Novak Djokovic 2022 US Open Status Update
The verdict is out on living legend Novak Djokovic, who is having trouble securing his spot in Grand Slam draws this year. The 2022 US Open is the latest tournament that Djokovic will not be present for, further dampening the all-time great’s momentum amidst a roller-coaster of a 2022 ATP Tour campaign.
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Novak Djokovic’s Status for the 2022 US Open
US Government Not Djoking Around
Novak Djokovic entered as the (+120) odds-on favorite to win the 2022 US Open two weeks prior to the start of the tournament. Unfortunately, the 21-time Grand Slam champion was taken off the books after the United States government stuck to its strict protocol of denying entry to foreigners who’ve not been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
Djokovic has been adamant about not receiving any vaccine whatsoever, and this has already led to his two-year ban from participating in the Australian Open. Tens of thousands of tennis fans even signed a petition for the Serbian superstar to play in Flushing Meadows to drum up even more hype for Nole’s return to New York but to no avail. Djokovic has also missed a total of four other ATP Tour tournaments held in North America this year.
How the 2022 US Open Men’s Singles Draw Looks Without Djokovic
With Djokovic out of the picture, reigning US Open champion Daniil Medvedev assumes the position of the consensus favorite to win this year’s running of the final Grand Slam tournament on the calendar. The 26-year-old Russian standout entered the 2022 US Open as a (+230) co-favorite to win the tournament and now has a smoother path ahead without his notorious rival in the draw.
Medvedev coasted past the first round of the US Open with a straight-sets victory over Stefan Kozlov, dropping only six sets and cruising to a 6-0 shutout in the final set. Medvedev is currently a heavy (-1,667) favorite to win his second-round match against rising Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech.
Rafael Nadal, one of the long-standing pillars of the ATP Tour alongside Djokovic, is another name to look out for in the draw. The World No. 3 made his return to Flushing Meadows since winning it all back in 2019 and the sensational Spaniard is also gunning for his fifth-career US Open victory. Nadal has a lifetime record of 65-11 at the US Open to date.