World No. 2 Novak Djokovic is still officially entered but he is already on the Indian Wells Masters “We Miss You” wall. Djokovic, a five-time Indian Wells champion, signed up to play the Indian Wells Masters but admitted two weeks that he’s unlikely to be allowed to enter the United States due to their vaccine rules.
“As of today, I cannot because I cannot enter the United States.
As of today, I’m not able to play (Indian Wells). But let’s see what happens. Maybe things change in the next few weeks,” Djokovic said in Dubai two weeks ago.
Djokovic sticking to his principles
When Djokovic decided to publicly address for the first time what went down in Australia, he confirmed that the Australia visa debacle didn’t change his vaccine stance.
Djokovic hasn’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 and he has made it clear he doesn’t plan to get the vaccine just for the sake of being allowed to play every tournament. “As an elite athlete, I want to triple-check everything that enters my body.
If something changes for 0.5% in my body, I feel it. I am just cautious before making any decisions, I am taking my time and keeping my mind open. I will live with the consequences,” Djokovic told RTS. “I stand for choice and the autonomy of every individual, that every person has the right to decide in the matter of their health.
I don’t like being labelled and put in the same category with certain initiatives or movements, I never said I support any of those. I have always tried to respect everybody’s choices, I hope that people can respect mine as well”.
Djokovic kicked off his 2022 season two weeks ago in Dubai. Djokovic made the Dubai quarterfinal, before suffering a shock loss to Jiri Vesely. Djokovic’s future on the Tour is uncertain but the latest news coming from France suggest he will be able to play the French Open.