(CNN) The world’s high males’s tennis participant Novak Djokovic will miss the Miami Open subsequent week, after being denied entry to the US as a result of he’s unvaccinated in opposition to Covid-19, match director James Blake introduced on Friday.
America nonetheless requires worldwide guests to be vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19, and the Serbian, who has beforehand confirmed that he stays unvaccinated, had utilized for particular permission to enter the nation forward of the match.
“We tried to get Novak Djokovic to be allowed to get an exemption, however that wasn’t in a position to occur,” Blake mentioned in an interview with the Tennis Channel.
“Clearly, we’re one of many premier tournaments on this planet, we might prefer to have one of the best gamers that may play. We did all that we may. We tried to speak to the federal government, however that is out of our arms.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis mentioned earlier this month he would “run a ship from the Bahamas” for Djokovic to compete within the Miami Open tennis match.
DeSantis referred to as on US President Joe Biden to drop the vaccine requirement for worldwide vacationers so the 22-time grand slam champion would be capable of compete.
The 35-year-old Djokovic has missed a number of different tournaments due to his vaccination standing. Earlier this month, Djokovic withdrew from the continued BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in California attributable to being denied the exemption. Final 12 months, he missed Indian Wells, the Miami Open and all of the tournaments included within the US Open swing.
The Miami Open’s major draw play begins March 22 and and the match ends April 2.