Novak Djokovic is still holding out hope he’ll be able to compete at the US Open.
As things stand, the Serbian won’t be able to play on the hard court given his refusal to take a COVID-19 vaccine, which is required to enter the United States.
Nevertheless, Djokovic is working as though he’ll be at Flushing Meadows.
“I am preparing as if I will be allowed to compete, while I await to hear if there is any room for me to travel to the US,” he wrote on Instagram, accompanied by a video of one of his practice sessions.
The Wimbledon champion also took the opportunity to thank the messages of support he’s received from fans.
“I just wanted to take a moment and say to all of you how grateful I am to see so many messages of support and love from all around the world these days,” he wrote.
“I wasn’t expecting it, and that’s why it feels so mindblowing. Just wanted to say THANK YOU.”
The three-time US Open winner was included in the entry list for the Grand Slam event that will be played in New York, but that was a purely for bureaucratic reasons.