U.S. Open Confirms Novak Djokovic Won’t Be Able to Play in Tournament Because He’s Still Unvaccinated

@COVID19Up: Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic’s hopes of playing in the U.S. Open appear to be over after the tournament announced (https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jul/20/us-open-novak-djokovic-covid-19-vaccine-tennis) it would respect the U.S. government’s rules on the COVID-19 vaccine.

The U.S. requires non-citizens to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the country, meaning Djokovic, who has made it clear that he will not take the COVID-19 mRNA injection, will not be allowed entry.

A statement from the U.S. Open read: “Per the Grand Slam Rule Book, all eligible players are automatically entered into the men’s and women’s singles main draw fields based on ranking 42 days prior to the first Monday of the event. The US Open does not have a vaccination mandate in place for players, but it will respect the US government’s position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-US citizens.”

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Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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