’t changed.
The timing of this news is interesting as the US Open is right around the corner. Unless something changes soon, Djokovic will most likely have to miss the final Grand Slam tournament of the 2022 season.
Djokovic, however, is preparing as if he would be cleared to compete in Flushing.
“I am preparing as if I will be allowed to compete, waiting to find out if there is room for me to travel to the United States. Fingers crossed,” Djokovic tweeted.
Djokovic has already missed the Australian Open this year. He played at Roland-Garros, but fell short of Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.
This year will not exactly be lost for Djokovic. He beat Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final.
Djokovic has won the US Open three times in his career. We will find out later this month if he will be allowed to run for his fourth title there.