Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams on US Open entry lists — however that does not imply they’re going to play

Nevertheless, the inclusion does not imply that both will certainly play.

Williams returned to grand slam motion this month at Wimbledon after a year-long break — however was knocked out within the first spherical after a three-hour, 11-minute tussle with France’s Concord Tan.

However Williams, who turned 40 final September, is refusing to surrender on her pursuit of a record-equaling 24th grand slam title, 5 years after she claimed her final on the Australian Open. She is at the moment entered in tournaments that can happen later this summer time in Toronto and Cincinnati.

In the meantime, greater than 23,000 folks have signed a web based petition on calling for america Tennis Affiliation (USTA) and the US authorities to permit Djokovic to compete within the grand slam.

Djokovic’s refusal to take the Covid-19 vaccine has hindered his participation in tournaments around the globe, with the Serb unable to defend his Australian Open title in January after being deported following a period in detention.

He later advised the BBC that he can be keen to overlook tournaments to take care of his unvaccinated standing and he has forgone enjoying in a number of tournaments all year long, together with these based mostly within the US, such because the Miami Open and Indian Wells.

He has performed in two grand slams this 12 months — the French Open, the place he misplaced to eventual champion Rafael Nadal within the quarterfinals, and Wimbledon, the place he gained his fourth version in a row with victory over Australia’s Nick Kyrgios within the remaining.

“Per the Grand Slam Rule E-book, all eligible gamers are mechanically entered into the boys’s and girls’s singles fundamental draw fields based mostly on rating 42 days previous to the primary Monday of the occasion,” the USTA stated in an announcement Wednesday.

“The US Open doesn’t have a vaccination mandate in place for gamers, however it’ll respect the U.S. authorities’s place concerning journey into the nation for unvaccinated non-U.S. residents,” it added.

At present unable to enter america — and together with his participation within the Australian Open additionally unsure on account of legal guidelines that might ban him from coming into the nation for an extra three years — Djokovic’s subsequent look at a grand slam could possibly be the 2023 French Open.

CNN’s Jill Martin, Issy Ronald and George Ramsay contributed reporting.

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