Novak Djokovic is registered for the Miami Open despite Covid regulations preventing him from entering the U.S.
Novak Djokovic appeared in the Miami Masters 1,000 entry list. published this Tuesday, a surprise given that the United States regulation that prohibits the entry into the country of people not vaccinated against covid prevents their participation in the event. This rule will be eliminated on May 10, as announced by the authorities of the North American country, which would hinder their participation in the event. both in Indian Wells (March 6 to 19) as in Miami (March 19 to April 2).
Until May 10, U.S. regulations require non-citizens and non-residents to present a certificate of vaccination against coronavirus, a requirement that the Belgrade tennis player does not meet because of his refusal to be vaccinated. For this very reason, ‘Nole’ did not step on the court on the 2022 American tour.Neither in the beginning of the campaign, in Indian Wells and Miami, nor in the summer tour, in Washington, Montreal and Cincinnati, in addition to the New York ‘big one’, the US Open.
The Serb’s only option to fight for the first two Masters 1000 of the course – crucial in the battle for number one with Carlos Alcaraz-. would be to have an exemption certificatebut last year, faced with the same type of problem, he ended up resigning.
Nadal also appears on the list
Rafa Nadal, who injured the iliac psoas in his left leg during a match at the last Australian Open, also appears on the list, although his participation is practically ruled out. The Spaniard recently announced that he will not play the exhibition against Alcaraz in Las Vegas (March 5) as he continues with the recovery process, so it is complicated for him to reach Miami, where he has not competed since 2017.
Alcaraz will not miss the appointment
The Spaniard who will not skip the tournament – barring force majeure circumstances – will be Alcaraz. The Murcian will defend his scepter in a tournament in which the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, champion in 2021, and the American John Isner, champion in 2018, are also registered.
This appointment is fundamental to fulfill his plan of return “as soon as possible” to the number one ranking.because he is defending a whopping 1,000 points.