As expected, the US Senate voted on Wednesday evening to end the state of emergency regarding Covid-19 in the United States. A lifting of the bans which will allow Novak Djokovic to return to the US Open next summer.
Green light for Novak Djokovic. The Serbian winner of the tournament three times since the start of his career (in 2011, 2015 and 2018) will be able to return to the US Open. Since 2021 and his defeat in three sets in the final against Daniil Medvedev, who had won his first Grand Slam tournament there, the former world number 1 has not set foot in Flushing Meadows. It will make its comeback next August (the tournament will take place from August 28 to September 10).
As expected, three years after taking the measure in the heart of the pandemic, the American Senate voted on Wednesday evening to end the state of emergency and at the same time relaxed the restrictions on entry into American territory. Very specifically, travelers who have not been vaccinated against Covid 19 will be able to enter US territory again from mid-April. Which was not the case a few weeks ago, thus forcing the “GOAT” (22 Grand Slam titles) to be scratched from its calendar and Indian Wells and Miami, which it has both won five times.
Djokovic has missed Indian Wells and Miami this year
Refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19, the “Djoker” had been forced in the same way to give up the last edition of the US Open, which had marked the advent of the new king Carlos Alcaraz. For the same reasons, the triple winner in New York, who has not stepped on an American court since that same September 12, 2021, had to forfeit Indian Wells in 2022. So this year, which had seen the Californian Masters – won by Alcaraz – but also that of Miami in the wake of arguing without the former world number 1, now 13th.
Naturally, the return to Flushing Meadows of the great absentee from last season will be one of the main attractions of the next US Open. Especially since it is not impossible to think that by then, the winner of the Australian Open in January will also have lifted the trophy at Roland-Garros and Wimbledon. He would therefore be aiming for this historic Grand Slam calendar in New York, which he missed two years ago after this defeat in the final against Medvedev.