Djokovic is unlikely to play but is still added to the provisional Entry List because vaccine mandates won't end until May despite calls to do so.
The confirmed entry list for the Indian Wells Masters features Novak Djokovic as the top ATP player (albeit he is currently unlikely to play). He is unlikely to play but is still added to the provisional Entry List because vaccine mandates won’t end until May despite calls to do so. Rafael Nadal is currently listed as questionable due to an injury, so the top contenders for the tournament, which will be held between March 6 and March 19, as part of the Sunshine Double, could be Carlos Alcaraz, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud, Taylor Fritz, Holger Rune, and Daniil Medvedev.
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Tennis pro Novak Djokovic has been given the go-ahead to compete in the 2023 Australian Open, but he will probably have to skip at least two events in the United States. According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, foreign air travellers will need to be fully immunised against COVID-19 until April 10. Djokovic would be unable to compete in the BNP Paribas Open, which takes place from March 6–19 in Indian Wells, California, because he is not immunised. Additionally, Djokovic would have to skip the Miami Open, which is scheduled to take place from March 19 to April 2.
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Djokovic was unable to travel to New York for the 2022 U.S. Open because of the country’s vaccination requirements for visitors from other countries. Last year, Djokovic was able to compete in the French Open and Wimbledon. “Look, if it is official, then it is. I mean, what can I do? Nothing, that’s it. You know my position. It is what it is. I’m hoping (to participate), but if I can’t go, I can’t go.” Djokovic told reporters in January.
In Melbourne, Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open for a record-breaking tenth time. He overcame Stefanos Tsitsipas’s challenge to win the hard-court Grand Slam by scores of 6-3, 7-6(4), and 7-6(5). The Serbian tied Rafael Nadal’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles with his victory. Djokovic experienced a surge of emotion in response to the historic victory. He climbed into his player box to celebrate with his team while tears also flowed among the sea of Serbian flags in Melbourne Park’s Garden Square.
“This is one of the most challenging tournaments that I have ever played in my life,” said Djokovic. “Not playing last year, coming back this year. I want to thank all the people who made me feel welcome. There is a reason why I have played my best tennis on this court, in front of legendary Rod Laver. It is a long journey. All my team and family knows what we have been through in the past four or five weeks and this is probably the biggest victory of my life.”
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