He announced on Twitter yesterday that he would not be able to travel to the U.S. for the U.S. Open due to travel restrictions mandating vaccination for entering the country.
Keeping Djokovic off the court more than 2 years after the pandemic's inception makes absolutely zero sense, especially because, as I profiled in a piece just days ago, the CDC has now changed its guidelines regarding people who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid.
Specifically, the CDC dropped quarantine and social distancing requirements for people who have come in "close contact with an infected person."
"The changes, which come more than 2 1/2 years after the start of the pandemic, are driven by a recognition that an estimated 95% of Americans 16 and older have acquired some level of immunity, either from being vaccinated or infected, agency officials said."
Greta Massetti, a CDC epidemiologist came right out and said it two weeks ago:
"We know that Covid-19 is here to stay. High levels of population immunity due to vaccination and previous infection, and the many tools that we have available to protect people from severe illness and death, have put us in a different place."
Preventing one of the game's true legends from the potential to earn another Grand Slam title is as arrogant as it is outrageous. Not only is Djokovic arguably in the best shape of almost anybody in the world, but the CDC has openly admitted that more than 95% of people have some level of immunity.