Coach Paul Annacone says he wants to see Novak Djokovic compete in the world’s biggest tournaments, but notes that giving the Serb special permission to enter the United States might not be the right thing to do. Under current US vaccine laws, unvaccinated foreigners are barred from entering the country.
Last week, Djordje Djokovic revealed that the Djokovic team submitted the necessary documentation and applied for special permission to enter the United States. Recently, it has been reported that these vaccine rules will end in May, allowing Djokovic to compete at the US Open without issue.
“As a tennis fan, I want him here. As someone who looks at the world realistically, I don’t know how they let him in and they don’t let everyone in then. That doesn’t make sense,” Annacone said on Tennis Channel, as quoted by Tennis365.
Amritraj also noted that he wants Djokovic in the world’s biggest tournaments, but added that this could be a delicate situation. “At that point it becomes a delicate situation. You know, if you excuse the great tennis player, then a lot of the family members and others that have been trying to get in, it’s a delicate situation, where do you make that decision? But many other countries have eased these restrictions and it looks set to be lifted in May.
So should they be here now? If you look at it from a tennis point of view, he has established himself as the best tennis player in the world. So, for all of us, it’s a great shame not to have him at two of the biggest events we have,” Amritraj said.
Nole Djokovic is resting
Seeded number 5 of the ATP 250 in Buenos Aires, the local Francisco Cerundolo, before his entry into the running, was at a press conference on Tuesday to discuss several subjects including the recent performance of Novak Djokovic who has become world number one following his 10th crown won at the Australian Open.
“For me, he is the best player today. The best tennis player, the number 1 and the champion of the last Grand Slam. It’s impressive because, with all he has already won, he still wants to play and win. I respect him a lot.
And I think it’s a good thing for tennis that it is still at this level, that it is still demanding. If we’re going to beat him, we’re going to have to keep working hard to improve because at 35 he won Australia very comfortably. But it gives us an indication that there is still a long way to go.”