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Novak Djokovic able to play at US Open after vaccine policy change

Novak Djokovic was unable to play in the US Open in 2022 due to the vaccination requirements to enter the United States; he also missed out on the Australian Open in 2022 before winning it in 2023

Melbourne: Tennis: Grand Slam - Australian Open, Singles, Men, Final Tsitsipas (Greece) - Djokovic (Serbia): Novak Djokovic clenches his fist. Photo by: Frank Molter/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Image: Novak Djokovic will be able to play in the US Open 2023 after missing out due to vaccination requirements in 2022

Novak Djokovic will be able to play at this year's US Open after the United States announced it is lifting its vaccine mandate on international travellers.

The world No 1 is not vaccinated against Covid-19 and had previously been unable to enter America.

But US policy will change on May 12, allowing the 22-time Grand Slam winner to return to Flushing Meadows in August.

A White House statement said: "Today, we are announcing that the administration will end the Covid-19 vaccine requirements for federal employees, federal contractors, and international air travellers at the end of the day on May 11, the same day that the Covid-19 public health emergency ends."

Djokovic missed the Australian Open and the US Open tournaments in 2022 because of his vaccination status.

The Serb had applied for special permission to play in the US last month at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open but did not receive dispensation to do so.

With vaccination against Covid-19 no longer required to enter Australia, Djokovic competed at this year's Australian Open in January and won his latest major singles title.

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Djokovic has won the US Open title three times, with his victories coming in 2011, 2015 and 2018.

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