New chapter in the ‘Novax’ saga: unvaccinated Novak Djokovic asks to be allowed to travel to the US for Indian Wells and Miami tournaments


Novak Djokovic has applied to enter the United States next month to play the Masters 1,000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami. The number one in the world, winner of the Australian Open last month, has not been vaccinated against the corona virus and is therefore not allowed to enter the country in principle.

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“Novak needs special clearance because the US continues to deny entry to unvaccinated individuals. That is just incredible, since the whole world is open and sporting events welcome both vaccinated and unvaccinated athletes,” his brother Djordje Djokovic told the Serbian news agency Tanjug.

“He has submitted all required documentation and a request and the directors of Indian Wells and Miami have publicly said that Novak is needed at those tournaments and they want him to come. There are only a few days left before a decision is made and what remains is to hope for a positive result.”

His mother (l), father (m) and brother Djordje already did everything possible in 2022 to allow the Serb to participate in tournaments through procedures. — © AFP

Criticized anti-vaxer

The Indian Wells tournament starts on March 8, the Miami tournament two weeks later. Two days ago it was announced that both the injured Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are on the entry list for the tournament in Indian Wells in case they are allowed to play.

Last year, Djokovic missed both tournaments due to the corona rules in the US, just like the Australian Open and the US Open. The hassle surrounding the Serb’s vaccination status and his attempt at the beginning of 2022 to enter Australia through false papers and through the courts in order to be able to play the Australian Open – which did not work out – gave the antivaxer on social media the nickname ‘Novax Djokovic’.


35-year-old Djokovic is still undefeated this year. In the run-up to his tenth title at the Australian Open, he was also the best in Adelaide.

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