Novak Djokovic will not play in the Canadian Open, which takes place between August 5-14 in Montreal.
While Tennis Canada did not report the reasons for the withdrawal, it is thought to be related to the fact that Djokovic remains unvaccinated against COVID-19 and Canada requires all foreigners arriving in the country to be vaccinated to avoid a 14-day quarantine period.
Last week, Djokovic said on his Twitter account that he was confident he would be able to play in the US Open, which will be played in New York between August 29 and September 11.
But the US currently requires people arriving in the country to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, so the current world no.6’s participation is far from guaranteed.
Djokovic has repeatedly said he will not be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
After winning Wimbledon, Djokovic reiterated that he would not be vaccinated to facilitate his participation in the US Open or other tournaments.
“Personally, I do not have any hope. I do not believe that [president Joe] Biden will change the rules before the tournament begins,” Djokovic‘s coach Goran Ivanesic said.
Ivanesic labeled the current policy as nonsensical
“If you are vaccinated but positive you can enter the United States, but you are banned if you are not vaccinated and you are negative,” Ivanesic said.
“There is too much politics in the world of sport.”
Unable to play in either Canada or the United States, Djokovic will likely return to the courts in September to play in the Davis Cup in Valencia.