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Novak Djokovic has joked he can be picked up by the US authorities if he attempted to play on the US Open and hit out on the ‘political logic’ behind his ban. The Serbian had his visa revoked in Australia earlier this yr because he’s unvaccinated. The world No 3 is not going to attempt to enter the States later this yr as he’s standing firm on his stance.

“No unvaccinated people can enter the USA as of this moment,” Djokovic told Tennis Majors. “I did hear unofficially that some people got away with it, some individuals who should not ‘famous’, but I might never even attempt to go to the USA if it shouldn’t be allowed.

“Some people think that I made that mistake in Australia, nevertheless it was the contrary actually – I had the exemption etc, let’s not go over the identical story again.

“Bottom line is: if I’m told that I cannot go, I won’t go, I might never put myself in such a position. Even when I get in, they might see me on TV playing tennis and pick me up!”

Djokovic has been allowed to compete at Wimbledon over the subsequent fortnight because the UK doesn’t have as strict entry requirements.

Nonetheless, there will likely be unvaccinated players at Flushing Meadows later this yr because Americans which have not had the jab can still compete.

World No 225 Tennys Sandgren will likely be granted access and Djokovic has been messaging the American star.

“On a more serious note, I even have been texting with Tennys Sandgren just a few days ago. I desired to thank him for the general public support he has given me in this example,” Djokovic added.

“What he said makes total sense – if unvaccinated players should not allowed to compete on the US Open, then it ought to be the case for everybody.

“I don’t see the medical logic behind it, that Tennys can play because he’s a citizen of the USA, and I cannot. If I had a US passport or a green card, I might have the opportunity to play.

“Perhaps there’s a political logic behind it – not medical – but I might fairly not get into that and you possibly can understand why.”

Sandgren shared his support to Djokovic on social media earlier this yr when he claimed he would have pulled out of the Australian Open in support of the 20-time Grand Slam winner.

“You understand when an ‘icon of free alternative’ isn’t welcome in a western country, things have gone bat**** crazy,” Sandgren tweeted.

“I wish I used to be there just so I could pull out. I assume solidarity is barely cool when it comes with a check. If you happen to think the game tennis matters greater than this issue – you might be a f****** moron.”

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