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Novak Djokovic not competing in US over COVID restrictions can be a ‘shame,’ ex-tennis star says

Novak Djokovic superior to the quarterfinal spherical of the Australian Open on Monday after defeating Australia’s personal Alex de Minaur in straight units. 

But because the 21-time Grand Slam champion focuses on extending his file in Melbourne, one event director is considering the hurdles that lie forward.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia waves to the crowd after winning in the fourth round singles match against Alex de Minaur of Australia during day eight of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. 

Novak Djokovic of Serbia waves to the group after successful within the fourth spherical singles match in opposition to Alex de Minaur of Australia throughout day eight of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. 
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Former skilled tennis participant and present Indian Wells event director, Tommy Hass, expressed his need Monday that Djokovic would be capable of proceed his season within the U.S. regardless of the present legal guidelines that might maintain him from getting into the nation due to his COVID-19 vaccine standing. 

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“If Djokovic stays wholesome, I do not see how he isn’t going to be primary,” Haas advised reporters, through Reuters.

“Obviously the one drawback being that he nonetheless can’t come to the U.S. If he does not play Indian Wells and Miami in March (will probably be robust), they’re speculated to elevate these mandates by mid-April.” 

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration launched a letter earlier this month stating that restrictions on non-U.S. residents who’re unvaccinated and touring into the U.S. will proceed to be enforced by April 10, 2023. 

Novak Djokovic of Serbia argues with the chair umpire during his second round match against Enzo Couacaud of France at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. 

Novak Djokovic of Serbia argues with the chair umpire throughout his second spherical match in opposition to Enzo Couacaud of France on the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. 
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“It can be good to see if we may perhaps elevate these slightly earlier and have him come to play Indian Wells and Miami. I believe he needs to play, so we should always give him the prospect. Hopefully we will have him there,” Hass continued. 

Djokovic returned to Australia in December for the primary time in a yr after being deported from the nation for not being vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 — the federal government beforehand lifted its restrictions on unvaccinated vacationers over the summer season. 

Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action during the Davis Cup Finals 2021, Semifinal 1, tennis match played between Croatia and Serbia at Madrid Arena pabilion on December 03, 2021, in Madrid, Spain.  

Novak Djokovic of Serbia in motion throughout the Davis Cup Finals 2021, Semifinal 1, tennis match performed between Croatia and Serbia at Madrid Arena pabilion on December 03, 2021, in Madrid, Spain.  
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But Djokvic at the moment stands to overlook Indian Wells which begins in California on March 9 and the Miami Open starting on March 19. He beforehand missed the U.S. Open final August due to the journey restrictions.

“I imply, it might be a shame in my eyes if he wasn’t coming to those occasions, or not allowed to come back,” Haas stated.

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