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Novak Djokovic’s coach unleashes the Visa saga

Novak Djokovic is pictured during a press conference in Serbia.

Novak Djokovic looks almost certain to miss the US Open as he continues to refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19. (Photo by PEDJA MILOSAVLJEVIC/AFP via Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic’s camp hopes against all hope that the 21-time Grand Slam champion will be eligible to compete in the upcoming US Opensays the coach of the Serbian star.

Having already missed the Australian Open earlier this year for refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19, Djokovic will miss a second Grand Slam as the US government is unlikely to let the 34-year-old into the country.

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While Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic hasn’t ruled out a last-minute change of heart by US officials, he has admitted he has “zero hope” the tennis great will compete at Flushing Meadows.

Without a personal intervention from US President Joe Biden, it seems unlikely that lawmakers will make changes to existing border regulations.

Currently, non-citizens who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 are not allowed to enter the United States.

Djokovic was eventually deported from Australia ahead of the Australian Open following multiple court challenges after he was arrested by border officials after arriving in Melbourne earlier this year.

Ultimately, the vaccination exemption Djokovic had received, which he says had been organized with the support of the Victorian State Government and Tennis Australia, was found not to be valid and his visa was annulled.

Speak with La RepublicaIvanisevic said there is “too much politics in sport” and said it made little sense that an unvaccinated US citizen would be allowed into the country but Djokovic wasn’t.

“There is always hope,” said Ivanisevic.

“Novak will do everything to be there, maybe he’ll get a special visa. But it’s only two weeks.

“And I personally have no hope of Biden changing the rules before the tournament starts.

“To me, it’s all nonsense and nonsense.

“If you are vaccinated but positive, you can enter the United States. If you are unvaccinated but negative, you will be banned. There is too much politics in sport.”

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There is no doubt that Djokovic’s refusal to be vaccinated against the coronavirus will likely have an impact on his career legacy, especially if he is not allowed to return to Australia in the near future.

Djokovic was banned from applying for an Australian visa for three years due to his deportation in February, with his only hope of attending next year’s Australian Open being federal government intervention to lift the ban.

With so much speculation throughout the year as to whether or not Djokovic would even be available for certain tournaments, Ivanisevic said fewer players had left the sport.

“If it had happened to another tennis player, 90 percent of the time he would have quit,” he said.

“Instead, Nole is a born fighter and a genius at the sport.

“Sometimes the genes are a little weird and it took him time to work through something as serious as what cost him in Australia.”

Novak Djokovic smiles as he holds the Wimbledon trophy.

Novak Djokovic outclassed Nick Kyrgios to win the Wimbledon final earlier this year, his 21st Grand Slam victory. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Anychance/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, the 35-year-old was added to the entry list for the August 29-September 11 Grand Slam in New York.

“I’m preparing as if I’m allowed to compete while waiting to hear if there’s room for me to travel to the US,” Djokovic said in a post on Instagram along with a video of him doing so Practice.

“Fingers crossed!”

More than 43,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to work with the US government to allow 21-time major champion Djokovic to play at the US Open.

The Serb said he was willing to miss Grand Slam tournaments instead of taking the COVID-19 vaccine after his Melbourne debacle.

With AAP

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