After being forced to miss the U.S. Open last year due his vaccination status, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be able to compete this year after the United States government said on Monday it will end its COVID-19 vaccination requirements for international travellers on May 11.
Djokovic played in the U.S. Open in 2021 despite being one of the most high-profile unvaccinated athletes, but missed it a year ago.
“Today, we are announcing that the Administration will end the Covid-19 vaccine requirements for federal employees, federal contractors, and international air travellers at the end of the day on May 11, the same day that the Covid-19 public health emergency ends,” the White House said in a statement.
Djokovic, a 22-time Grand Slam winner who has won the U.S. Open three times, was unable to enter the country this year after unsuccessfully applying to the U.S. government for special permission to play at Indian Wells and Miami earlier this year.