According to Djokovic’s coach, Goran Ivanisevic, there is “zero hope” that President Joe Biden will “modify the laws” on the present admission requirements to the United States to allow Novak Djokovic to play in the US Open.
The United States government has introduced laws requiring non-US persons entering the nation to be completely vaccinated against Covid-19.
Djokovic has repeated that he will not be vaccinated in order to enter the United States, despite missing the Australian Open, Indian Wells, and Miami Open earlier this year due to his situation.
There is a campaign in the United States calling for President Biden to modify his attitude and allow the Serbian to compete in the year’s last Grand Slam.
While Ivanisevic has refused to rule out the possibility of the 21-time Grand Slam winner participating, he does not expect President Biden will be involved.
“There is always hope,” Ivanisevic told La Repubblica.
“Novak will do everything to be there, maybe he will get a special visa. But there are only two weeks.
“And, personally, I have zero hope that [Joe] Biden will change the rules before the tournament starts.”
Ivanisevic went even further, calling out the current rules.
“For me it is all nonsense and bull****,” he continued.
“If you are vaccinated but positive you can enter the United States. If you are not vaccinated but negative, you are banned. There is too much politics in sports.”
After winning the Italian Open, Djokovic “ran out of gas” in his quarter-final against Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros before going on to win Wimbledon just over three weeks later, claims Ivanisevic.
“As he was not vaccinated, Nole did not know where he would be allowed to play until the end,” Ivanisevic explained.
“In Monte Carlo he was not ready, in Belgrade he ran out of gas in the final and Paris he met Nadal who was better than him. The real rebirth began in Rome.”
Despite coming in for some strong criticism over his vaccination stance, Ivansevic stresses that Djokovic never considered retirement.
He added: “If it had happened to another tennis player, in 90% of cases he would have stopped.
“Instead, Nole is a born fighter, as well as being a genius of the sport. Sometimes the genes are a little strange and he needed it, time to rework something as serious as what it took him in Australia.”
Early odds to win the 2022 US Open
Because of the irregularity of the surface, clay introduces volatility. The players who excel on the red dirt must have both physical and mental stamina since the rallies are long and arduous. Grass is all about powerful serves and quick points.
Those who can serve and volley or play effectively at the net usually have a good grass season. The action returns to the hardcourt, where the pool of players capable of winning expands. Those who play well from the baseline will compete, and the ATP has a lot of baseliners these days.
Its going to be an interesting battle and if Djokovic does out, you can imagine this only opens up the tournament for everyone! here are the early odds for the US Open.
Novak Djokovic +160 (If plays)
Daniil Medvedev +240
Carlos Alcaraz +335
Rafael Nadal +550
Stefanos Tsitsipas +1000