Novak Djokovic, the world number one, was denied entry to the United States, and as a result, he was unable to compete in the Miami Open next week.
Because he is 35 years old and has won 22 Grand Slam titles, he had applied for special permission to enter the United States.
Until at least April 10, visitors from outside the United States must be immunized, and proof will be required.
The same reason led Djokovic to withdraw from the ongoing Indian Wells tournament.
According to Miami Open director James Blake, “Obviously, we’re one of the premier tournaments in the world, we’d like to have the best players that can play.”
He went on to say to the Tennis Channel, ” We made every effort. We tried to get in touch with the government, but we can’t control that. We tried, but he couldn’t play.
“Same outcome as in Indian Wells, where I am aware that fellow tournament director Tommy Haas did everything in his power,” We attempted to obtain an exemption for Novak Djokovic, but that was unsuccessful.
“He is our greatest champion, having won six times here, and we would love to have him. Tragically, that is way over my head.”
Due to his vaccination status, Djokovic of Serbia was unable to compete in the US Open that year.
Djokovic has said that he would skip Grand Slam tournaments rather than get a Covid-19 vaccination. He also missed the Australian Open last year and was kicked out of the country because of his vaccination status.
He was allowed to go to Melbourne in January, where he won his record-extending 10th Australian Open title and tied the men’s record of 22 Grand Slam victories held by Rafael Nadal.
In the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships semi-finals last week, Djokovic lost to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets, his first defeat of the season.
He will next compete on the Monte Carlo Masters’ clay starting on April 9.