Novak Djokovic, the former world No. 1 in tennis, will be able to play at the US Open this year after the Senate voted to end Covid-19 measures. He had not played in the United States since losing the 2021 US Open final due to Covid measures introduced by the government during the height of the pandemic. The United States required international visitors to show proof of vaccination, which Djokovic had not received.
However, the US Senate passed a bill on Wednesday to end Covid-19 declarations put in place by former President Donald Trump on March 13, 2020. The bill had already been cleared by the House of Representatives earlier this year and is expected to be signed by President Joe Biden.
The vote means that agencies in the US will begin winding down Covid measures, paving the way for Djokovic to take part in the US Open. The tournament will be live on Sky Sports in August. Djokovic had missed the US Open last year and was also denied permission to enter America for the Miami Open and Indian Wells.
Djokovic has won the US Open title three times, most recently in 2018, while finishing as runner-up six times. His absence from last year’s tournament was a significant blow for the Serbian player, who had been in impressive form leading up to the event. With the end of Covid-19 measures, Djokovic will have the opportunity to compete for another US Open title, and fans of the sport will be eagerly awaiting his return to the court.