March 9, 2022
By Amy Tennery
(Reuters) – Indian Wells organizers said on Tuesday that world number two Novak Djokovic had been placed in the tournament draw, but it was unclear whether the Serb could enter the United States.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner refused to get a vaccine against COVID-19 and has previously said he was ready to miss tournaments as a result.
“Novak Djokovic is on the tournament’s entry list and is therefore in the draw today. We are currently in communication with his team,” Indian Wells organizers wrote on Twitter.
“However, it has not been determined whether he will participate in the event with the approval of the CDC (United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to enter the country.”
The Indian Wells men’s draw on Tuesday showed he had a goodbye in the first round.
The CDC website as of March 3 stated that non-US citizens who are not immigrants must show a vaccination test against COVID-19 to travel by air to the United States.
Djokovic was unable to compete in the Australian Open after being detained by immigration authorities on January 6, prompting a legal roller coaster ride over the country’s COVID-19 entry rules, which led to the cancellation of his visa to end of that month.
The California tournament, often known as the “fifth largest” tennis tournament, is expected to come to a close after it was canceled in 2020 and moved to October last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first women’s round starts on Wednesday, while the men’s round starts on Thursday.
With former world number one Roger Federer out of the tournament as he recovers from knee surgery and Djokovic allegedly absent, Spaniard Rafa Nadal has been heavily favored to secure his fourth Indian Wells title and a 22º men’s Grand Slam title extending the record in French. Open after winning the Australian Open in January.
Djokovic competed recently in Dubai in February, where Czech Jiri Vesely surprised him in the quarterfinals.
The defeat meant he would lose his world number one to Russian Daniil Medvedev, who claimed his first major title at Flushing Meadows in September and is the first seed in Indian Wells.
France loosened COVID-19 restrictions earlier this month, and vaccine passports are no longer required as of March 14, which opened the door for the 34-year-old to defend the title at Roland Garros from May.
(This story is corrected to add a deleted reference to the French Open in the 10º paragraph)
(Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Chris Reese and Christopher Cushing)
Tennis-Djokovic has been added to the Indian Wells draw, without it being clear that he can enter the organizers of the US tournament
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