21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic’s chances of playing in the US Open tournament later this month received a big boost when American health chiefs relaxed nationwide coronavirus guidance for unvaccinated people two-and-a-half weeks before the start of the tournament.
The former world number one tennis player had not taken a vaccine against COVID-19 and because of that was barred from entering the United States. But now, despite being ‘unvaccinated’, Djokovic can play in New York.
The American authorities have made changes to the COVID norms. They have decided they will not discriminate between those who have taken the COVID vaccine and those who haven’t. This will allow the 2022 Wimbledon winner to play the final Grand Slam of the year beginning on August 29.
The US Open organisers are yet to officially announce the development. But it is certain now that Djokovic will be in action in New York.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced that they will be relaxing regulations surrounding entry requirements and quarantine. But for now, these changes are currently related to US citizens only.
On Thursday, the CDC, the agency that governs health measures in the United States, announced the end of many of the COVID restrictions. The main one is that, from Friday, vaccinated people will be treated the same as unvaccinated people.
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