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“Shameful that players don’t support Novak Djokovic”

Novak Djokovic, barring sensational twists, should not be present at the US Open 2022. Last June, the United States approved new laws regarding Covid-19 establishing that, in order to have access to the country, you must have proof of the double vaccination.

And since the Serb has repeatedly said openly that he did not undergo any inoculation, the doors of Flushing Meadows are closed for him. However, the support that the 21-time Grand Slam champion is receiving from fans as well as political figures is incredible.

Anyone but his own colleagues, exept a few who, according to the CEO of the satirical website The Babylon Bee, Seth Dillon, should be ashamed of not exploiting their influence in support of Djokovic. He wrote on Twitter: “There are some active tennis players who urges the United States to let Novak Djokovic play or not? Are they afraid of the backlash? They have more influence than the rest of the tennis community put together.

Shameful not to use it.”

Djokovic at risk of collapse in the ranking: the scenario

It seems rather unlikely that the US government led by Joe Biden will completely overturn the rules of access to the country, allowing entry to non-vaccinated foreigners.

In the current state of things, therefore, Novak Djokovic will be forced not to be able to compete in the US Open and to defend the 1200 points won in the 2021 edition, when he surrendered only in the final to the Russian Daniil Medvedev and was unable to achieve the Calendar Grand Slam.

If the story does not undergo sensational news, the Serbian would collapse further in the ATP ranking and arrive with a haul of just 3570 points: currently he would be worth eighth position, but it is to be considered how many tennis players will be able to gain ground in the three events in program between August and September, as well as losing the rest.

Djokovic’s hope is that players from Andrey Rublev to Matteo Berrettini, now 13th in the world, including Jannik Sinner of course, will not do great results until Flushing Meadows and not exceed the quota of points he will get after the last one.

Slam of the season. An exit from the Top-10 is definitely probable, although not very sure, for the Belgrade native, who will then necessarily have to redeem himself in the tournaments in which he can participate.

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