The U.S. Open has confirmed that tennis star Novak Djokovic can't play in the tournament because of his vaccination status. The reigning Wimbledon champion said publicly he is not vaccinated against COVID-19.
While the U.S. Open does not have a vaccine mandate for players, organizers said in a statement that it will "respect the U.S. government's position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-U.S. citizens."
The U.S. currently requires non-citizens to be fully vaccinated against COVID in order to enter the country. If not, a person is not allowed to board a flight to the U.S. — unless certain criteria are met. However, there has been no indication Djokovic would fall under any of the categories of exemptions.