"It's unfortunate" - former British number one Jo Durie on Djokovic potentially missing US Open

Former British number one and world number 5 Jo Durie says it's unfortunate that Djokovic will most likely miss the US Open.

Days are passing and nothing is coming from the US that would make Djokovic fans think that he'll be in Flushing Meadows. The topic is only discussed in tennis circles and not many outside of the sport are even talking about it. It's unclear whether Djokovic will get some sort of exemption to enter the US for the US Open but it doesn't seem likely.

Former tennis pro Jo Durie thinks it's unfortunate:

“What a mess at the beginning of the year in Australia. Bad communication and it was really tough on him. Now we have the US Open and he can’t go to that. He has pulled out of the Canadian (Open) because he is not vaccinated. He is so strong mentally with the things he wants to do, but it looks tough at the moment. It’s unfortunate. That’s the rules in America at the moment."

She concluded:

“Most countries have opened up now, but who am I to say (whether he should be allowed to play)? It’s a real shame that he can’t go and play at the moment because obviously, he would be the favourite.”

Djokovic is currently preparing as if he will be allowed to play but his recent Montreal withdrawal proved that countries are unlikely to change rules for him. The US Open is much more important than the event in Montreal but seems unlikely that the Biden administration will budge.

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