Novak Djokovic named for Cincinnati Open despite clouds over US Open participation

Novak Djokovic won his first major at Wimbledon this year after being deported from Australia and crashing out of the French Open in the quarter-finals.

Novak Djokovic won his 7th Wimbledon trophy earlier in July.

Novak Djokovic won his 7th Wimbledon trophy earlier in July. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Novak Djokovic has refused to get vaccinated against Covid-19
  • Rafael Nadal has been named to compete at Cincinnati Open
  • Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev will also be seen in action

The 21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic has been named for Cincinnati Open despite clouds over his participation at the US Open. The ATP Masters 1000, which is part of the US Open Series, will take place between August 13 and 21 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

Djokovic won his seventh Wimbledon after defeating Nick Kyrgios in the four-set marathon earlier this month. The title marked Djokovic’s first major this year after being deported from Australia and crashing out of the French Open in the quarter-finals.

The Serbian was deported from Australia for not getting vaccinated against Covid-19. Djokovic, who has confirmed that he has no plans to get vaccinated, is unlikely to compete at the US Open as to enter the USA he has to be vaccinated. In spite of the cloud over the hardcourt major, the Serb has been named for the Cincinnati Open.

“I’m not vaccinated and I’m not planning to get vaccinated, so the only good news I can have is them removing the mandated green vaccine card or whatever you call it to enter the United States or exemption,” Djokovic had said after winning the Wimbledon title.

“I’ll wait hopefully for some good news from USA because I would really love to go there. If that doesn’t happen, then I have to see what the schedule will look like.”

The Cincinnati Open will also see Rafael Nadal, who had withdrawn from the Wimbledon semi-finals due to an abdominal tear. The Spaniard will be joined by the world number one Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov, Carlos Alcaraz, Holger Rune and Marin Cilic.

Eight women and seven men will be added to the field through a two-round qualifying tournament that will be held between August 13-14. Four men and five women will be awarded wild card entries into the main draw singles fields. One additional player may be added to each draw as a special exempt.

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