Novak Djokovic announced on Thursday that he would not be competing in the upcoming US Open for unvaccinated against Covid-19 throughout the pandemic
Djokovic has remained unvaccinated against Covid-19 throughout the pandemic, and current US rules require any non-US citizen to be fully vaccinated against the virus before entering the country.
The 35-year-old Serbian stated: "Unfortunately, I can not make a trip to NY this time for US Open. Much thanks to you #NoleFam for your messages of adoration and backing.
The tournament director of the US Open, Stacy Allaster, said in a statement: "Novak is a great champion, and it is very unfortunate that he will be unable to compete at the 2022 US Open."
The US Open statement also stated that because Djokovic's withdrawal occurred after the start of the qualifiers, a "lucky loser" will be included in the draw.
Due to his refusal to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, Djokovic was deported from Australia in January, preventing him from competing in the Australian Open.
Djokovic won the most recent major, Wimbledon, in July. Due to the same US travel regulations, he was unable to compete at Indian Wells or the Miami Open in March.
The US Open draw will take place on Thursday at noon. The tournament will take place from August 29 to September 11.