Will Novak Djokovic Play in the 2022 US Open?

By Jeff Stinger

A little under two weeks remain before the start of the 2022 US Open, but tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has yet to be confirmed as a participant for the final Grand Slam tournament of the year. Some believe that Djokovic will surely play in Flushing Meadows, but others are still quite skeptical given the controversy surrounding the three-time US Open champion’s unvaccinated status.

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Novak Djokovic’s Status for the 2022 US Open

Djoker Still in No Laughing Matter

As of this writing, Novak Djokovic is the (+120) odds-on favorite to win the 2022 US Open men’s singles tournament even though he has yet to be officially included in the draw. Djokovic, who has refused to get vaccinated to this very day, has already been banned from the Australian Open earlier this year for not adhering to the Oceanic country’s health and safety protocols.

Many tennis fans are eagerly awaiting the American government’s decision on a possible revision to its travel restrictions leading up to the US Open. This would open the door for Djokovic to participate in the final Grand Slam tournament, although nothing is certain yet as of now.

Sign Nole Up!

Thanks to the gushing support of his fans, a petition found on Change.org has circulated requesting for Djokovic to play in the 2022 US Open. Over 50,000 signatures have been raised by devout petitioners asking for leniency towards the winningest male tennis player in the Open era. Support by way of this petition may be a moot point, though, if the American government decides to keep its strict protocols for unvaccinated athletes intact.

Grand Slam Misery Loves Company

Djokovic isn’t the only ATP Tour standout who’s been held out of action at a Grand Slam tournament this year. Russian sensation Daniil Medvedev was denied entry into the 2022 Wimbledon Championships due to Russia’s involvement in the invasion of Ukraine; something that’s well outside the current World No. 1’s hands.

Medvedev is due for a smashing Grand Slam comeback and enters the 2022 US Open as a (+230) favorite right behind Djokovic and will assume the position of the consensus favorite to win the entire tournament should Djokovic be denied entry into the event. The 26-year-old out of Moscow is the reigning US Open champion and has advanced to the tournament’s semi-final stage in each of the last three seasons.

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