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Novak Djokovic’s disability Participation in the US Open The 21-time Grand Slam champion has nothing to regret because of his vaccination status earlier this month – even if it means more time between tournaments and a drop in the rankings.

Djokovic stood by his decision not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at a press conference on Thursday Lava Cup in London aheadSaid he was well aware of the consequences.

Novak Djokovic of Team Europe looks on during the first day of the Laver Cup on September 23, 2022 in London, England.
(Luke Walker/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

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“I have no regrets. I mean, I feel sad that I didn’t play (At the US Open), but it was a decision I made and I knew what the consequences would be,” he said Thursday. “So I accepted them, and that’s it.”

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Federal travel restrictions have prevented Djokovic from entering the United States because entry requires non-citizens to be vaccinated against COVID.

United States Tennis Association (USTA) issued a statement over the summer announcing that the tournament would comply with federal policy even if it did not have a vaccine mandate.

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“I’m obviously not used to making long breaks between tournaments in the last 15 to 20 years, but it is what it is,” Djokovic added. “That’s the situation I’ve been in. I’m excited to play here now — and most of the indoor (tournaments) for the rest of the season.”

FILE - Novak Djokovic of Serbia wipes off sweat during training at the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament on April 30, 2022 in Madrid, Spain.

FILE – Novak Djokovic of Serbia wipes off sweat during training at the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament on April 30, 2022 in Madrid, Spain.
(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

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Djokovic was deported from Australia in January after traveling there on a visa with a medical exemption for the year’s first Grand Slam tournament. When he was able to compete in the French Open and later won Wimbledon, He is currently ranked No. 7 in the world as ranking points are not awarded at the All England Club due to a ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes.

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Djokovic is facing a three-year ban as a result of his deportation, but despite hoping for the best, it’s not something he’s given much thought to.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds the Norman Brooks Challenge Cup after defeating Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds the Norman Brooks Challenge Cup after defeating Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021.
(AP Photo/Mark Dadswell, File)

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“It’s really out of my hands right now,” he said Thursday. “So I’m hoping I’ll get some positive news.”

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Australian Open Djokovic has had one of the most successful performances – winning a record nine titles. He said back in May that he holds “no grudges” over the incident and that if given the chance, “I’d love to come back.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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