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Novak Djokovic set to be free to play in US Open after Senate votes to lift Covid measures

Novak Djokovic has not played tennis in the United States since the 2021 US Open and missed out of the Miami Open and Indian Wells this year due to his vaccination statues; the US Senate voted to lift Covid-19 measures on Wednesday.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after he beats Czech Republic's Tomas Machac
Image: Serbia's Novak Djokovic could return to the US Open this year

Novak Djokovic will be allowed to play at the US Open this year, after the Senate voted to end Covid-19 measures.

The former world No 1 has not played tennis in the United States since losing the 2021 US Open final because of Covid measures introduced by the government during the height of the pandemic.

The United States requires international visitors to show proof of vaccination, and the 22-time Grand Slam champion has not had the jab.

However, on Wednesday, the US Senate passed a bill that will end Covid-19 declarations that were put in place by former President Donald Trump on March 13, 2020.

The bill, which was cleared by the House of Representatives earlier this year, will now been sent to Joe Biden, who is expected to sign it.

The vote means the agencies in the US will start winding down Covid measures, paving the way for Djokovic to take part in the US Open, which is live on Sky Sports in August.

The 35-year-old missed the tournament at Flushing Meadows last year and also missed out on the Miami Open and Indian Wells, after being denied permission to enter America.

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He had applied for special permission to enter, but a request to play in Miami and at Indian Wells was rejected by officials.

Djokovic has won the US Open title three times, most recently in 2018, while finishing as runner-up six times.

Carlos Alcaraz won his first Grand Slam last year, when he beat Casper Ruud in four sets.

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