John McEnroe says Novak Djokovic should play US Open despite COVID vax status: ‘This is ridiculous’

John McEnroe says Novak Djokovic should play US Open despite COVID vax status: ‘This is ridiculous’

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Novak Djokovic picked up his 21st Grand Slam title Sunday with a victory at Wimbledon over Nick Kyrgios, but he may not get a chance this year to contend for a 22nd championship.

Djokovic’s coronavirus vaccination status will be a storyline heading into the U.S. Open next month. 

Non-U.S. citizens who are unvaccinated against the illness are not permitted in the U.S. Djokovic wasn’t allowed to play the Australian Open earlier this year after his vaccine exemption was thought to have been approved but was later denied. 

He was later deported from the country.

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Retired tennis player John McEnroe gestures during Wimbledon's men's singles final between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Australia's Nick Kyrgios at the All England Tennis Club in London July 10, 2022.

Retired tennis player John McEnroe gestures during Wimbledon’s men’s singles final between Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios at the All England Tennis Club in London July 10, 2022. (Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images)

ESPN broadcaster Chris Fowler raised the possibility of Djokovic not playing the U.S. Open to McEnroe, his analyst partner. The tennis legend said Djokovic should be allowed to play.

“These politicians are getting in the way too much. They did it in Australia. Let’s let the guy come in and play in the U.S. I mean come on. This is ridiculous,” McEnroe said while Djokovic waved to the crowd at the All England Club. “But I don’t make those decisions. I hope someone makes the right one and allows him to play. That’s my personal opinion.”

McEnroe said there should be some way for Djokovic to be allowed to participate.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, left, greets John McEnroe at the Centre Court Centenary Celebration during Wimbledon 2022 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club July 3, 2022, in London. 

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, left, greets John McEnroe at the Centre Court Centenary Celebration during Wimbledon 2022 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club July 3, 2022, in London.  (Shi Tang/Getty Images)

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“You can agree to be tested. I don’t know. There’s gotta be a way around this, but we’ll wait and see. That’s not what it’s about right now,” he said.

Djokovic said ahead of Wimbledon he had no plans to get a coronavirus vaccine.

“As of today, I am not allowed to enter the states under these circumstances,” the Serbian tennis star said, via Eurosport. “I am aware of that and that is an extra motivation to do well here, and hopefully I can have a very good tournament as I have done in the last three editions.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses his trophy after defeating Australia's Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon men's singles final at the All England Tennis Club in London July 10, 2022.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic kisses his trophy after defeating Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon men’s singles final at the All England Tennis Club in London July 10, 2022. (Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images)

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“Then I will just have to wait and see. I would love to go to the states. But, as of today, that is not possible. There is not much I can do anymore. It is up to the U.S. government to make a decision whether or not they allow the unvaccinated people to go into the country.”

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